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I had a car crash in May 2012 resulting in whip-lash and chest pain from the seat belt quite badly. I was on the way to the beach and wearing a bikini, I believe the metal balls on my bikini may have been squashed into my chest. I went to the hospital afterward as I felt very ill. I wasn't x-rayed because they can't do anything for chest injuries, they apparently just heal themselves. I was told to rest and given pain medication, and I should be OK in a week or two, as long as the pain didn't worsen, the pain was mainly on the left side. I went back to the doctors after this because the pain had gotten worse and I was given different pain meds. After a while I did get a little better but there was always a niggle in my left side, It didn't feel like bone but an internal prod/pull/tightening between my ribs, near my sternum, and in what felt like the muscle on top of them, it got worse when driving, I felt comfort when massaging the area and applying heat. Then in February I started a new job and it got much worse. I went back to the doctors because my chest pain was getting significantly worse and now on both sides of my chest and in my back, here it was unbearable to touch at all and I had to stop working for a while. Here I was diagnosed with Costochondritis and given strong anti-inflammatory medication. He believed that this was work related and not related to the crash.
It is now August 2013 and I can now distinguish between Costo and the other pain/sensation.. Costo was a hot, very severe type of pain which limits my movement and daily life. But I still have this other pain mainly on my left side but sometimes on the right near the 3rd/4th rib near the sternum. It will not go away and it gets worse if I'm cold, or feeling run down. It makes me want to curl up to relieve the sensation or stretch out. It feels tight in the morning and it sometimes restricts my inhalation after sleeping on my front or side. It also cracks on a daily basis. It isn't excruciating, but enough to make me feel very uncomfortable. It doesn't affect my daily life but when i feel the pain it makes me exhale or inhale with discomfort. Like a flash of pain and I have to rub the area. So much so people notice and ask if I'm okay. I take over the counter meds almost daily and if its particularly uncomfortable when I'm driving long distances.
What is this pain? Has anyone experienced this before? Is it just my seat belt injury healing? Did the crash create a weakness? Since it has healed a bit, has the crash brought on mild, trauma related Costochondritis?
I need some answers, I have had an ECG to rule out my heart and blood tests to ensure there was no joint swelling or athritis.
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