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Posted by cassie on October 16, 2002 at 18:57:08:

Help! I've been in pain for over a month. I went to the ER twice and both times they coulden't find anything wrong. I have had blood tests, chest xrays, ekg's, pelvic and abdominal cat scans and still nothing. My latest trip was to a gastro doctor. he was the one who mentioned costrocondritis. He told me to take motrin and previcid. It has been over a week since I've started this medication and i still don't feel any relief. Some days it hardly bothers me at all and somedays I can't stand the pain. I'm the mom of 3 active little boys and I'm very scared. yes I'm a very stressed person and I worry about everything but never imagined I could do this to myself over stressing. I have read some of the messages posted and now I'm even more worried. I want to get better I can't stand myself like this. I keep thinking that the doctors missed something and I'm dying of some other thing. However after reading the symptoms they sound so much loke mine that it must be this. You mentioned support groups? when? where? The pain in my chest is so bad but my back hurts so bad too!!! The person who wrote in about someone standing on their chest sounds just like me. In the emergency room I kept telling the doctors it was like someone was laying me on the floor and putting cinder blocks on my chest or on my back. (i didn't know if the pain was coming from my chest or back) Anyway after they ruled out that i wasn't my heart they simply sent me home with a script for Percocet!! I can't take Percocet ( didn't I say i'm the mother of 3 little children) I spend half my day in the van driving them all over town. My husband says just listen to the doctor. I AM!!!! But it's not working. Please if someone has suggestions I will be willing to try.Also how do I confirm that this is costocondritis and that its not something lethal.



Re: costocondritis

Posted by
maria on October 16, 2002 at 21:31:45:

In Reply to: costocondritis posted by cassie on October 16, 2002 at 18:57:08:

Hi cassie, my name is maria.boy does your story sound just like mine.i also went to the er thinking i was having a heart attack, and they did xrays,blood work and ekg.my description exactly like yours but the pain in the back,i have pain in the left shouldere and arm.they gave me motrin,400mgs 3 times a day nad it hasnt helped at all.like you some days are better than others.also worry about them drs.missing something to.lolbut they say that if you worry then it gets worse because you stress out.which is kind of hard not to do when you worry about anything like me!but i am really trying not to pay to much attention to the pain and not to panick.i found a group at yahoo which is really good.i know that walt doesnt believe in support groups,but for me reading and sharing about this condition with others helps a little.at least you see that you are not alone.i am also the mother of three and its hard taking strong meds.i got my costo lifting rocks in my yard and since then i have pain that comes and goes.its frustrating to see that a lot of people have had this for months or even years.i am trying to do sr like walt says.anyways sorry for writing so much.try the group at yahoo.its xcaleed my yahoo groups and look for costochondritis.if you want to email me you can;maria10702002@yahoo.com.good luck and keep us posted.



Re: costocondritis (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 17, 2002 at 11:30:08:

In Reply to: costocondritis posted by cassie on October 16, 2002 at 18:57:08:

Hi, Cassie.

You have had ENOUGH evaluation! This is costo until proven otherwise. Your obscessive worry is only making your bracing (the cause of costo) a lot worse.

Put your efforts into dealing with the bracing and costo and let your results convince you. See the glossary for any unfamiliar terms and then go to the bracing and the costo archives till you begin to understand what you are dealing with and what to DO about it.

Then, if you are still putting most of your energy into worrying about "something else" being the problem you need to see a psychiatrist to help you understand why you would DO that; it is not rational.

Let us know how you do.

Walt

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Re: costocondritis

Posted by RickyDC on October 17, 2002 at 16:17:41:

In Reply to: costocondritis posted by cassie on October 16, 2002 at 18:57:08:

Cassie,
did you (ever) get a spinal check by an experienced chiropractor?
if the answer is no, like most of the "costo-epidemic" sufferers, I urge you to do so....:)

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Re: costocondritis

Posted by twinglesgramma on October 17, 2002 at 20:33:31:

In Reply to: Re: costocondritis posted by maria on October 16, 2002 at 21:31:45:

Wow, I had never heard of this condition until I saw it on another site. I have fibromyalgia and have severe sternum pain if I press on it. About 3 years ago I drove myself to the hospital thinking I was having a heart attack. Sore chest, left arm feeling wierd. Anyway, they kept me for 24 hours to make sure I was not then let me go. Never did get a diagnosis but later found out it is common for this to happen to people with fibro. It is pretty scary because sometimes one thinks maybe they should be checked out but gosh, you can't run to the Dr. every time you hurt. At least I can't. I have had the fibro for 12 years and have found to just live with it as nothing helps anymore. If I have been doing to much lifting or stretching I get the chest pains. Now I know what it is.



Re: costocondritis

Posted by carol on October 24, 2002 at 22:15:44:

In Reply to: Re: costocondritis posted by twinglesgramma on October 17, 2002 at 20:33:31:

I have fibromyalgia and costocondritis. I just got a shot of cortosone in my chest area this week. I am too sore just now from the shot itself to know if it has helped yet. I have found that the Doctors advice to put hot moist packs on my chest helps some. Best way I have found is to wet a hand towel and heat it in the microwave and then wrap it in another towel. Hot tub or hot showers help some. But rest seems to make it stop hurting quicker than any thing. I also am being treated for a almost frozen shoulder and have wondered if it could be related. I have been hurting for two years and I hurt into my back also. I just this past month found out what it was. I think that coughing for years with asthma may have started mine but the Dr. says that they see it alot with people that have had their gall bladder removed the old way where they had to clamp the ribs back. Hope this info is informative to you in a any little way. It would be nice to see you follow up with a posting to see if you gain any insite from all the replies.
Carol



Re: costocondritis

Posted by Walt Stoll on October 25, 2002 at 12:20:11:

In Reply to: Re: costocondritis posted by carol on October 24, 2002 at 22:15:44:

Carol.

Why not just get rid of it?

How to do that is on this website.

Walt

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