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Costochondritis and Caffeine...PLEASE READ!!

Posted by
Teri [1617.1495] on February 20, 2005 at 00:38:33:

For all of you out there who have costo, try eliminating all caffeine from your diet for 24 hours and see if the pain subsides...you may be very surprised at the results. I sure was! I've never read anything on any website that says caffeine affects this condition, so it was a shot in the dark...but WOW, I feel like I've finally found the key to what may keep my costo under control.

I had FOUR 'full-blown-take-me-to-the-hospital-before-I-die' attacks in one 12-hour period...this is more flare-ups than I normally get. Each time, they did go away with the warm compresses I usually use (rice socks warmed in the microwave) and a nitro (be very careful with these...some people have blood clots they don't know of and it could be fatal if a clot is 'let loose' in your body), but I had to sleep all night sitting up for fear of another 'attack' (that didn't work very well though, because 2 of my attacks happened in the middle of the night...by morning I was SO exhausted).

I then realized I had a lot of chocolate that day (Valentine's Day...very painful holiday for me now...arrgh, I love chocolate). I normally already drink soda that is caffeine-free, so I never associated the flare-ups with caffeine. I spent the entire next day avoiding anything with caffeine...no chocolate, no caffeinated soda, and I already don't drink tea or coffee. WOW, WHAT A DIFFERENCE!! I had absolutely NO PAIN the entire day!! I didn't have to take any aspirin for the pain (like I usually do), and I even spent about an hour outside in 20 degree weather (normally one step outside in cold weather makes the pain come back). I felt like a new person!

I'd be interested to know if anyone else has found out that caffeine makes their costo flare-up or feel worse than normal. Stay away from all sources of caffeine for the next 24 hours and let me know what kind of results you get...thanks!!



Re: Costochondritis and Caffeine...PLEASE READ!! (SIGH!) Archive.

Posted by Walt Stoll [9.1465] on February 21, 2005 at 07:54:55:

In Reply to: Costochondritis and Caffeine...PLEASE READ!! posted by Teri [1617.1495] on February 20, 2005 at 00:38:33:

Thanks, Teri.

This points up the problem with people not appreciating the holistic perspective of nearly all chronic conditions:

This website has consistantly tried to point out the universal connection between bracing and costochondritis--for 8 years now. We all can appreciazte the connection between caffeine and muscle tension!

How much this can affect symptoms within such a short time is dependent upon genetic factors.

Walt

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