Costochondritis

Posted by jadillow @jadillow, Mon, Apr 29 9:53am

I just wanted some more info on this for my chest pain and see if this is possibly an issue. I have a pain in upper ribs, both sides of sternum. Not intolerable but annoying. During time of pain it feels those ribs are “raised”. Any insight would be great. Thanks.

Hello @jadillow. I'd like to invite members, some of which you have met before, @merpreb, @teetee7, @wolfbauer, @dawn_giacabazi, @bozoian, @jwoj, and @annieecruz, to this discussion to share their experiences with costochondritis. @jadillow, you had mentioned in a few of your other discussions that your provider suspected costochondritis as a potential culprit for your pain and discomfort, have you followed up with them?

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@JustinMcClanahan

Hello @jadillow. I'd like to invite members, some of which you have met before, @merpreb, @teetee7, @wolfbauer, @dawn_giacabazi, @bozoian, @jwoj, and @annieecruz, to this discussion to share their experiences with costochondritis. @jadillow, you had mentioned in a few of your other discussions that your provider suspected costochondritis as a potential culprit for your pain and discomfort, have you followed up with them?

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Yes but nothing than a guess from
Them it seems.

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@JustinMcClanahan

Hello @jadillow. I'd like to invite members, some of which you have met before, @merpreb, @teetee7, @wolfbauer, @dawn_giacabazi, @bozoian, @jwoj, and @annieecruz, to this discussion to share their experiences with costochondritis. @jadillow, you had mentioned in a few of your other discussions that your provider suspected costochondritis as a potential culprit for your pain and discomfort, have you followed up with them?

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I'd like to be added to this discussion too. Sounds like I've stumbled onto what is going on with my chest pain that I've been told is arthritis. I looked it up and it describes perfectly The pain that comes and goes. I feel and broke several ribs 5 years ago. Now I get these pains and sometimes it's so acute that it makes me catch my breath. I'm a small framed, light weight, female, 58 yo with Fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, neuropathy and lumbar replacement. A totally messed up neck.

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@gldnrtrvrlvr

I'd like to be added to this discussion too. Sounds like I've stumbled onto what is going on with my chest pain that I've been told is arthritis. I looked it up and it describes perfectly The pain that comes and goes. I feel and broke several ribs 5 years ago. Now I get these pains and sometimes it's so acute that it makes me catch my breath. I'm a small framed, light weight, female, 58 yo with Fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, neuropathy and lumbar replacement. A totally messed up neck.

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@jadillow Good Morning. Just wanted to throw this experience in as a possibility. Have you been taking some form of boniva or other bone density medication? When my dexascan indicated a need for better bone density, I was prescribed a monthly dose of boniva. I had exactly the same side effects; pain in ribs and sternum. After 4 months, and with no other options, my primary care physician terminated the medication. Since then, I have had no reoccurrence.

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I have Osteoarthritis and lately I did lift a lot of heavy paper boxes which were I agree, too heavy for me. I started having pain in my chest and upper back but this is usual for me… but then I went outside for a walk and could not do it I had awful chest pain including crucifying pain on the side of my cage rib and upper chest… stopped walking it would go away, was not loosing my breath or anything but had to stop was too painful. About 4 days later I started back, then could not walk more than 3 to 4 minutes it would start back, finally decided to go to my doctor. Well he panicked and sent me to emerge for "heart tests" within no time I had done all of them, the only test that puzzled them was the "Stress test" walking on that strap did not do at all what it did when I was walking outside… but the doctor did not like that I had pain when not holding to the bar, when my arms where loose and moving while walking. So, he sent me for "Angiogram" which turned out to be completely normal and no blockage . Now they are giving me "acid reflux" pills saying it must me that ! I also started seeing and getting treatment at a Chiropractor, but this hurts soo much…
Please tell me, HOW do they diagnose "Costochondritis" ? and if it is that, what can we do to make it better? I suspect I've had that for quite some time which comes and goes now and then, is that at all possible.
Waiting for any help you can give me.
Thank you for reading.
Aurore

