Costochondritis for years?

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For years I've dealt with on and off left breast pain (or so I thought) but it's never bothered me enough to be worried, recently it's got bad enough where my anxiety levels were through the roof and I convinced myself I had a serious condition. I began frantic obsessive googling which I do not reccomend haha, but I came across this condition, after reading that it's a condition with the ribs I did a self exam and realised it's not actually my boob that hurts but the ribs behind it. I booked straight in at the doctors, I told her my symptoms as I wanted to see if she came up with any other suggestions of what it could be before I gave my no expert opinion ha. Instantly she mentioned costochondritis and examined my chest, she pressed around my ribs and sure enough the pain was there and she instantly diagnosed me. I've been dealing with this pain for so long I was wondering if anyone else has had this for years? On all the websites I look at it says it should go in a matter of weeks and rarely lasts longer than 6 months, I remember getting most of my pain around beginning 2014 ish. If so anyone has had this condition long term do you have any advice on how to ease the pain? I also get shoulder blade, shoulder and arm pain too sad thank you!

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    I have had this for about 18 months/2 years, mine comes and goes,  think most people have it intermittently.
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    Yes...I have it on my left side as well....in my boob and along the side of boob. My mammogram showed nothing so I quit worrying. It comes and goes. It moves around. Not going to worry anymore.
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    My pain is on the top of my chest.  I was scared I was having a heart attack.  I went to the ER.  That's when they told me It was my chest wall.  The pain moves around from side to side.

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    Your story sounds similar to mine. I'm going on 3 years in january. Constant discomfort, pain level varies. Wearing. Bra aggravates the heck out of it and is the worst part. Ice helps and lots of Ibuprofen but never found a real relief. I've had mammos, cat scan, chest X-rays blood work with no other cause than inflammation in chest wall. Many docs have also told men Costco but seem perplexed that it won't go away. Mynohysival therapist thinks I have a vertebra out of wack which is pulling on my rib and causing the constant inflammation. She worked on me for 6 weeks with not much improvement. My next stop is pain management. Not for narcotics but to see if they have any suggestions. Keep me posted if you have any luck. Also, stretching helps and using a large foam roll to roll around and stretch my back out on seems to help.

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    Thanks for all the replays! I'm still suffering, my pains more of an annoying ache than a sharp pain, sometimes it hurts to breath in and feels like there's a huge weight on my chest then other times it only hurts to press on my ribs just under my boob. I get pain down my arm and my shoulder and back it's really not nice to deal with. Especially when I wake up in the morning and have been lying on my left side! I feel about 90 when I wake up rolleyes does anyone get bloating or abdominal pain from this? My bottom ribs get really painful and I think this causes it. Hope you all find some relief soon! X

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      Hey! Old post I know but just checking in to see if you found some relief? Your comment about feeling 90 made me smile and feel happy someone else out there feels 90 with this condition too. I'm on a year now with this constantly and it really affects my breathing. Vitimim d has helped the most and a anti inflammatory cream.

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      Yes getting better slowly but still struggling some days

      Had to start accupuncture and adopt a sugar free diet. Also take anti Inflammaorty herbs and rub cream on and use a magic bag (hot pack).

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      JADE, thanks for your information. I was diagnosed 9 mos ago. Rib pain. Mine is mostly at night. Don’t sleep well. Blood tests 2 X-rays. Stress test/ech all good also mammo/ bone density. Take Diclofenac sometime and Aleve. Not much result. Dr thinks Pulmonologist might help? Not much discomfort when I’m up moving around , but when I get up after a restless night I have rib and back pain. I’m 71. Have always been in good health! Never dreamed it would last this long! Thanks 
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     Hey Hey ,

    I have had Tietze Syndrome since 2009, Being only 19 its been an issue for me for as long as i can remember& I have suffered with it for the last 8 years and have had every symptom that comes along with this syndrome.  I have found that being active can be very benificial to my health with my ribs, yoga and frequent streching tends to help ease the pain although it is not something that happens over night. But if you keep dedicated and push through the pain at the time in the long run your body will thank you. My body has become immune to most anti immflamitory medications due to the amount of meds we have tried over the years Iv recently tried an antidepressant that is supose to help block the pain signals from reaching my brain but the side affects were insanse so i stopped that pretty quickly. I find that sleeping strickly on my back is the only form of relief when trying to sleep. I also find that my back tenses up from my ribs so my doctor has taught me pressure points on my upper back and shoulders that help release the tension my ribs have caused, some mornings i cant even lift my arms past my shoulders. I find that Ice hurts my chest and that heat is a better option for me. I can tell you that this is a constand daily struggle and that there isnt much else you can do for it untill they have more information for  this syndrome. Sorry if this wasnt the most helpful but youre not alone. 

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    Old Post, but I've had costochondritis for over 7 years. I was injured at work (brachial plexus nerve damage, myofascial pain syndrome, and costochondritis, with unexplained recurring massive trigger points along the side of my ribcage). I get nerve blocks with Botox to the intercostal nerves. I did have a different doctor try to inject my sternum with cortisone, but that just made it worse. I find Botox works much better, and nerve blocks work better than trigger points.

    Just be careful, my last round hit my lung and hospitalized me. Pneumothorax hurts like hell, especially when your chest wall is already very angry.

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    Oh my I know exactly what you are talking about... the chest pain, left side breast, pectoral, underarm, pain shoots out to my nipple, in my ribs around to my shoulder blade etc... nearly takes my breath away sometimes... I get anxiety from it cause it scares me when the pains are so sharp in my breast and sternum and I feel like I am going to pass out... I have been to ER numerous times... ECG,EKG, lung xrays, d-dimer, cardiac blood work up, all of it is normal which I am truly thankful for, yet I am plagued constantly with what they are saying is combo of costo and fibro... can't sleep most nites due to pain... it's so debilitating... had appt with doc the other day and I begged him to fix this... I just want to be normal again and not confined to house because of this pain and anxiety it has been giving me... had a bunch of tests done again today and have follow up next week... right now I am laying in bed with a pain patch on my breast and heat pad on top of that... so annoying

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      I hope you're feeling better! It is awful isn't it. I feel like I am being punched in my sternum from the inside and it's like my heart stops and then of course that makes things worse. Gee! But I have to say I was way way worse than I am now over a year later. The breathing is the worst part for me. Hang in there it's not uncommon and we will get bettersmile

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      thanks for sharing! I just found this page and I believe I have all your symptoms and those of others on here. The only thing I seem to not experience is pain when breathing or coughing which I've read lots have. I was sent for PT and dr. put down fibromyalgia but had discussed coto as being a possibility. would love to talk more with you about this!

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      Hi Sally

      Not sure if you still on site but your symptoms sound very much like mine. I have not been diagnosed yet with this but I have the breathing problem and also a funny throat at times. I am a golfer and really fed up with this but it's scary as I have waited nearly 6 months to get any tests as all the Dr's keep telling me I am very healthy and slim and I feel not taking me seriously.

      How did you get diagnosed and how are you doing now?

      Best Wishes Wendy

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      Hi! Sorry to hear you're suffering. It was hard to get a diagnoses. Doctors did nothing for 6 months. I saw a naturpath who was also a chiropractic and she told me what it was. Then told doctor and they agreed but were not helpful. Have a read on all the posts they are so helpful. The breathing is tight because the rib catrilage is tight so best to gently stretch and rub anti Inflammaorty cream (I use voltaren) all over the ribs and sternum. For me I did accupuncture and take bone supplements.

      Sally

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