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   Posted 5/21/2010 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
The dr. told me that is what I have. He did an ekg to be sure. I am relieved it is not my heart. He said to take some type of anti-inflamatory medication like aleve. It may take 4-6 weeks before it goes away. Lucky me. Oh well, atleast I know what is wrong and I am not dying yeah .
I struggle with FM,Raynauds Syndrome,gastroparesis, IBS and depression. I trust in God with all things. Been a tough journey and it's not getting any easier but thanks to God and my family I am not alone.

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   Posted 5/21/2010 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
At least you know that your heart is OK.  I am not real sure how often costo flares but I "think I had bouts of that 3 summers ago, oh the pain, I thought I was having a heart attack but because of out high deductible ins I didn't go to the ER.  I had a few major health issues going on at the time too.
I hope the anti inflammatories work for yoy!!
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   Posted 5/22/2010 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
I get costo off and on and ibuprofen does help me, too.  I hope this clears up fast for you.  By the way, be sure to take NSAID's with food to help protect your stomach.

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   Posted 5/22/2010 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
The first time I had this was during my first bout of pneumonia almost 14 yrs ago. I had never heard of it before, knew I wouldn't remember the name from the dr office to my house, so I asked her to write it down. Unfortunately, since that time, I have become very well acquainted w/ it.
I don't even need to get sick w/ pneumonia anymore to get it.  :-)   Just the simple act of bending over can set the pain starting in my sternum. It gets so bad, it takes my breath away. I use my heating pad and Tylenol Arthritis to help w/ the pain. I can't use Advil or such, wish I could.
I have also had my heart checked out, just to be sure. Heart is fine, it's everything else that's going south. smilewinkgrin
Hope you are feeling better!
God bless.  Alice.

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   Posted 5/22/2010 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm wondering now why my doc is so quick to put me on Prednisone when so many of you take anti-inflamitories? I have had severe bronchitis this go round. Think I'll ask him because I really don't like taking it. Thank you all for your knowledge & sharing. Take care Cathie

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   Posted 5/23/2010 4:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone. I am taking the ibuprofren and it's not helping. It just hurts bad. I have had this pain before just not like this. I am mess. Somebody get me some chocolate, that makes everything better.
I struggle with FM,Raynauds Syndrome,gastroparesis, IBS and depression. I trust in God with all things. Been a tough journey and it's not getting any easier but thanks to God and my family I am not alone.

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   Posted 5/23/2010 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Something related and somewhat simlilar: I have slipping rib syndrome, which produces pain where the ribs connect to the cartilage. (Actually the cartilage in an adult is all turned to bone.) Three of my lower ribs roll over the one below and make a snapping feeling, and sometimes sound. Treatment was first a local steroid injection which didn't help at all. Then I had a nerve block for each rib a couple of inches medial to the spine. This has helped a lot, but is not perfect and I can still feel the ribs rolling over. But it's way better than it was!

I'll go back to the pain doc in another month or so and see if he wants to do another block or just do an ablation of the nerves. After ablation (destroying a spot in each one with heat) the nerves do grow back, but it can take a year.

The alternative is having a whole rib removed surgically. I don't think I want that just now, especially when I have three of them!

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   Posted 5/24/2010 7:55 AM (GMT -7)   
What is costochondritis?
"Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength."


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