Costo or what ????plz help

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Date Joined Sep 2012
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   Posted 9/26/2012 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone it has been awhile since I posted so I will just give you all a quick run down
Had costo for as long as I can remember but not really diagnosed till mid 20's . The pain over the years has been very bad that I had to go to ER and mild but I am afraid to say I beleive it has now gone cronic ...I also suffer from anxiety so you can just imagine when i get a chest pain or pull or tightness ache I think it is my heart is one of the most frustrating things that we have to indure and ppl dont really understand it or the fear ...

So I got laid off in April and took the summer off which was great I needed the break .I had no flare ups during that time that I can recall ....then last 2 weeks things changed ...I started a new job last week desk all day and we are in the mists of doing reno's at home and had a surprise when we had to do the basement and the veranda as we have water damage ...alittle stress yes but now I have had for the last 3 days ...achey in upper chest hurts to touch starts around the upper chest near the armpits and comes across fear is getting higher thinking it is heart related but I did have a complete physical in July .and ecg was normal x-ray of chest was normal all blood work normal ...blood pressure normal what do I do ...I am freaking out alittle...VIEW IMAGE

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   Posted 9/26/2012 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like stress related. Your increased stress can be causing you to feel the pain of your costo stronger.
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   Posted 9/28/2012 6:37 PM (GMT -6)   
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.

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Date Joined Jun 2012
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   Posted 10/3/2012 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Good ol stress, yup, I've forgotten I also have costo this past year. Mostly due to the fact I am learning what kinds of aches and annoyances RA and Lupus cause. If I really thought about it(I'd rather not,lol) I am quite sure my costo has flared up too many times to care from all of the stress of doctors telling me all my pains and such were in my head. I have had mine for over 15 years and have just learned to deal with the pain. Just wondering if you also have developed acid reflux or GERD. One such ordeal many years ago, my costo pains were so bad it turned my esophagus in on itself.
One of my favorite things to do is fold towels right from the dryer. Mostly because I love the heat on my stomach. It helps with the costo and now helps with my ra and lupus. The doc that diagnosed my costo told me whatever works-heat or cold, use it and told me costo can either go away or hand around and flare up whenever-mostly in stressful situations. I was advised to avoid spicy food when dealing or in the midst of stressful situations. Seems to help after all the years.
Hope you find some relief. yeah
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