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Posted by
Jessica Weakman on September 10, 2003 at 15:08:07:

I have had this problem for about 10 months or so--it started about three months after the birth of my second daughter. It began as pain in my right side rib area, not sharp pain, mainly just dull pain aggravated by movement. Not really tender to the touch either. Then I began to feel a "popping," not really a pop like you get with a knee or neck, but kind of a continuous creaking, which I can recreate by pushing on my right side ribcage near my sternum. I mainly feel it when laying on my back at night, not usually when standing. There really isn't any pain associated with the popping, and it isn't a loud or audible pop. It feels close to the surface, as if there is too much movement of those particular ribs. My doctor felt that it was a strain or bruise, he really didn't have a good explanation for the pop. I called a nurseline and the nurse I spoke to thought it could be related to the heaviness of breastfeeding and constantly carrying an infant. The pain has since subsided, it's just that the popping has never gone away and it's really disconcerting. I am still straining myself on a regular basis because my now one-year-old child is very heavy and demanding. Likely it's been brought on by overexertion but I would like another opinion as to what could cause this.

Thanks!



Re: costochondritis?

Posted by Barb on September 10, 2003 at 15:11:46:

In Reply to: costochondritis? posted by Jessica Weakman on September 10, 2003 at 15:08:07:

Hi Jessica, there is alot of information on costo in the archives and glossary. It also sounds like your ribs might be out. Have you seen a message therapist or Chiropractor?



Re: costochondritis? Most likely. Archive in pregnancy.

Posted by Walt Stoll on September 11, 2003 at 07:04:37:

In Reply to: costochondritis? posted by Jessica Weakman on September 10, 2003 at 15:08:07:

Hi, Jessica.

Pregnancy and carrying around the child are pretty common causes of costochondritis.

Look at the bracing and the costo archives and get rid of it.

Let us know what you learn and how you do.

Walt

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Re: costochondritis?

Posted by
Jessica Weakman on September 11, 2003 at 08:53:34:

In Reply to: Re: costochondritis? posted by Barb on September 10, 2003 at 15:11:46:

No, I haven't seen a chiropractor or massage therapist--I guess mainly because I haven't been in that much pain--but a visit is probably worth it. I've had a lot of anxiety over what might be causing this.

What do you mean that my "ribs might be out?" Is this something that could be caused by pregnancy/straining?

Any help is appreciated. I didn't want to go back to my regular physician because I know he'll put me through a battery of tests. I'm an otherwise healthy 26 year old who doesn't need the added anxiety associated with lots of medical testing.

thanks!

Jessica



Re: costochondritis?

Posted by
Janice on September 12, 2003 at 18:26:39:

In Reply to: Re: costochondritis? posted by Jessica Weakman on September 11, 2003 at 08:53:34:

Hi Jessica:

I was diagnosed with costochondritis almost a year ago. I was in a car accident last November. I found this site while I was on sick leave and this site has helped me tremendously. It's been almost 10 months since I was diagnosed and I've been pain free for about 4 months now. Go to the archives and read up. Skilled relaxation is the main thing to do. Anxiety makes the pain worse - so try to relax. Wish you well.

Janice



Re: costochondritis? TESTIMONIAL

Posted by Walt Stoll on September 13, 2003 at 07:48:18:

In Reply to: Re: costochondritis? posted by Janice on September 12, 2003 at 18:26:39:

Thanks, Janice.

Sharing experiences makes this 'site more effective.

Walt

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