Chest spasms

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Hello all,

I was diagnosed with Costochondritis a few years back and lately the chest spasming is the worst. I also get a very tight chested feeling along with it.

I was wondering if anyone knows any remedies for the spasms as they are becoming very bothersome.

I asked my doctor about this and he suggested a massage?! I think a chest massage might be awkward at best.

 Med wise, he told me to take the same old stuff such as Ibuprophen or an anti-inflammatory but neither have helped much.

Any suggestions as to what medications or remedies have helped you deal with the spasms or tight chested feeling?

It can get so bad at a times that my chest and upper back feel's like its in a vice and is being squeezed with spasming going right across my chest and upper back...ugh. So tired of dealing with this.

Thanks for any and all help.

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    I too suffer from the chest pain..burning. Sorry your dealing with this. My Dr prescribed neurontin...it def helps. and I use soft ice  packs which help alot. i cant take motrin but tylenol helps me a bit. also reducing your sugar intake helps this condition. good luck and hang in there!
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      Thank you so much!! I am still going through a bad bout right now and the usual remedies are not working.

      I will enquire about neurontin and reduce sugar. I have been using ice packs and tylenol to no avail. sad

      I really appreciate your adivce.

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      You wil get better. Hang in there. I know its frustrating and painful. I pray for stregnth. I also go to my Dr like once a week just to make sure I'm ok. This condition is certainly anxiety provoking, but Thank God not life threatening  smile

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      It's exactly how I am feeling right now. This bout feels like it's never going to end..grrrrrr. And yes, lots of anxiety.

      I was going to ask you, does the neurontin give you any sedating effects?

      I have been so tired lately with this pain that being even more sedated I would never get out of bed.

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    Hi

    I just want to share my experience as it might help. I was diagnosed last summer with costo. Had the same symptoms plus pain in right arm and leg. Continual aching under both ribs. Stabbing pain in back. After more investigations it turned out my gallbladder was inflamed. The symptoms were not usual for gallbladder so they did not look at it previously. Had my gallbladder removed last week and all the "costo" pains have disappeared. Good luck everyone.

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      Thank you so much for this. It has been mentioned about my gall bladder and my doctor knows for sure that I do have gall stones.

      I am waiting to see if I need a scope for the doctor to decide if I need my gall bladder out or not.

      I will definitely keep this in mind!

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    I have suffered with chest pain for a few years now! I have had lots of ECG's & blood test I think that sometimes when it's not clear to the doctor what it is they just put it down to Costochondritis & im not too convinced. Or they need to do more research as more & more people are getting it & we can't keep taking anti inflammatory tablets are they are not good for you. Regarding the gallbladder sounds interesting as I've just been diagnosed with pancreatitis! I would love to find a cure for the 'Costochondritis' as I'm same it causes a huge amount of anxiety.

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      I absolutely agree with you! I too feel that 90% of "costo" is something else that the doctors have not taken time to find.

      It is very frustrating.

      I was thinking the exact thought the other day as well as I was taking a Naproxsyn, " this is not healthy and I can't be on these pills forever ".

      I get upset too with how to doctors are so ready to hand a person more pills and rush them out the door without investigating or offering alternatives in dealing with the pain.

      And lastly, the anxiety I have acquired ever since I started having Costo symptoms, has been quite significant.

      My body is not working right and it's showing these symptoms as a way of letting me know that somehting is wrong. What do you do though when doctors aren't willing to do everything possible to find the problem?

      I am not sure if anyone else notices this, but I find that my pains seem to almost be like "flare ups". I won't have the symptoms for a while, or they will be on the lower end scale, and then they will become very bad and last for a while.

      I cannot put my finger on what triggers it or what stops it.

      I have become my own invesitgator but still have little answers.

      I believe though, that their ARE answers, it's a matter of finding them and finding a doctor who is willing to help as much as possible till a soultion and proper diagnosis is found.

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      I agree completely!!!!! Never give up. Never stop asking tons of questions!!!! I have a dr that willing to do whatever I want within reason ofcourse lol. She researches with me right in her office. She has sent me to several specialists. Ruling out bad things is very helpful too  We will find a cure for this!!!!!!!!!!
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      That is it. I tried everything. Spent a fortune on the osteo. She said it felt like a digestive problem and not costo because my abdomen are was colder that the rest of my body - the first real clue of the truth. One of the male a&e doctors actually said it was onset menopause - I was so deperate for an answer I believed him for a while....I think the added anxiety of the constant pain contributed a lot of extra symptoms - dizziness, tingling hands. Now that the gallbladder is gone they are also gone. I did try a lot of natural remedies before the op but nothing removed the constant pain until it was removed.

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