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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    hi ive had this costochondroitin for several yrs on and off does it feel like someone has kicked uou in the chest like you fell bruised inside the chest wall??
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    I hear ya. I have had sharp pain to the left of sternum and under left breast on and off for at least a year. Haven’t had it in about three months and two days ago it started up again. I have had ekgs and blood work,all good. It scares the helll out of me because I think it’s a heart attack but since it comes and goes every few months I am thinking and hoping it is not heart related but still scares me. I hope it is costochondritis that just keeps coming back because I can push on the spot that hurts and it does hurt. Hope you and everyone else feels better
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    I have exactly the same thing also with the tightness around chest and pain between the shoulder blades.  I've had all the tests to rule out heart issues and was finally diagnosed with costo.   I have anxiety and this triggers the symptoms even more.  I'm so glad I stumbled across this forum as I have read so many comments that have reassured me that the drs are right and it is costo.   I am going to try the creams - have you tried any yet?   I'm also going to try my hardest to not let this stress me out as it appears that can aggravate it.  I have had it since December I believe - so not as long as some people.   I sure hope it goes away.  I wish I had the magic answer for us all and if I find it I will share.  smile

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      hi all, I believe this is the condition I've been dealing with. I have had this pain for 4 months now with no relief. My dr. had mentioned he thought I had this. I also have fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, IC and IBS, reflux too. I have been really depressed as I Cant plan to do much but stay home and feel bad I cannot live like I normally do with family lately due to pain. I hope to get ideas and definitely feel more support reading everyone's responses. thanks! Now I just need to figure out pain control. Going back to my dr. soon to discuss what else to do besides PT, to have a plan!

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    Hi Jade, I went through a very similar experience. I've been having similar pains for about 3 years now. My pain is localised where my 3rd rib on the right meets the sternum, and there is a bony knot protruding from there. Every once in awhile it cracks, almost like a knuckle would, usually brought about from an especially hard sneeze! 

    I eventually found myself researching on inflammation and its role in this condition, and must say its intriguing. It seems that our bodies produce too much inflammation which can harm rather than help sometimes. Two ways of tackling this would be to ensure our diets are not adding to this excess and by taking anti inflammatorys.

    I personally take one 400mg ground tumeric capsule with 2-3 whole black peppers twice a day as a rather natural anti inflammatory. A compound called curcumin is the actual therapeutic molecule here (pepper increases the bioavailability or absorption of it). I noticed less pain within a week!

    I hope these two methods help you as much as they have helped me. Cheers!

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    hello , i am having almost the same condition as you and have been recurring for more than 5 years now and is very persistent lately . recently diagnosed with coscondritis, if too worried suggest do a detailed check up with a cardiac specialist and given prescribed painkillers / anti-inflammatory medicine.

    meanwhile, try to slower down your pace and dont carry heavy things (if you do). this was advised by my doctor. hope it helps.

    take care !!

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