12 year old with costocondritis

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My 12 year old daughter has costocondritis for a week now following a cold. Pain meds barely work and steroids haven't helped. She has missed a week of school and is still in constant pain and literally cries/whines all day. Looking for answers. Will this ever get better? 

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    Poor baby To have this at a young age am sure is

    Tough . Did her doctor explicitly

    Say it was Costo? I have been with symptoms off and on for 3 years now. My general practitioner has no clue . The rheumatologist sent me for more blood tests but even when I described symptoms he didn't come out and say I think it's ....

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      Yes, she saw 2 pediatricians and two doctors at the hospital. She had a chest xray and an EKG. Everything points to it being Costochondritis but that doesn't show up on an xray-- just based on symptoms.

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      Yup ! When you research this it will not show on an X-ray . They say it's not serious yet it feels so bad when it flares up . Is this muscular or auto immune ? Feel badly that your going child has this . Did her doctors say anything else about it because mine surely did not ! So weird. Never heard of this in my life . I got this later 30's and still have it off and on .

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    Hi Mary,

    So Sorry your daughter has Costro. Has she tried motrin in high doses? Short courese? I have been on Neurontin(From my Dr.). It definitely helps. Makes you tired at first. a bit dizzy too, but gets better. Also, soft ice packs and heating pad helps too. It gets better. Also, I have been to rheumatologist just to rule out things. Has she had cat scan? Blood work? etc.  Hang in there. believe it or not, stress plays a role with this too. Try to keep her calm as possible. Maybe watching funy movies. Also Costro streches help as well. Just google them. Good Luck!!   It wil get better. smile

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