Dear SamJul -
I can *totally* relate. I have had costochondritis for the better part of 2.5 years, and there have been days where the pain and shortness of breath were so accute I could have sworn I was having a heart attack. I just remember that my costo and pluerisy are behind these symptoms and turn to home remedies (and one topcial RX) for comfort. Let me know if you'd like any suggestions. Or, if you have any suggestions to share with me, I'd certainly welcome them! I am *so* sick and tired of my costo!
Something that I've been meaning to pursue for myself, is asking my rheumatologist about the possiblity of having "infectious costochondritis" rather then just plain ol' costo. (Infectious costochondritis can be treated with antibiotics.) To me, it just seems odd that something like this would hang around for so long, especially given all the precautions I take to avoid prolonged periods of pain/inflammation in my chest.
Hope it helps you to know that you are not alone, because it sure helped me to read *your* note, SamJul.
I hope you'll KIT.