GERD or Costochondritis

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   Posted 10/16/2009 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
How can you tell if you have costo or GERD?  this is so annoying!!

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   Posted 10/16/2009 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   

I would suggest that you see your Physician for a dx. 

Costochondritis causes pain and tenderness in the locations where your ribs attach to your breastbone (costosternal joints). Often the pain is sharp, though it can also feel like a dull, gnawing pain. Pain associated with costochondritis occurs most often on the left side of your breastbone, though it can occur on either side of your chest.

Other costochondritis symptoms may include:

  • Pain when taking deep breaths
  • Pain when coughing
  • Difficulty breathing

GERD signs and symptoms include:

  • A burning sensation in your chest (heartburn), sometimes spreading to the throat, along with a sour taste in your mouth
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Dry cough
  • Hoarseness or sore throat
  • Regurgitation of food or sour liquid (acid reflux)
  • Sensation of a lump in the throat Referenece: Mayo Staff
This list is not all inclusive so please do follow up with your Doctor as we are not professionals  here in the forums.
Hope you get to the bottom of your problems.
Take care,

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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 10/16/2009 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Another sign of costochondritis is that you can sometimes make the pain worse by pressing in certain tender spots on your chest or back, or prodding the rib that is sliding around. With GERD the chest pain is more internal and pressing on your heartburn spot will not usually have any effect on the pain level.

Also if the soreness is on one side and you tend to sleep on that side, but then try sleeping on the other side and the pain goes away, it could mean it's costo.

GERD pain is usually changed by eating, while eating has no effect on costo pain.


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   Posted 10/16/2009 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   

yeah well makes me kind of mad that when i have gone to doctors, they haven't even palpitated the areas to see if they are sore to confirm consto.  i mean i'm not sure where to check.  it is sore in the area that i touch that hurts.  so i'm sure that is what it is.  hanging around a 3 yr old i'm sure i have gotten headbutted or kicked in my sleep.  ha  i also carry him sometimes which i shouldn't and carried my groceries on one arm not too long ago - all of them!! ha 

now my doc just called in  mobick - i said so if it's GERD it will make it hurt right?  the nurse said no.  huh?????  sheesh.  it's like a strong ibuprofen i guess.

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