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Hi all. Over a year ago after being hospitalized for 3 days and having full heart work up I was diagnosed with Costochondritis. After over a week of bed rest along with pain meds and muscle relaxers life returned to normal and I hadn't given Costo a thought since. That is until 2 weeks ago when the unmistakeable earth shaking pain struck again out of the blue! I started with taking Extra Strength Tylenol, rest, rotating heat and ice and trying not to flare things up thinking it would quickly pass.
It did not pass - it has gotten extremely worse! I can only take shallow breaths. Breathing out hurts worse than breathing in. Leaning forward causes horrible pain. I cannot lie flat so I am on my 4th day of being in a very uncomfortable recliner. Yesterday the pain had become so horrible I could no longer manage at home and I had noticed swelling in the area (my left side rib cage area) so I went in to my primary care doctor's office and saw a PA. There is a very visible baseball size knot there. When she had me lie down on the table she said my rib cage was noticeably larger on my left side. She ordered several x-rays and once done came back to my room (where I sat with my husband crying in pain) and said "well, I can't tell much about x-rays but I called the doctor (he was off site) and explained this swelling and we think you have the worse case of Costochondritis we have ever seen".
The prescription narcotics aren't helping and the 8 steroid pills I have taken so far haven't reduced the swelling at all. I am now running a fever. Has anyone else experienced this type of swelling with Tietze? I can't find anything or anyone who mentions this in any of my on line searches. Thanks!
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