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I am a middle aged female and have suffered from Costo/Tietzes Syndrome on my left side, twice, 2 years apart. The first time lasted for about 6 months and the second time for around 3 years.
Both times this was set off by heavy lifting; I am very slight but have a tendency to go in guns-a-blazing when it comes to doing stuff.
I was given anti inflammatories by my GP and had all the usual tests. Had the anti inflammatories upped as the pain got worse. It seemed that the more medication I took, the worse the pain got, so one day I just stopped the medication completely and within a day or two the pain subsided by at least 50%. The anti inflammatories seemed to be making the pain worse!?!
Told the GP, but they just seemed surprised!?!?
Eventually, was referred to a Physiotherapist who referred me on to Hydrotherapy. It is the best thing that had happened in 3 years. They gradually built up my core muscles; I then went on to gentle exercise.
I am, today, almost back to my old self. But heavy lifting can set it off for a few days, so have to know my limits. The ribs are still swollen but no pain, Wow! I never thought I would say that again.
This was Tietzes Syndrome, I believe, as the affected areas were inflamed and felt hot and the pain spread, at worst, up into my neck and down into my hips.
If anyone is interested, I was recommended a book by a fellow sufferer, about cutting out starchy (inflammatory causing) food.
‘The Inflammation Free Diet Plan’ by Monica Reinagel. Very informative and very helpful.
Just hopes my story helps someone in some way. As I would not wish this on anyone!
Good tips: rest when you are in pain. An ice pack on the ribs is good; it’s the only relief I had.
Also whoever stated that the pain lasts for a few weeks, HA!!! They have obviously never suffered from it.
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