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Posted by mom on July 09, 2003 at 09:45:16:

Dr. Stoll
I am the mother of a nine year old girl. She has been coming to me for the last year or two with what she calls "her heart hurts". This has been so vague that it has been hard to diagnos. We just got back from the doctor with a diagnosis of costochondritis. After reading all of the info on the web and your site, I am confused. No one mentions the possibility that this could occur in a child. While at the doctors office she had an ekg that was normal.
What gives?
Worried Mom



Re: costochondritis

Posted by Jon on July 09, 2003 at 10:41:12:

In Reply to: costochondritis posted by mom on July 09, 2003 at 09:45:16:

Everyone is born with a certain amount of "stress reserves" some have far more than others. This in combination with diet, exposures/lifestyles ect. can in some people, bring on this chronic bracing at a very early age.

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Re: costochondritis in 9 yo. (Archive in costo.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 10, 2003 at 08:27:41:

In Reply to: costochondritis posted by mom on July 09, 2003 at 09:45:16:

Hi, Mom.

Listen to Jon.

50 years ago this was never seen in children and was MUCH rarer in adults than it is now. The rapidly increasing environmental stressors and the rapidly reducing reserves in susceptible children (refined foods, etc) has produced an epidemic.

See the bracing archives and the costochondritis archives for what to do.

Kudos to yout doc for having made the diagnosis at once without thousands of dollars of useless tests!

Let us know how she does. The SR for children her age is in Deborah Rozman's "Meditating With Children".

Walt

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