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Posted by
Gavin on September 09, 2002 at 14:51:26:

After 9 months of suffering pain on the left hand side of my chest( just left of the breastbone towards the left arm pit), I have found that my consultant thinks it may be costochondritis. I have had ECG tests and blood tests and am awaiting electro-nerve conductivity test to eliminate the possibility of other conditions. I have browsed various web sites and am curious at how to manage this condition effectively and eventually beat it. As with many of the case histories on this site my life's been turned upside down. At first I thought I might have damaged my muscles by stretching at yoga, but anti inflammatory drugs didn't work. As time passed the pain increased. I found it painful to pick my son up, and still do (he's now 18 months old and 35lbs). I found running tiring and even walking briskly. I think it's because I've been stressing myself out and worrying what 's been wrong with me which has caused the tiredness. Now I think I know what's wrong with me I want to be positive and get some enjoyment out of my life again. Any advice and encouragement would be most gratefully appreciated and accepted.



Re: costochondritis

Posted by trudy on September 10, 2002 at 04:48:56:

In Reply to: costochondritis posted by Gavin on September 09, 2002 at 14:51:26:

Gavin,

That's where I have my primary costo problem also. My understanding is that usually it is closer to where the ribs connect to the sternum.

I have had this maybe 3 years and it has very slowly gotten worse. My docs originally said it was nothing, and only just recently was it diagnosed. My understanding from this site is that it is yet another thing that can be caused by "bracing" and stress, so I am hoping that following the recommendations in the site archives for that will be helpful. I am too new to that to tell if it will work, but stress reduction does lower pain levels in any event.


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Posted by Walt Stoll on September 10, 2002 at 08:31:26:

In Reply to: costochondritis posted by Gavin on September 09, 2002 at 14:51:26:

Hi, Gavin.

Costo is among the easiest diagnoses to make. It is interesting that you have already had more than $1000 worth of tests and the doc is just beginning to suggest this diagnosis.

Tests will not resolve this for you. You actually have to do the elimination of bracing options.

What have you learned from the costochondritis & the bracing archives?

Walt

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