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Could this be Costochondritis??

Posted by
Lisa [6.1489] on October 08, 2004 at 14:57:25:

Hi. I'm a 36 year old female. About 6 months ago I was in the shower when I went to bend my head back to get the soap out of my hair, I felt this stabbing pain in my the right side of my chest. It really took my breath away, and not to mention, scared me to death! I was unable to move in any direction for about 2 minutes, and if I pressed in the middle of my chest over my sternum, the pain was worse. I thought maybe I had torn or pulled a muscle. It kept happening on and off and still does. The pain has not seemed to be as bad as it has been in the past (knock on wood!). It tends to come back whenever I stretch in a certin way, but not "eveytime" I stretch. I had an echocardigram about a year ago to check for a mitral valve prolapse, and everything came back normal. When the pain does occur, it seems to stay with me pretty much of the day. If I take advil, the pain decreases. I was just wondering if this sounds like Costochondritis?? I've been doing alot of reading up on it, and it seems so, but I would like your opinion. Thank you so much!

Lisa



Re: Could this be Costochondritis??

Posted by Walt Stoll [9.8] on October 08, 2004 at 17:35:56:

In Reply to: Could this be Costochondritis?? posted by Lisa [6.1489] on October 08, 2004 at 14:57:25:

Hi, Lisa.

Could be but all costochondritis starts with intercostal muscle muscle bracing and that is a perfect set up for straining injuries.

This most likely is a strain of a muscle and could easily be diagnosed by a masseuse, a chiropractor, a Rolfer--nearly anyone but a conventional medical doctor (although even one of us allopaths might stumble over the diagnosis).

Let us know what you learn.

Walt

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Re: Could this be Costochondritis??

Posted by Happygal [2070.350] on October 08, 2004 at 21:49:33:

In Reply to: Could this be Costochondritis?? posted by Lisa [6.1489] on October 08, 2004 at 14:57:25:

Hi Lisa,

I agree with Walt -- go get a massage therapist work it out first. If you simply have a tight muscle, it could be causing what you are experiencing. Go get it loosened up with some focused massage!

Best wishes,
Jan DeCourtney, cMT

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Re: Could this be Costochondritis??

Posted by
Lisa [15.1489] on October 09, 2004 at 11:20:37:

In Reply to: Could this be Costochondritis?? posted by Lisa [6.1489] on October 08, 2004 at 14:57:25:

Thank you for the feedback! I will have to try a massage therapist. I'm just so afraid of feeling that pain when they press on me. It truly is the WORST pain I have ever felt. It almost paralizes me when I get it because ANY movement sharpens it! I will keep you posted with my diagnosis though, and hopefully it can be resolved.
Thank you again!
Lisa



Re: Could this be Costochondritis?? Giving in to pain and the results. Archive.

Posted by Walt Stoll [9.8] on October 10, 2004 at 06:07:41:

In Reply to: Re: Could this be Costochondritis?? posted by Lisa [15.1489] on October 09, 2004 at 11:20:37:

Lisa,

Fear GREATLY magnifies pain! Every massage therapist will tell you that if you resist discomfort it will hurt worse. Giving in to the discomfort GREATLY reduces it.

This only takes discipline and happens instantly.

Walt

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