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I just want to post this in the hope that it can help someone else. I developed Cosotchrondritis last year. I initially had feelings of shortness of breath and then developed bad chest pain. I could not tolerate a seatbelt or tight clothing. I went to my gp numerous times and had all the tests to rule out anything heart related. I developed anxiety and started having panic attacks thinking I was going to die of a heart attack. The pain of costochrondritis is so deep and unfamiliar that I convinced myself that I was in serious trouble. I had no pain free days at all. If I pressed the bottom of my sternum it was very tender.
For the first 8 months I didn't know what was wrong with me. I changed gps and finally got a diagnosis, but no advice on how to fix it. I was constantly searching online for answers, should I change my diet? What was causing the inflammation? I thought about it 24/7.
what helped was going to an osteopath. I had already tried chiro and massage but that made it worse. I believe in my case my costo pain in the chest was caused by a very tight and stiff spine. I have young kids so lifting them did not help either. The stiff spine was pulling the ribs at the front and causing inflammation. I had to stop all exercise including yoga for 8 weeks. I iced my chest 2 times a day to reduce the inflammation. The osteopath worked on getting my upper spine mobile and I had exercises to do at home. It certainly didn't happen over night but bit by bit I had a day here and there with no pain, then a week at a time. But when the pain came back it was like being back at day 1. There were times I felt like crying at the osteopath and felt it wasn't working, but she had faith it would work and said it would take at least 3 months and it did. I have not had costo for going on 7 months. I never thought I would feel 'normal' in the chest again but I do.
I encourage anyone who has this and has not tried an osteopath to give it a go. Results take time and if you have been in pain a long time it might take longer to get better.
I wish I had gotten a diagnosis earlier and that GP's would recommend treatment for this. The anxiety I developed with costo has gone away too, but I believe there is a strong connection between the two and I don't know which one comes first.
i wish anyone with this all the best and try to stay positive and believe that you are not having a heart attack, you have painful costochondritis.
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