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Yes I do get this and it seems like a mystery as to why I have it. I was diagnosed with this symptom a few years ago. Mine is in the upper part of my chest. It sometimes burns and is tender to the touch. I feel like I also have a tightened band around me.. I get a lot of pain with breathing. I’ve had this for years but when I went off a strong pain med alot of chest pains returned. I also get a significant higher heart rate and palpitations. I too am going through a list of tests in the cardio diagnostic lab I hate bringing it up with my doctors because I have a few other “fires” to put out with my health. But this symptom has been on my mind because it flares up.
I hope you all find answers to this perplexing and painful problems.

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I have had a fullness or right feeling in middle of chest/sternum area and it comes and goes but stays for a little while. Also non stop belching. Possibly condritis ??

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@jadillow

I have had a fullness or right feeling in middle of chest/sternum area and it comes and goes but stays for a little while. Also non stop belching. Possibly condritis ??

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Check about your esphogas. It could be either your stomach or esphogas.

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@debbydew

Check about your esphogas. It could be either your stomach or esphogas.

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Yeah. I was thinking maybe all the burping and reflux caused it to hurt. I assume if it were my heart and it started early yesterday and went away and came back, then it would have already went out I guess

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Been having bad pains again on each side of sternum. Also feeling it at times in jaw and arm. Mostly in chest area near sternum for hours at s time. It will go away and them come back. Doctor rules out heart due to prior tests. Any advice??

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Hello @jadillow. The pains you are describing in your sternum area and at times in your jaw and arm, sound like the pains I get too. Like you, I was referred to a cardiologist when I first started to experience these unusual pains and heart problems were ruled out. The cardiologist diagnosed me with Costochondritis. It's difficult, at times, to find a position or medication to combat certain flares that I get. If I lay on my stomach and put gentle pressure on my sternum at the edge of my bed, that seems to help. (It looks like I am laying across my bed versus the normal way we lay down in our beds). Taking an anti-inflammatory at the onset of a flare sometimes really helps. When I feel the jaw pain start to set in, taking my nerve pain medication (Gabapentin) has helped in many instances. I don't know if you drink carbonated beverages, but if you do…I have noticed that those beverages increase the pains during a flare. Not sure why that is, but it's something that induces more pain in those areas for me. I have tried massaging different types of pain balms onto my sternum area, just to see if any of those might help, but I haven't found one yet that helps the sternum pain. I keep trying different positions during the flares, eliminate carbonated beverages and take an anti-inflammatory med. So sorry you suffer with this too. If I discover anything else that helps me, I will be sure to share with you. Take good care and best wishes for some kind of relief during your flares.

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Do you have any other pains due to this? It very annoying Sorry you are going through this as well. Feels almost like a straight line across ribs. From one side to the other.

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Oh yes, I have quite a few other pains, as well. I broke my back in 7 places ( thoracic vertebrae), in addition to fracturing my sacrum and tailbone segments in 2008. (I fell over 8 feet from a playhouse structure and landed on the hard earth). I had posterior back surgery as a trauma patient which involved repair work, hardware fusion with wire fixation. My T5, T6, T7 and T8 vertebrae all have over 50% loss of height with dehydrated discs. (Surgery is not an option). As a result of the hard impact to my body, I have a lot of nerve damage, muscle pain all over, osteoarthritis, etc. My ribs are always tender and I am pretty sure that is why I have Costochondritis. Do you have any past injuries or upper back problems?

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@teetee7 Oh wow what a fall your lucky to be doing as well as you can so you know about pain Just 1fracture for me but causes nerve pain. Stay strong 💪

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Thank you so much, @lioness. Absolutely, those fractures sure do cause quite a bit of nerve pain, which you can definitely relate to. I will always stay strong and keep as positive, as possible – stress and negativity don't agree with me, lol. Thanks for the support – you have my support and well wishes, too.

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