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I'm posting because if anything, I need to vent.
I've suffered from Costochondritis for over 2 years now, it started the day my daughter was born.
10 years my wife and I had been trying to conceive, so the day my daughter was born should have been the happiest day of my life, but it became one that I'd rather forget.
While holding my 5lb little girl she stopped breathing and turned grey, we panicked and nurses ran in. Luckily she recovered on her own and started breathing, but was rushed to intensive care with my wife (who was in a wheelchair after a C-section) holding her.
I never made it to intensive care, because I was rushed to A&E because I couldn't breathe and they thought I was having a heart attack.
I had some tests done and an ECG and knowing I just wanted to get to my wife and newborn and with a hear attack ruled out, they said I was okay to leave but they will send a note to my doctor.
So a week of hell followed, we had to stay and sleep at the hospital with my daughter in a plastic box with tubes and wires everywhere, the worst week of my life by far.
Let me at this point say that she's a happy, healthy and very clever 2 year old now and our world revolves around her (as it should).
Unfortunately, I have been left with lasting damage to the point where I have never been able to hold my daughter for more than 10 minutes without having to lay down because of the immense pain in my sternum and ribs.
Now she's a lot bigger I can't lift her for more than a minute, and if she falls over, I can't pick her up without being in pain that will affect me for the rest of that day.
A few months after she was born when things calm down, I followed up the letter from my GP about my ribs. I had a few tests done and was sent for multiple x-rays and they found I have calcium deposits on my ribs but was also diagnosed with Costochondritis.
For many months I was on naproxen, but I didn't feel like they worked, so am currently on Meloxicam (15mg) once daily. Again, I don't feel any better for it.
I have suffered for over 2 years now to the point where I can no longer work, I can't lift things that I used to be able to lift. I can't help my wife bring the shopping in, I can't even just sit up at a computer chair without taking breaks and laying down, I can't do anything, I've been rendered useless.
My chest, sternum and ribs ache, constantly, like I'm being poked by a boney finger sometimes just one side, sometimes both, and sometimes straight down the sternum,
If I arch backwards I can actually crack my sternum/ribs like you can your back or knuckles.
Does this sound like what other people are experiencing and has anyone had any luck with any medication or treatments?.
I'd like to add that I had 2 months within those 2 years where it went away, but as quickly as it vanished it just appeared again.
The doctor believes it's due to stress rather than anything strenuous but has advised against any heavy lifting or exercise.
I have however lost 2 stone (not by exercising) to see if it would help at all, but unfortunately, it didn't.
Any advice would be great, sorry for the long read.
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