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Posted by venus on May 26, 2003 at 18:51:41:

About a year and a half ago, i started getting chest pains. I went to the hospital, doctors and naturopaths. at the hospital, I was told I had costochondritis. they did and ekg and monitored my oxygen. Then I was sent home. I had fallen snowboarding about a week before all this started. i fell backwards and had trouble breathing, was super dizzy and my neck was all stiff and swollen on one side. I went to the chiropracter and he said I had whiplash from the fall. The dizziness cleared up, but the stiff neck and back lasted for quite a while. At first the chest pains were sever and only occured when i excersised. Then they became a daily occurance. I am very afraid of having heart disease. I went for a physical and she did blood tests, and sent me for another ekg. She said everything was normal. I had no sign of heart problems in my blood and the ekg was normal. They did not give me an xray or stress test as they said everything seemed fine. I even went to a heart specialist and he looked at the ekg and said it was fine. I have high blood pressure and cholesteral and live a very stressful life. How does the ekg let them know FOR SURE that I do not have heart failure or something? I now get palpitations when I sit for a long time and I have cough. I wonder if I could have asthma or something else. People thinnk I am crazy, as I am only 35 and a woman. I am now afraid to excersise and worry every day about this. I was in a car accident 10 years ago and cracked my sternum. I have read all the stuff on bracing. I have sat propped up to one side for all these years as my back and chest became very weak from the accident. Could all this trouble be related to the chest injury from way back? I want to know that I do not have heart disease or something terrible. I just want to feel well again. I also had a root canal two years ago and wondered if it could be causing some of this.
Thank you so much.



Re: costochondritis

Posted by Happygal on May 26, 2003 at 22:33:47:

In Reply to: costochondritis posted by venus on May 26, 2003 at 18:51:41:

Hi venus,

There are a lot of things you can do to help yourself. It's great that you started learning about bracing because it sounds like it's true for you. Did you read the article on Skilled Relaxation to learn how you can dissolve bracing?

I'm concerned that you saw a chiropractor but never went for massage. It might help you a lot as long as you also do Skilled Relaxation. Also consider doing a daily stretching program to help loosen up tight areas in your body.

I don't think the root canal has anything to do with it (I used to be a dentist's assistant) but definitely the results of an accident can be stored in the body for decades or forever. It sounds like you never fully recovered from it and kept adding new problems on top of it.

You will also learn a lot about how to help yourself by reading the costochondritis archives.

What are you doing to resolve the stressful life, the high blood pressure and cholesterol?

You really need to start taking care of yourself in all ways in order to keep your health problems from continuing to build up, and to reduce them and get well again. Read the article, "How to be Healthy."

Best wishes,
Happygal (Certified Massage Therapist)

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Re: costochondritis (ANYTHING but THAT!!) Archive

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 27, 2003 at 08:59:42:

In Reply to: costochondritis posted by venus on May 26, 2003 at 18:51:41:

Hi, Venus.

Listen to Happygal.

Once you deal with your costochondritis, and your symptoms disappear, what will you find to worry about then???

Read the bracing and the costo archives about your options and let us know how you do.

Walt

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Re: costochondritis

Posted by Jen on May 27, 2003 at 12:23:18:

In Reply to: costochondritis posted by venus on May 26, 2003 at 18:51:41:

I've gone thru the exact same things you are now. I think I have spent more time in the ER and clinic, than most people do in a lifetime. I also had EKG, heart monitor, xrays,and even an echocardiogram. My heart is fine. I still am working on the SR, and everytime my pain comes, I just keep telling myself that it's the costo, and NOT my heart. It'll take some time to convince yourself, I still am trying. But read the costo archives, and learn about the bracing and SR. I've still got lots to learn, but what I've read here is helping me. Remember, it takes time to heal yourself. And even longer if you aren't comitted to doing it! :)



Re: costochondritis

Posted by venus on June 06, 2003 at 14:32:11:

In Reply to: Re: costochondritis posted by Jen on May 27, 2003 at 12:23:18:

Thank you Dr. stoll for the excellent web site. I was very glad that you replied to my costchondritis question. I thinnk more dorctors like you are needed in our health care systems. I am going to try the relaxation info suggested. I am still worried about heart issues as I still get palpiataions and pains daily. we will see how it goes. Anyhow, really enjoy the site.



Re: costochondritis

Posted by Walt Stoll on June 07, 2003 at 07:47:10:

In Reply to: Re: costochondritis posted by venus on June 06, 2003 at 14:32:11:

Thanks, Venus.

Walt

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