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Posted by Sarita [1932.4] on July 11, 2004 at 22:34:14:

I was diagnosed with costo, or rather "chest wall inflammation", 4 months ago. It started as severe breastbone pain, but now seems almost completely isolated to my shoulder, collarbone area, armpit and outer breast. Is it possible for healing to work its way outward? My sternum almost never hurts anymore. Secondly, is it possible for a large chest to exacerbate the symptoms? I am well-endowed, if you will, and my mom and I think it might be affecting the costo. Finally, if you only had the money to visit one, would you recommend a chiropractor or a massage therapist? (Let me add that I've been having neck and back pain as well). Thank you so much in advance for your advice. This board is magnificent.



Re: costo advice needed

Posted by Ron [1540.81] on July 11, 2004 at 22:54:59:

In Reply to: costo advice needed posted by Sarita [1932.4] on July 11, 2004 at 22:34:14:

Hi Sarita,

Has anyone metioned Pleurisy?
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001371.htm

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Re: costo advice needed

Posted by
DianeAC [210.74] on July 11, 2004 at 23:23:30:

In Reply to: costo advice needed posted by Sarita [1932.4] on July 11, 2004 at 22:34:14:

Sarita - from my vicarious experience with my husband's aches and pains, I have been overwhelmingly impressed with the skills of a GOOD massage therapist. Also with a GOOD chiropractor but I think if I had to compare the two, I'd go with the massage therapist.

For a recent example (and we moved two years ago and have not totally replaced the good team we had before the move), my husband was having a recurrence of fairly severe shoulder pain, despite surgery a few years ago to repair a torn rotator cuff. It was getting worse so we found the most highly recommended orthopedic surgeon in the area and were getting set to have him go in again.

In the meantime a nurse we know told us of a terrific massage therapist she knew and suggested we check her out. Well, thank goodness we did! She is fabulous and in just a few sessions she has resolved the shoulder pain and a number of other problem areas. Surgery is no longer being considered.

Incidentally, we live in California where massage therapists are not certified - thus, no ongoing requirements for keeping certification updated. But our therapist studied and was certified in Washington state. She is far superior to the other two therapists we tried in this area. And, since she wants to keep her Washington certification current, she stays current on her learning.

I cannot say enough about our positive experience but I would stress that you not just go to anyone - get some recommendations first and make sure they are enthusiastic recommendations!

Very good luck to you.

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Re: costo advice needed

Posted by DrDave [1460.109] on July 12, 2004 at 06:36:28:

In Reply to: costo advice needed posted by Sarita [1932.4] on July 11, 2004 at 22:34:14:

A massage therapist is going to be less expensive and give you short term relief. A chiropractor is going to be more expensive and give you much longer term relief.

Until you get the spinal dysfunction corrected, which is causing the rib tension and muscle contractions, the problem will be ongoing.

Search this site about skilled relaxation to help stabilize the situation after getting it corrected. You should be given certain stretches and light exercises by the chiropractor to combat any weakness leading to this and counteract the pressure having a large chest causes.

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Re: costo advice needed

Posted by ph [217.23] on July 12, 2004 at 23:58:30:

In Reply to: costo advice needed posted by Sarita [1932.4] on July 11, 2004 at 22:34:14:

Many years ago I did see a chiro for costo. At that time I didn't know it was called costo or anything about it. Those visits and the stretching exercises didn't do squat for me.

It was on this site that I found out what it was and it was meditation (skilled relaxation) that made the costo vanish immediately.



Re: costo advice needed SR TESTIMONIAL

Posted by Walt Stoll [9.8] on July 13, 2004 at 06:49:26:

In Reply to: Re: costo advice needed posted by ph [217.23] on July 12, 2004 at 23:58:30:

Thanks, PH.

Walt

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Re: costo advice needed

Posted by Happygal [2070.350] on July 13, 2004 at 06:55:14:

In Reply to: costo advice needed posted by Sarita [1932.4] on July 11, 2004 at 22:34:14:

Hi Sarita,

You might start with the massage therapist and see if you need to make a few visits to a chiropractor over the course of treatment.

Definitely, do skilled relaxation.

Best wishes,
Jan DeCourtney, CMT

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