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Costochondritis

Sep 14, 2014 2:46 AM

hi all! I was diagnosed with costochondritis at 25. I am now 28. basically, it's the swelling of cartilage around the ribs. I initially felt the pain on my top right side of my back. now all the pain happens on my lower left ribs, on the front. for me, it's usually caused by stress and lack of sleep. it usually intensifies during my period. the thing that works best for me is good old fashined rest! i got more serious, bothersome pain a few times a year, usually lasting about 2-3 weeks. anyone here have costochondritis? if so, what triggers your flare ups and what helps soothe the pain?

Sep 14, 2014 7:35 AM

hi perlat04, it is sad to hear of your pain at such a young age. keep pushing on for answers and relief, you will find them. you are articulate and intelligent. if your costochonditis is brought on by stress, sleeplessness and swelling, then try everything you can to eliminate, reduce or minimize those situations. best wishes, young person!

Sep 14, 2014 11:27 PM

I had it for 4 months during and after severe bronchitis. first on the left and then on the right. I still have the occasional cracking and popping of cartilage in my chest but no more pain. I feel for you.

Sep 15, 2014 1:13 AM

Thank you both for replying. I got a solid 9 hours of sleep last night, and took the first step in dealing with a personal problem today. The pain has started to lessen a little over the last few hours. I'm worried, though, because I'm starting a new project at work which will be long hours (about 12 hours/day, 6 days/week until November) and I just know its going to trigger some flare ups! @trinitythecat, was there anything that helped when you experienced your pain? Or anyone else?

Sep 16, 2014 12:44 PM

relax, breath deep, meditate, get massages, tell yourself "this too shall pass", warm towels or heating pad. that's what I use when pain is the worst.

Sep 19, 2014 7:11 AM

I also use a lot of medication to make me feel better; narcotics and medical marijuana help too.

Sep 21, 2014 2:32 AM

interesting. I recently moved to california and have been thinking about getting a medical marijuana card to see if it helps, but I read a few posts online that said it has made the pain worse. I hate taking pain meds and would rather suffer through the pain then take them.

Sep 22, 2014 1:53 PM

I too developed it young ( 22) and it's been five years of pretty constant chest pain. I was recently diagnosed with a Hypermobility condition that causes my joints, especially the costal joints, to move beyond their normal range of motion. We figured out that the inflammation was caused by excessive movement in those joints and my ribs were actually subluxating and dislocating in my sleep! I had no idea until I woke up with one poking out one morning. I got a new mattress pad and my doctor Rx'd naproxen for when it gets really tender, but it's something I'm just gonna have to keep living with as my underlying condition is not treatable.

Mar 25, 2015 7:38 PM

Prelate
I was diagnosed with Costcochrronditis several years back and for me laying down sets it off. I have two expensive toppers on top of a 12 inch temperpedic mattress and I'm hoping this keeps it away... For several years now I have had to position pillows between my boobs and kind of roll forward onto it and hope nothing moves or else I wake up feeling like I have crushed my chest and have laid on a rock in my ribcage. I am about 185 lbs and 5'9"
In January 2014 I sprained my back at work and it has not healed. In order to attempt to keep my back comfortable it has aggravated my Costcochrronditis. It has been a vicious cycle. At times I get the swelling of Tietze syndrome with it but not always. Can't take any anti inflamatorys due to Barrett's esophagus.

Mar 25, 2015 9:36 PM

Hey Perlat04, I'm 53 and I just started having costochondritis about 6 years ago. Mine is in the front bottom, at the split between the right and left, and the left is always worse than the right. I think my asthma or bronchitis episodes flare mine up, from the coughing. I haven't slept on my stomach since my last cervical fusion in '95. It doesn't bother me to sleep on my side, except in the shoulders. My bra sometimes aggravates it because its the area just at the band. Going braless is my easiest relief. I'd have to say of all my issues it is the easiest to ignore. I'm not even convinced my PCP has properly diagnosed it, not after reading everyone else's descriptions.

Last week I had swollen glands in both armpits, following a tetanus booster and 2 other shots for cervical radiculopathy. I thought it had pretty much cleared up but I'm second guessing myself on that. The large lumps are gone but the whole ribcage below the armpits are extremely tender. Could it be the costochondritis has spread there? Maybe, I don't know. I only have slight pressure on a deep breath. But if I press on the ribs there it's like "yep, that's the spot all right!".

I hope you find a way to get more sleep and work relaxation techniques in to alleviate your stress. 🙏🌼

Mar 26, 2015 9:15 AM

Flappsy, press right between your boobs with a couple fingers, you don't have to press hard at all and you'll know...

Mar 26, 2015 6:53 PM

Yep OregonHS, it hurts. So does the areas under the arms. But my PCP has never given me anything for it.

Mar 26, 2015 11:45 PM

When I could take ibuprophen it would help take the inflammation down to help...

Mar 27, 2015 9:43 AM

I can't use antiinflammatories. Ulcer issues

Mar 27, 2015 12:09 PM

I'm not sure what else is out there for that, once I was diagnosed my occupational doctor told me no more anti-inflammatories whatsoever. The surgeon and family doc neither one said anythingonce again dropping the ball. It's definitely worth checking into because a bad episode of Costco can be very disturbing.🌞

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