I have horrible chest and rib cage pain half way through the night and in the mornings. I have to try to sleep sitting up which I can't do very well to prevent any pressure on my ribs. It is miserable and I don't know what to do to help! I can't take ibuprofen due to Barrets esophagus. Any thoughts?
When I get hit with it, which is sporadic, it feels somewhat like a piercing sharp squeeze just below my left breast, along the rib, or to the inside of the left breast at the lower sternum area. Sometimes the pain shoots around the rib towards my back, other times it stay in front. Its painful and hard to breathe in deeply for 5-10 minutes, or even at all for 10-20 seconds. I've held my breath just so I don't feel it. Then it goes away as fast as it comes, and it could be hours, days, weeks, or months between them. I have had palpitations for decades, and last Spring was diagnosed with SVTs, but 2 doctors have assured me these pains are costochondritis & not my heart. Could have fooled me when it happened the first couple of times!
Thank you... If in fact it is Costcochrronditis with me it's like any pressure on the rib cage or sternum starts it while I'm laying down and it stays with me sometimes a couple days until it slowly subsides... I dread going to bed at night because I know I'm going to wake up in pain from laying down. I was diagnosed a couple years ago and was taking ibuprophen for it which helped a lot. Now I've had biopsies that revealed Barrets Esophagus so no more ibuprophen. I take hydrocodone for my back injury and of course that gets rid of the pain each morning but never less I'm uncomfortable and tired of the pain.
I should try that... What was helping was having a soft pillow lengthwise between my breasts and kind of rolling partially onto it. But that isn't working anymore. I was so tired last night from lack of good rest that I fell asleep at 7:30 but it only lasted about 3 hours then woke up in agony.
I haven't had cortisone in the costochondritis site but lots of others along with lots of epidurals. In some sites, it worked well. In some, not so well. In general, when I would get cortisone shots in a specific area, i felt some of it systematically (throughout the body) and my whole body loves it. It must bring down whatever generalized inflammation down at least temporarily. It would keep me awake for some days afterwards I remember. Hope it helps you a lot.
This is just from my experience... Do some gentle movements at various times each day for 2-3 days & use ice. If you don't you may find stiffness and pain worse, just until the cortisone works into the area. After about day 2-3 you won't know its been injected, and the original pain should feel much better too. If you don't move the limb and get stiff, you'll wish you had moved.
Thank you guys for your replies.... I am appreciative of you sharing your experiences. Just being able to hear from someone with similar health issues really helps me wrap my brain around these pain issues.
My 17 year old son was diagnosed with this a few month ago. He was in terrible pain. He couldn't lie flat or get into a comfortable position sat up in a chair. He said any sort of movement hurt his chest area and that it felt like his ribs were sticking. It's very rare that my son gets ill, so I was really worried? He was rushed to hospital and diagnosed and given strong cocodamol and told to rest. This has been difficult for him as he has got ADHD. He's like a motor that never stops running. This costochrondritis pulled him down though. I gave him all types of different pillows to try so he could try and find a comfy position. I myself suffer from chronic back pain and find a full body pillow can help sometimes when in bed. And a v shape pillow can sometimes help with various sitting positions. He ended up using my adjustable back bed rest, but it took about 3/4 days before his symptoms eased a bit, before he could say he was resting comfortably. I'd never heard of this condition until my son was diagnosed with it. But apparently it's common in teenagers. I wish you all the best. Hope you're able to get your head around things soon.
I am so sorry that your son is experiencing the pain of this.... It is horrible trying to get somewhat comfortable... It is awful for a parent to watch their child in pain I hope you get some comfort soon.