I have Costochondritis. its from the rib incision, aggravated by my moving around and from the sinus infection, even though it was mild.
This is from a website, but it kind of says what my Dr. Said.
Costo is an inflammation of the rib cartilage, and is sometimes diagnosed by pushing on the sternum, (area at the top where your ribs join) or by pushing on any sore spot on your ribs. Either should cause intense pain. *However*, not everyone with CC will respond like that.
In the beginning, costo is usually worse,it feels like there is an elephant sitting on your chest, it hurts to breathe, ribs hurt all over with intermittent sharp, stabbing pains, and usually a few "sore spots" on your ribs, that you would faint if someone poked you there. You might also feel like you are having a heart attack. Eventually, it might go down to a dull, but constant ache, or simply the feeling of sore ribs. It hurts to wear a bra, and different motions, like picking a child up from the floor, can cause a flare up, with intense pain. When it is a chronic condition, it tends to wax and wane, come and go. It might be better for a while, then you will reach for something in the wrong position and bam!, it is right back again.
Ibuprofen works for it, but he was worried that I was going to get an ulcer so he told me to use zantac and carafate and to only take 400-600 MG of Ibuprofen 3x daily and ice it, or heat it depending on what feels better.
I have a followup in 3 weeks.