Anyone have this?

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a few days ago I went to the doctor because I had been having severe pain in my chest, upper back, pain in the ribs under my armpits, ribs under my breasts etc..

I had this for over a month and then decided it was severe enough for me to go (dumb decision I should have went earlier) because it would keep me up at night. I went and got diagnosed with an inflammation in the intercostal muscles (he checked my heart and said it was not because of that) but now I have to take ibuprofen 600mg 3x everyday.

What I forgot to ask was if it was normal for me to feel kind of anxious(?) when I feel the pressure/pain in my chest and sometimes it kind of makes it hard to breathe. I also cough sometimes and have this weird feeling in my chest and throat when I do. Did anyone ever experience this or is this not normal.

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    i'm surprise you weren't also given a antibiotic. when I had that its the lining between the ribs and lungs. heart that causes excruciating pain. once antibiotics are started it clears up promptly.

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      I have been taking the ibuprofen now for 5 days and I still feel the pain but it's gotten less. When I told my mom she said the same thing that maybe it'll be better if we go again to the doctors and to maybe give me antibiotics. Thank you for replying I really appreciate it. Take care

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    @lena86653, hi, just wanted to say that I have had similar symptoms related to costochondritis. In my case, the pain would concentrate along the sternum (breastbone). It can make one feel anxious since at times it can be very painful to take a deep breath. Now that I know what it is, I am at ease. It helps me to gently massage myself starting from the sternum and going along the rib cage digging one finger below the ribs. The other thing that helps me are deep breath exercises.

    I had several episodes of costochondritis during the years and the last few have cleared without needing any anti-inflammatories.

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