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Posted by MAZ [629.14] on April 04, 2004 at 01:06:07:

Last week I was diagnosed with Costo, luckily without going through all of the tests for heart problems like others have mentioned on this site. I too thought I was having some heart problem, but the Dr. seemed to know right away that it was Costo. when she pressed on my sternum and it hurt very badly. I am 24 years old, and after reading all of the comments on the site, I am getting worried about having this for a longer than I was expecting. The Dr. told me that it could last 6-8 weeks or more. She put me on 800 mg of ibupropen 3 times per day. It seems to be helping so far. How will I know if it is "better." Is this treatment really a possible way to help it, or does everyone have to do some sort of relaxation technique like you've mentioned? I know that mine has come from stress, simply because I haven't done anything else that could have caused it. Do most people have it for life, or can it really go away? I am trying to be positive and think that I will get better, but when I read people's comments like this, it makes me scared that I could be dealing with this for a long time. Thank you.
-MAZ



Re: Newcomer to Costocondritis.

Posted by Cynthia [80.56] on April 04, 2004 at 08:41:32:

In Reply to: Newcomer to Costocondritis. posted by MAZ [629.14] on April 04, 2004 at 01:06:07:

My first experience with costo was when my father had a heart operation. I would visit him in the hospital almost doubled over but had to stand up straight so HE wouldn't know what's going on and worry. I happen to have fibromyalgia too and costo is often part of that. All I can tell you is that it comes and goes, it hurts, for me especially when I have to turn in bed. But it's bearable. I know nobody that has it continuously. I have it for a few weeks then it goes away. skips a year or two. I know for me it happens with stress. I was such a wreck when my Dad went to the hospital, scared to death and that's when it first occurred. Like anything else, we worry that it will be lifelong...it may be but on and off and if you're like most people, mostly off.

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Re: Newcomer to Costocondritis. (Lifelong only though ignorance.) Archive.

Posted by Walt Stoll [9.8] on April 05, 2004 at 05:39:16:

In Reply to: Newcomer to Costocondritis. posted by MAZ [629.14] on April 04, 2004 at 01:06:07:

Maz & Cynthia.

Have either of you spent a few hours on the costochondritis archives, and from thence to the bracing archives and glossary?

This totally unnecessary condition will last lifelong unless you deal with the mechanism of causation and you will be rid of it within 6 months if you understand it.

Walt

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