Flare up long weekend jn E.R

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Hi everyone 

Well I am just at the end of my rope on Friday I did some. Laundry and filing cabnets at work then when I was home I sat down for abit and when I got up the pain was so bad it brought me to tears  started to panic and sister in law called ambulance who told me that it did not look cardiac related but I should get checked out 

The did ECG echo blood work all normal they said it could have been combination. Of costo and fybro or muscle pull 

They also recommended my gp send me to a specialist for pain 

I am glad nothing serious but I am also ready to cry bc this has changed my life I do 3 days if low impact cardio I eat right most days of the week by when the pain comes I am down don't know what to do 

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    I feel sad for you because it's such a shock.  I was sent to the cardiac unit but found out it was costochondritis. It's painful and the only cure seems to be rest (using arms as little as possible, certainly no lifting, pulling, pushing). The pain will subside and gradually go away but only with rest. Even lifting a kettle half full of water can cause pain, so try things like filling it with cups of water and tilting it to pour from it.  Sadly, you have to redraw the map of your life temporarily.  Avoid pulling and pushing heavy doors, get help or use your bottom. And even brisk walking can hurt because you move your arms. There is quite a lot on the internet and on Facebook that will help.  And yes, getting the pain sorted will be good. Be very very kind to yourself.
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    Thanks...I have had this on and off for afew years but this last episode was so scary I hadnt had a flare up that bad in a while ....I just dont know what to do anymore ...I am afraid to go on vacation because of this flare up what happens if it happens when I am away ...how will I handle it ...

    Frustrating, I dont know what to do ....anymore ...maybe I should take the ER Dr advise and go to my GP to ask her to send me to nerve specialist and chiro

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    Hi, I had the same situation for months. Whilst working out, dancing ( ballet en pointe) I was fine. As soon as I cooled down, terrible pain as if a dislocated shoulder blade in my back. A physiotherapist  solved the problem after one visit 80% better and 100%resolved after 2 visits. My neck had a nerve firing and she stopped it. Very painful pressing on the nerve to right it again, but solved the problem totally after 2 visits. A chiropractor had caused it by being very rough and crunching me...go to a physiotherapist for this. I know chiros can be very good , but my problem was resolved by a physio. Good luck.

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    Hi Terri / Anne, my sympathies go out to you both - costo pain is a living nightmare for me also, I've been dx with it a couple of months ago after pretty much coughing throughout the whole month of January (enterovirus?). Have been in and out of more specialist and A&E depts than I knew existed (Cardio, Bronchology and Gastro mainly) and even now I'm still in a lot of discomfort mainly in an area south of my chest near something called my ziphoid process apparently. Its giving me terrible stomach cramps as well as the odd twinges from the chest area, oh and I've developed really bad reflux in the throat as well. Naturally my anxiety levels are still as high as ever and I get really embarrased going back to my GP for repeat prescriptions (I dont want to see her as much as she doesnt want to see me) and I get the distinct impression that they think I've turned into some kind of basket case or something. They want me to start taking anti depressants as well as seeing a physcologist! My latest pains have included nipple soreness (43 year old male) and my eyes have also started to turn bloodshot - though I'm hoping that that's a reaction to the meds. Next stages are to go to see a Rheumatologist for a full musculo skeletal review and to go back to see my Gastro again as I've lost 10lbs in weight - though this is probably down to not being able to digest many solids. This costo is a right barrel of laughs! Take care, Simon ps. Somebody mentioned manuka honey which I'm going to look into for the reflux symptoms
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      I know how u feel about the dr I feel the same way as for ur eyes maybe it is the meds have u tried drinking ensure since u can't eat solids not sure if u can but if u can it is a good supplement 
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    I am sorry to hear about everyone's pain but at least I know other ppl suffer from this and I am not alone 

    I also find mine acts up with the weather and movement 

    Thanks for all the support and simon I am sorry for all ur pain I feel for u 

    I am sitting at my desk right now am my ribs across are achy 

    Hopefully u find something that works for u 

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