Costochondritis Archives

Costochondritis

[ Costochondritis Archive ]
[ Main Archives Page ] [ Glossary/Index ]
[ FAQ ] [ Recommended Books ] [ Bulletin Board ]
   Search this site!
 
        

Costochondritis

Posted by Margaret on February 16, 2000 at 03:27:29:

Hi, I am new to the board, was referred by a few friends who often post here. I was diagnosed with costochondritis about a tear ago, In the beginning the pain was SO bd, I thought I was dying. I believe this was started by a piece of exercise equipment I used with no warm up. I had various ests done ( was extremely anxious and nervous when I had these done) here are the results, can you tell me if they look ok to you, and what each one means. I would greatly appreciate it.
Here is the 1st thing I dont quite understand: Margaret is a well appearing, middle aged woman in no apparent distress. BP today was 148/86. Pulse is 118. Neck is supple without JVD or bruits. (what is that?) Cardiac exam shows a regular rate and rhythm without murmur, rub or gallop. Abdomen is soft, non tender, non distended, with no masses or organomegaly. ( whats that mean?) She does have significant tenderness at the right sternal border at the 2nd intercostal space, and some tenderness down the right trapezius muscle band and the pectoris muscle.
1. Tachycardia
2. Musculoskeletal chest pain
Here are the results of all the tests that were done:
EKG: Sinus Tachycardia otherwise normal ekg
Vent rate:113 BPM PR interval:180 ms QRS duration:80ms QT/QTc:304/415ms P-R-T axes60 20 54 Whats all this mean please?
Sodium:138
Potassium: 3.8
Chloride: 103
C02: 25
Anion Gap: 10
BUN:14
Creat: 0.9
BUN/CREAT: 15.6
Glucose: 111
TSH: 1.16
WBC: 8.4
RBC: 4.44
HGB: 14.0
HCT: 40.3%
MCV: 90.6
MCHC: 34.6
RDW: 13.5
PLT.CT: 289
MPV:7.1
Lymphocyte: 32.3 %
Monocytes: 9.4%
Neutrophil:55.7
Eosinophil: 1.5 %
Basophils: 1.1 %
ABS Neut: 4.7
Thyroid cascade:1.16
Chol: 177
HDL:45
LDL: 115
TRIG: 85
Last visit to the dr. BP was 122/80 Can you explain what all these tests were, what each one means if its not too much trouble. Now since I had all this work done due to the costo,m can you tell me when I should have another blood exam, ekg again...once a year? Thank you



Re: Costochondritis (Typical conventional approach: wasteful and expensive with NO benefit to the patient!) ARCHIVE in costochondritis.

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 17, 2000 at 10:25:30:

In Reply to: Costochondritis posted by Margaret on February 16, 2000 at 03:27:29:

Margaret,

One of the reasons docs make so much money is that they are supposed to take the time to explain all of this TO you. The word 'doctor' MEANS 'teacher'. Since the AMA has done everything it could to keep insurance companies from paying for teaching, many physicians just send in the bill and skip the teaching. Docs are NOT supposed to just take the money and run!

If the doc knows the answer to these questions, why has he not told you? Did you ask? If he does not know, what is he doing ordering the tests?

I already donate an average of 6 hours a day answering questions on this BB about things that most docs do not know or care little about teaching their patients. I really do not want to do your doc's job for him. You are paying him for a job he is not doing.

Basically, all of these results are normal EXCEPT the costochondritis (and the bracing that always causes it)----which any competent doc would have known within 10 seconds of hearing your history and feeling your ribs. Why were all of these expensive tests done??? WHAT HAS YOUR DOC TAUGHT YOU ABOUT WHY YOU HAVE WHAT YOU HAVE AND HOW YOU CAN GET RID OF IT??? What good has any of these tests done you?

Go to the archives link I have prepared for you below and spend enough time for you to THOROUGHLY understand it.

THEN, if you still have questions, write again.

Walt




Re: Costochondritis (Typical conventional approach: wasteful and expensive with NO benefit to the patient!) ARCHIVE in costochondritis.

Posted by Margaret on February 17, 2000 at 21:41:43:

In Reply to: Re: Costochondritis (Typical conventional approach: wasteful and expensive with NO benefit to the patient!) ARCHIVE in costochondritis. posted by Walt Stoll on February 17, 2000 at 10:25:30:

Basically, all of these results are normal EXCEPT the costochondritis (and the bracing that always causes it)----which any competent doc would have known within 10 seconds of hearing your history and feeling your ribs. Why were all of these expensive tests done??? WHAT HAS YOUR DOC TAUGHT YOU ABOUT WHY YOU HAVE WHAT YOU HAVE AND HOW YOU CAN GET RID OF IT??? What good has any of these tests done you?

Well, I am the one that requested an ecg because I wanted to be reassured it wasnt my heart. My dr. requested the blood work. He called me and told me all tests were 'pristine'. I ordered my records for MY benefit to see what was done. I was curious as to what some of those tests were, I knew what most of them were. But I thank you for taking the time to answer, but I wont be back. I have read on here way too many times where you have bad mouthed the medical people of today, all of which are still leaglly licensed practicing doctors and nurses. Im sorry that the loss of losing your license has led you to be so bitter toward others who are still practicing in a field you got terminated for. I hope someday you can swallow that bitter taste in your mouth and gain respect for the hard working people in the medical field. I pity you.



Re: Costochondritis (Typical conventional approach: wasteful and expensive with NO benefit to the patient!) ARCHIVE in costochondritis. --Missed The Point!

Posted by J.G.G. on February 18, 2000 at 00:16:46:

In Reply to: Re: Costochondritis (Typical conventional approach: wasteful and expensive with NO benefit to the patient!) ARCHIVE in costochondritis. posted by Margaret on February 17, 2000 at 21:41:43:


Margaret,

You've missed point of reply and became defensive of your
Doctor. The same one who called you on the phone to tell you all tests were pristine.


"Well, I am the one that requested an ecg because I wanted to be reassured it wasnt my heart. My dr. requested the blood work. He called me and told me all tests were pristin
I ordered my records for MY benefit to see what was done. I was curious as to what some of those tests were,I knew what most of them were."

Why wasn't purpose of each test explained to you prior to
administering? Why didn't your Doctor instruct you to make appointment in order for him to fully EXPLAIN results till you clearly understood? Why didn't your DR order EKG to ease your mind that your heart wasn't in distress? If all tests were pristin, why were so many requested without prior full explanation and consultation with you?

If you think that ALL medical professionals deserv RESPECT, you're living in a fairy tale world. Wake up and smell the roses before you get stuck!





[ Costochondritis Archive ]
[ Main Archives Page ] [ Glossary/Index ]
[ FAQ ] [ Recommended Books ] [ Bulletin Board ]
   Search this site!