Costochondritis and smoking

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Hello all,

I have recently been diagnosed with costochondritis. It's been exactly a week now. On low dose of neurontin and meloxicam. It has eased some but still painful. Out of work all week. 

I am a light smoker, 2 or 3 cigs a day. Trying to completely quite but the stress from the pain is making it difficult. Does anyone else think or feel maybe the smoking is making it worse or does anyone else smoke lightly and have an opinion on this? 

Appreciate all comments and help! 


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    Hi Laura,

    I have had Costro about 17 months. Neurontin is helpful for me as well for pain. As well as soft ice packks and lots of rest!!! Im not a smoker but I totally understand the stress elated with this condition. Reducing stress is very helpful with Costro. My husband is a smoker. Although I dont condone it, he says it really chils him out in stressful situaytions. Plus hes only allowed to smoke outside lol. Im thinking 2 or 3 a day isnt too bad at all. Good luck and hang in there. Prayer helps mr through the bad days as well.

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    I have Costo and have done for around a year and a half and I am a smoker, I quit when it was at it's worst maybe first 2-4 months as even breathing was excruciating and anxiety causing so I had to stop but now I'm back on them which I'm not too bothered about ATM I suppose it's good in a way as it shows I'm feeling a little better lol any questions feel free


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      When you say "first 2-4 months" scares the hell out of me!! No way...I've had it a week. Actually have had it for months but just now found out what it is after spending a fortune on all the other test. I've decided it might be better if I am going to smoke to at least smoke weed so it will help with the pain. smile smile lol

      Thanks for your reply Ranger 507!

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      My symptoms started out a few months back with a burning and slight pain in my chest. I've had sever reflux before so thought that was what it was. Got on high doses of Nexium and even was prescribed liquid lidocaine and when that didn't help they knew it wasn't reflux.

      Very sharp pais, left or right sight of chest, shoulder blades, rib cage.....became so severe...called my Dr and said I was headed to ER. He ask me to stop at his office first and then he pressed on my breast bone and I came off that table...then he new what it was. 

      Very painful! 


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