New to costochrondritis help!

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Hi there. I have been diagnosed with costochrondritis. It became apparent over the last week or two with severe breast pain (or so I thought) had ultrasound as thought was something to do with breast when in fact it was ribs! Since then I've had aching pain around ribs and back but chest pain worse. I'm really scared as been coughing a little and wheezing. Are these typical symptoms of the condition. I'm scared it could lead to pneumonia sad I'm on paracetamol x4 day and ibuprofen x3

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    I don't think it can lead to pneumonia but I know it hurts to cough at times and breath. If you have a cold and it gets in your chest I would go to Dr again. My daughter was 15 diagnosed with Costco and pluresy. Then also had histoplasmosis which was a long process of antibiotics for months. Hopefully it's not anything like that. Go to your Dr again if you get new symptoms.Good luck and hope you feel better soon

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      Ah thanks for that. It's only occasionally cough and wheezing on and off but I worry as thinking back with symptoms (although mild at the time) i think I've had this for some time 🙀 It's only now that it's affected my chest with the pain that I found out. It's kind of a relief in a way but it still sucks sad I hope ur daughter is well and hasn't had any further episodes smile

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    Had this for almost a year it is an absolute pain! No physical activity definitely, my doctor prescribed me stronger anti inflammatorys to help

    It go away faster but it still taking its time lol I think because it's cartilage that's damaged it takes longer to go away or something, use ice packs they help a lot I found but most important is rest and no stress because believe it or not stress makes costochondritis worse somehow lol hope you are doing better

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      Oh no how come u have had it for so long, haven't the doctors been able to treat it properly 🤔 One of the consultants st work told me if no better in 6 weeks that he could give me an injection although I don't want it. I have a prescription for amitriptylene to try first to help relax the muscles. Can't believe I've had this for so long but the wheezing does bother me and don't want it to turn into anything else sad

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      Hi Lisa,

      I too have costro since Dec 2015. The good news is its not anything serious! smile   Its just painful, and can come and go. I have a TENS Unit which definitely helps. I also use soft ice packs alot. I take Neurontin which helps tremendously! I didnt want to take motrin for months and months(Not good for your liver). I'm finally going to a rheumatologist in 2 weeks. Supposedly, they are the one specialist that can really help this condition. You are not alone. We will all beat this!!!  Good Luck!!!!  Hope this helps you.

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      Hi grace I hope u don't mind me messaging u but I've been taking ibuprofen and paracetamol for 2 weeks now and I'm still getting pain sad am I just being too impatient? I'm looking into having acupuncture but not sure what to take for the pain. I just wondered whether it's ever caused u problems with breathing? I don't know whether it's that or I suffer with anxiety sad my chest and ribs really sore atm

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