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I have just turned 49 and have had chostocondritis since I was 24. The first time I thought I was having a heart attack - all I did was turn my body (driver's seat) in the car to open the back door for the dog and pow........... After about 2years I finally went to a doctor/specialist (I lived in the bush before nowhere near doc's) and had all other problems ruled out. It has taken me years but when the pain comes (usually more in summer) I try to think of other things and 'will' the pain away... if not - two aspirins or deep heat treatment are the best. The pain is very real and very severe. Hard to breathe deeply / turn around / move is almost out of the question... gently rub (ouch... i know it hurts - can help at times..) I don't get it as much as I used to - only because I know that I can never lift items that are too heavy - move too quickly or even when dressing - I am very careful... just turning slightly can trigger an attack... I had a baby on my lap once and the gently push of her foot started a bad attack... I get it on both sides of my chest now as well. The pain can travel quickly down the arms, shoulders and back... take care for all who suffer.... take life a bit more gentler and relax.............
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