Costo new symptoms?

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Hi everyone!

For the past month (+-) I've had a dull (almost constant) pain in the left side of my chest, above the breast, sometimes tender to the touch.

Today I woke up, and have a little cough and it hurts like knives, sharp pain in a small spot above breast (on the left) all area feels tender as well.

Is it possible to get worse or change in symptoms? Did anyone had similar experience? Very anxious person over here... 😷

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    Hu julia ive had this condition for the last 3 months and I have good days and bad days at 1st I was told it was anxiety but I kept telling my gp I had constant pain in and around my left breast and after a thorough examination and tests to rule out heart trouble I was diagnosed with costochondritis ive recently got over a massive flare up caused by stress and the pain was unbearable it raidiated all over the top left side of my body I was literally in tears with the pain I was eating painkillers but nothing worked my gp reffered me to the pain clinic which luckily only took a week to get seen anyway I went yesterday and he is going to give me a cortisone injection into the costochondral joint so hopefully I will get some relief from this horrible pain please try not to stress as it can make the pain so much worse x
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    What type cardiac work up did they give

    You to rule out heart issues ? And do you have

    Issss with breathing at times ? 'This condition

    Feels heart related . Scary

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    Am feeling exact same way today am very

    Anxious over this . This is no way to live daily .

    Were you told that it was Costo ? Confirmed ?

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      Hi simone yes I was told by my gp it was costo and I went to the pain clinic at the hospital on thurs and the doc confirmed it im now awaiting an appointment to have cortisone injections in the costochondral joint which im dreading to be honest but I cannot live my life like this so Im prepared to try anything I just hope it works if it dont my doc is going to inject the trigger points you must persevere with your gp if you have tried several painkillers and they have not worked my gp has been brilliant I only had to wait a week to see the pain doctor
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      You are lucky not all doctors know about

      This . Even went

      To rheumatologist with

      Symptoms and they seemed to not know initially .

      They sent me for blood work which I have not yet gone for , but need to .

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      So what test did

      Your doctor give you to confirm this ?'like

      Blood work ?

      Heart exams ,? X-ray ? I need relief

      From this as well.

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      At

      Least you know for sure it's not your heart ! I need to get a cardiac work up to ease my

      Mind . Have had some

      But not all the test that

      You have

      Had. Once

      I know it's not

      My heart

      I think that

      Will ease

      Anxiety . Be well !

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      Hi simone although ive had the tests there are still.times when I think its my heart im still having anxiety and panic attacks and I think I will until im completely cured of this horrid condition
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      Tbh when you tell people what youve got they look at you gone cos theyve never heard of it I went to seey gp again this morning to get yet some more painkillers I feel like im eating them at min and she said it must be horrible but I do find this site is really helpful
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      Lastly I forgot

      To ask , did you test for inflammation ? Like

      That's what costochondritus is . Curious to know if you were certain you had inflammation etc .

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      Yes but did you test for inflammation ? Or maybe docs don't need to test that ? My rheumatologist sent me for that . Have to see what comes up

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      Ok you have a good doctor . My gp sent me for random tests and said nothing . Tested for Lyme , lupus , rheumatoid factor , etc and some

      Basic heart exams . My next move is to follow up with

      My lab

      Test as ordered by my rheumatologist and see if it's inflammation for sure . If tests shows inflammation then I will know.

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      Yeh shes brill I think its the not knowing thats worrying I hope you get some answers soon im currently waiting for a cortisone injection into the costochondrial joint but my consultant hasnt booked me in till.august I really cant wait that long
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      Seems the people

      In the U.K. Are more

      Knowledgeable about this condition , according to the ppl on this forum . The people who are receiving diagnosis seem to be from the UK

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      Hi Simone!

      I'm from the US, to be honest, when you go to more doctors you'll get more opinions and more diagnosis.. Like many I was convinced it was my heart and went to multiple doctors and recently went to ER cause I was so scared.. At ER they just checked that its not heart or lungs and said the pain is nothing serious, so no diagnosis as well. I'm on anti depressant medication now, see if it will help.

      This pain can be in your mind as well, especially when you constantly think and worry about it.

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