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.

@teetee7

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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@teetee7 Thank you I also am a positive person as well as I started a chair exercise at my Sr. Building Beast wishes to you

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@aurore

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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Hi @aurore
Mayo Clinic is who diagnosed my costro chondralchondritis. Mine was in the chondral junction. Here is a link for some information.
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/costochondritis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20371180
Have you discussed chondrites with your doctor?

Prayers for pain relief!!
Dawn

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@teetee7

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 it took 3 years for mine to heal. Takes a lot of physical therapy, ice & time to heal. Every time you take a breath your sternum joint moves to allow your chest to rise and fall, this constant movement along with the daily activities can prolong the healing time. I highly suggest discussing with your doctor the risk and benefits. Have you tried physical therapy or acupuncture?

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Doctors just keep telling me muscular skeletal issue but unfortunately there is never a flare up when I got to doctor. It is fine today but still feels a little heavy on sternum. Was very painful last few days.

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I have years of weightlifting and mma under my belt but never took any direct blows to that area that I’m aware of

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Can this pain sometime hurt middle back area and also I have the pains in my upper jaw? Not excruciating but annoying

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I had this before but all of a sudden just stopped. I don't know why it did unless putting lidocaine on everyday helped. Good luck.

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Lidocaine cream and Biofreeze helped me also. Thank you for all of the good information. I have been experiencing this costochondritis condition for some time and my chest pain comes and goes. I think it is important to push your doctor to do the requisite scans to rule out other conditions.

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I don't know if my pain is also related to chostocondritis. For upto four months now I always have pains on my chest from center to a little bit to the left and right ( both sides). I also get the pain when I sit for long with my back relaxed for long. And whenever I stretch my sternum makes a popping sound. I also have nerve thigh pains on both legs. And a feeling as if something is stuck in my throat. I have done ECG and xray tests and they couldn't see anything wrong. I'm frustrated

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