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Costochondritis

Posted by Lisa Davis on March 10, 1999 at 20:23:49:

What a terrific website!I was diagnosed with costochondritis in Dec.. Real bad chest pain, I thought I was dying. It is much better now. But I notice if I lean my chest on something, or resting even a bag of groceries against my chest it hurts. Since I have been feeling so well, I decided to exercise yesterday, 10 min warmup, 13 min aerobics, thigh exercises and cool down. I did about 8 push ups and my chest is hurtingtoday. Does this disorder take a loooooong while to heal?


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Re: Costochondritis

Posted by David Ferguson, D.C. on March 11, 1999 at 00:07:49:

In Reply to: Costochondritis posted by Lisa Davis on March 10, 1999 at 20:23:49:

Find a chiropractor today. Start doing skilled relaxation yesterday! It doesn't usually take more than a day or two to get rid of in my experience.


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Re: Costochondritis

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 11, 1999 at 11:57:07:

In Reply to: Costochondritis posted by Lisa Davis on March 10, 1999 at 20:23:49:

Hi, Lisa.

It will NEVER heal until you get rid of the "bracing" of the intercostal muscles that causes it.

Rolfing would resolve thie almost immediately BUT, if that is all you do, the problem will be back in a year or so.

In the long run, the only permanent cure is to get rid of the bracing and the only way yet known to do that is the regular practice of SR as described on the homepage of this 'site.

Walt



Re: Costochondritis

Posted by Peggy on March 12, 1999 at 03:17:25:

In Reply to: Costochondritis posted by Lisa Davis on March 10, 1999 at 20:23:49:

I had this off and on for a couple years. It has completely disappeared since starting S.R. (I meditate).

Peggy



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Re: Costochondritis

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 12, 1999 at 09:17:36:

In Reply to: Re: Costochondritis posted by David Ferguson, D.C. on March 11, 1999 at 00:07:49:

Thanks, Doc Dave!

I KNEW I was shortchanging Chiropractic when I left my note about this yesterday. I just didn't have the energy to go back & include Chiropractic when I saw that I had omitted it! I was hoping that you would jump in here & you did!

Namaste` Walt



Re: Costochondritis (Testimonial)

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 13, 1999 at 10:33:50:

In Reply to: Re: Costochondritis posted by Peggy on March 12, 1999 at 03:17:25:

Thanks, Peggy!

Your testimonial will help others with this unnecessary condition see the light.

The first 13 years of my practice, treating this condition conventionally, I NEVER resolved a case. I could help the symptoms but not cure the condition.

Walt


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Re: Costochondritis (Testimonial)

Posted by Melissa on March 14, 1999 at 19:49:25:

In Reply to: Re: Costochondritis (Testimonial) posted by Walt Stoll on March 13, 1999 at 10:33:50:

Costochondritis can be chronic? I notice if I do a lot of housework, by evening I have minor chest pain, will this continue to come and go?


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Re: Costochondritis (Testimonial)

Posted by Peggy on March 14, 1999 at 21:49:27:

In Reply to: Re: Costochondritis (Testimonial) posted by Melissa on March 14, 1999 at 19:49:25:

Melissa,

Are you practicing a form of Skilled Relaxation at least 2x/day, 20 minutes each? My costo was chronic until I did this. I've now said good riddance to it.

Peggy




Re: Costochondritis (Testimonial)

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 15, 1999 at 15:56:50:

In Reply to: Re: Costochondritis (Testimonial) posted by Melissa on March 14, 1999 at 19:49:25:

Hi, Melissa.

How old are you? If you are over 30 years old, have you had a good workup lately for cardiovascular health?

Chest pain is nothing to screw around with. Most is due to stuff like costochondritis but, when it is associated with exertion (even indirectly like yours is) you just have to be sure it is NOT your heart.

Any COMPETENT physician, be it MD, DO, Chiropractor, Naturopath, etc., can pretty easily tell if costochondritis is a likely possibility but specific tests are necessary to rule out angina as your cause.

Let us know what you find out. There are effective alternatives for both problems.

Walt


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Re: Costochondritis (Testimonial)

Posted by Melissa on March 15, 1999 at 22:14:54:

In Reply to: Re: Costochondritis (Testimonial) posted by Walt Stoll on March 15, 1999 at 15:56:50:

I am over 40. When I started with the chest pain I had an ecg and blood tests doen. The doctor said I was in good health. The tests came out fine. The doctor pressed on my sternum and side, when I got home ( this was today) I am now in pain. There are 3 sore type spots along the sternum where the rib meets the sternum. Would this be a true diagnosis of costo? I dont believe you get pain upon pressure if its your heart...right? Also, is the ecg test abd the blood testing enough to rule out problems???


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Re: Costochondritis (Testimonial)

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 16, 1999 at 14:13:35:

In Reply to: Re: Costochondritis (Testimonial) posted by Melissa on March 15, 1999 at 22:14:54:

Dear Melissa,

At the minimum, a stress (exercise) EKG would be needed.

Remember, one can have both at the same time (very commonly). SO, since costochondritis is not dangerous--while angina is VERY dangerous--one must rule out the dangerous possibility so one can safely concentrate on the non-dangerous possibility.

Making sense?

Walt


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Re: Costochondritis (Testimonial)

Posted by Daphne on June 24, 1999 at 18:02:56:

In Reply to: Re: Costochondritis (Testimonial) posted by Walt Stoll on March 16, 1999 at 14:13:35:

I have costo. It seems to flare up unexpectedly. No medication seems to help even though I am on Celebrex, that new arthritis anti-inflammatory, for other conditions.
What's the best thing to do to control the pain when it flares up real bad ? Heat, ice ?


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Re: Costochondritis (No good treatment when you are hurting.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on June 25, 1999 at 18:34:12:

In Reply to: Re: Costochondritis (Testimonial) posted by Daphne on June 24, 1999 at 18:02:56:

Daphne,

You fix the roof when the sun is shining.

Only Rolfing (see glossary) or Chiropractic will give you immediate relief and only SR will resolve the problem in the long run. There is no good treatment when it is bothering you (when it is raining, you cannot fix the roof).

Walt



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