You have the "bracing" that I have been describing for years here on the BB. Your chest pains are due to costochondritis which, in turn, is only caused by chest wall bracing.
You could get immediate relief by having a deep, total body, therapeutic massage 3 times a week for 2 weeks. That relief will only last a few months. You could get relief for a year or so by getting a series of Rolfing. I hope Doc Dave will jump in here & explain the relief you would get with Chiropractic.
In the long run, the only thing that will permanently resolve this is learning an effective skilled relaxation technique & practiting it at least 20 minutes twice a day (never within 2 hours of retiring). This is well described in my book as well as in many of the resources in the back of the book (link below).
You could also go to the homepage of this 'site (link on this page) and read about stress, and skilled relaxation. That would get you a head start.
As you improve, please share your esperiences with the BB participants. This scary set of symptoms is just a message & they are becoming of epidemic proportions.
Please contact me if you read this. I have recently been diagnosed with angio-edema. My doctor feels that I have the hereditary type, although he's not positive. My regimen is one benadryl at night, and 25mg DHEA daily. I find that most of my episodes are when I wake up. I am very curious as to the role of stress with this condition. I have had stress with my job, and personal stress, which I believe at least contributes. However, I am 44 years old, and first had this condition at the age of 12. There have been years in between when I had no episodes. It seems to come and go. Right now it is chronic for the last three years, and so I am back on the regimen of antihistimines. Also, if you read this Dr. Stoll, please advise this question? Do hormones play a role with condition. I used to keep a chart of foods, etc. that preceded episodes, and I noticed that I was more likely to swell up a day or two before or during my menstrual cycle. I had my uterus removed in 1986, and kept my ovaries. I didn't have any reoccurences until three years ago. Is there a possible connection? In addition, I do believe it is somewhat linked to emotions and stress. My father had lung cancer over the last two years, I moved to another state, and also experienced some problems in my marriage, so I do feel this contributed in part to setting this off again. Any advice you can give would be appreciated as I'm experimenting with different solutions.Thank you...Cindy Houchins
In Reply to: Re: Angio-Neurotic Edema posted by Cindy Houchins on March 02, 1998 at 22:32:03:
Angioneurotic Edema is a typical symptom of dysautonomia and psychoneuroimmunological imbalance.
BY FAR the most important thing you can do to finally stop this (as well as the myriad other things that you have noticed about your health over the years) is the regular practice of skilled relaxation that we have discussed so manay times right here on this BB.
If you want to read a book that was written about you, get a copy of "Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer" by Dr Pelletier.
Then, if you are ready to learn what to do about it, you would best read a copy of my book (link below). You would best understand why you have what you have BEFORE trying to learn what to do. THEN, if you still have questions, write again.
Boy, have you hit the nail on the head. It seems as though my problems start when I clench my jaw while under stress. This of course would aggrivate the TJS. I have also noticed from another source that breathing problems (I have a deviated septum - forgive the typos - and can only breath about 50% through my nose and rely heavily on my mouth - particularily during physical activity) can agrivate TJS. Now I hope that this is the cause of the dysautonomia becuase I see that there is no cure for this and it could lead to sudden cardiac arrest. As a matter of fact, my GP sent me to a cardiologist who said that my heart was as strong as a horse's. However, I asked him about the heart palpitation that I experience after exercise - sometimes 2 minutes sometimes 15 minutes to a half hour after exercise - usually when I am sitting. He said that this could be a problem with the adrenal galnd which is continuing to produce adrenaline for now reason. Does this problem fit into you first diagnosis or is the adrenal gland perhaps the culprit in all this? Also, if it is a problem with the TJS should I see an ENT or a dental surgeon or both?
In Reply to: Re: Labrynthitis? posted by David O'Keefe on March 22, 1998 at 11:06:37:
FIRST, you should learn an effective skilled relaxation technique & do it at least 20 minutes twice a day (not counting any done within 2 hours of retiring). See the home page for more specifics about Skilled Relaxation.
Next, I would not see anyone about the TMJ, yet. Most professionals who claim to be experts in this condition are NOT and will do you more harm than good in the long run.
If you need temporary relief for the short term, read the stuff about TMJ on the home page and get a deep, whole body, therapeutic massage 3 times a week for 2 weeks.
Finally, when you are ready to really become a student of your condition, read a copy of Dr Pelletier's book "Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer" and you will see how your dysautonomia is caused by the same stuff that is causing everything else. Stop worrying about your dysautonomia killing you at this stage. The conventional paradigm doesn't even recognize its existance until it is terminal--so anything you can read about it is scary. You have early stuff that wouldn't get that far for 20 years even if you did nothing that we know reverses it.
In Reply to: Re: Labrynthitis? posted by Walt Stoll on March 23, 1998 at 12:54:19:
Hi Dr. Stoll, just wondered what role the male orgasm would play in this whole process? The reason that I ask is that usually the day after I have engaged in sex I seem to have more problems with my overall condition - particularily I seem to be more "jumpie"? I always thought that sex would take the stress away but it seems to give me more problems the next day - as if I am dehydrated. Everytime I try to lift a weight or do an exercise, the body part that I am working on seems to shake and shiver for a good time after. Is this connected to bracing and how can I get rid of it?
P.S. I am calling you now to purchase your book.
In Reply to: Re: Labrynthitis? posted by David O'Keefe on March 26, 1998 at 17:00:00:
This seemingly paradoxical happening is the reason for the common prohibition by coaches of their players avoiding sex the day before any big contest.
It would take a long time, here, to explain this. However, suffice it to say that your experience only serves to prove what I have said to you before. Once you have read my book, if it makes sense to you, you would profit by reading one of the resources in the back: "Mind as Healer, Mind as Slayer" by Dr Pelletier. The more deeply you underestand all this, the more likely you will make the bset decisions for you about how to reverse your present state of arousal.
In Reply to: P.S. Question posted by Mary Jackson on March 30, 1998 at 00:03:15:
Dys, as a prefex to anything in medical terminology, means that whatever it is a prefix of is not working in a healthy manner: Dystonia (body tone is not right), dysmennorhea (bleeding patterns of the menstrual flow is not healthy), dysautonomia (the autonomic nervous system is not working as it should), dysrrhythmia (the rhythm is not right), dysarthria (the joints are not functioning in a healthy manner), dysostosis (the bones are not forming in a healthy way), etc.
Arrhythmia means that there is NO rhythm to the heart at all. ALL dysrrhythmias HAVE a rhythm. They are just not normal. There is only one dysrrhythmia that is truly an arrhythmia and that is atrial fibrillation. One of the true marks of a cardiologist worth entrusting one's life to is whether s/he knows the difference & tells it right to the patient.
Is costochondritis and lupus linked to each other? If you have chronic costochondritis, would that be an indication of lupus? Can anxiety cause costochondritis?