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What actually causes costocondritis and why left sided mainly?

Posted by
Mandy on August 24, 2002 at 19:00:14:


Can anyone actually tell me what causes this condition and why it is mainly the left side?



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Posted by labrat on August 24, 2002 at 20:54:47:

In Reply to: What actually causes costocondritis and why left sided mainly? posted by Mandy on August 24, 2002 at 19:00:14:

Here's what is written in the glossary on this website:

"Costo - Costochondritis Walt's Costo Summary and Q&A Archive
A condition that is caused by inflammation of the costochondral joints. This is perceived as chest pain with tenderness to one or both sides of the sternum (breast bone). Chest pains are often worse when taking a deep breath or when moving the chest wall.

Walt says: Costochondritis is simply inflammation of the rib joints, and attachments of intercostal muscles to the ribs, due to persistent "bracing" of the intercostal muscles. So far, the only known cause of this persistent tension of the intercostal muscles is chronic stress-effect storage in the hypothalamus. This makes breathing like trying to run with a muscle cramp in your leg. You can stop running, but you cannot stop breathing. SO, when this tension is always there of course, eventually, the muscles get painful and their attachments become inflamed."

Now that you know what causes it, you can get rid of it by reading about Bracing, SR and any other things those topics lead you to in the glossary and archives.

It happens on YOUR left side because that's the way your muscles braced more. In others, it happens in the chest area or even the back.

Hope this helps.

~~~8>

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As Walt would say, "Everyone is lop-sided". nmi

Posted by Roy on August 24, 2002 at 21:51:12:

In Reply to: What actually causes costocondritis and why left sided mainly? posted by Mandy on August 24, 2002 at 19:00:14:


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What actually causes costocondritis and why LEFTsided mainly? (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on August 25, 2002 at 10:45:50:

In Reply to: What actually causes costocondritis and why left sided mainly? posted by Mandy on August 24, 2002 at 19:00:14:

Hi, Mandy.

The reason it is mostly on the left side is a clue as to why it becomes a chronic problem in so many people: Pretty much every one knows the heart is on the left side. SO, pain on the left side says "heart" to many people.

The fact is that the heart is, embryologically, a midline organ. SO, without the anxiety, any heart pain would necessarily be midline. Referred pain can be to either side.

Hope this helps.

Walt

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