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I'm 31 and was diagnosed in 2010
I was diagnosed with costchondritis/ tietze syndrome 6 years ago on my left side. No answers on how or why it happened to me either, I had no recent trama to my chest or rib area, or tried any new exercise, which the doctors told me were normally the cause of it. I've been fighting with it for 6 years the hardest was the 1st year, I dealt with a lot of "anxiety" is what the doctors said from it the 1st year. I like being a strong person and this condition can be debilitating at times and I hated it. It not only effects the ribcage/chest area but I would have so much swelling that I felt like I couldn't breath normal, all the muscles in my neck, shoulder, upper back and chest would emit pain and swell and become rock hard. A spreading burning/ tingling sensation that would move all over my chest and back that would spread down my arm. I went to emergency room's, which turn you away because you come in complaining of chest pain and Bam they throw you on the ekg. Well your heart is fine, go follow up with your primary. Seen 3 different doctors and always the same never understanding. Always throwing medication at me. They had me on Prozac, Xanax, Ibuprofen 800 and steroid shots. All they ever seen was a girl crying trying to figure out what was wrong herself. I dont think they understand how much it can effect you it was so bad at the time i couldnt barely move the left side of my body because the tightening and swelling on my chest would make it so hard to breath and my heart would thump so hard and fast i thought I would pass out. I wanted answers and a permanent fix not a cover up. After a year I took my self off all the medication whichave I know you shouldn't do but at that point I had no trust in doctors that they could help me. And when ever I felt like I was having an attack I would talk my self through. "I'm stronger than this" I know there are people who have it a lot worst than me and in a lot more pain and for the anxiety part of this condition that works for me. Doctors told me it clears up within 6 months to a year. Well here we are 6 years later and yep still have it. The gravel-like Cartilage never goes away and they are bigger on some days and smaller on others with dull pain that I've learn to just deal with. Which my family and friends always know when I'm hurting and I don't realize that I do it until they point it out because it's become a habit, is hold my ribcage or rub it. I do have "episodes" where I have the symptoms that I dealt with in the 1st year of being diagnosed with it. Only when i have over worked my upper body, like when I painted my house I had a bad flare up for days. Or when I've done heavy lifting rearranging furniture in my house or doing yard work (weed eating). I hate it, but I won't let it stop me I just deal with it the best way I can until it passes. I take over the counter NSAIDS, use ice packs and heating pads. I feel like it's something that I will just have to deal with with for the rest of my life. I stopped asking when will it go away? I was told by a friend that I could try a chiropracter. Has anyone tried that?
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