The pain I'm having from what is apparently Costochondritis, is almost the most miserable pain I've ever experienced! Mine started with some minor pain when I took in a deep breath. Then the pain started in the sternum, upper right chest and straight through to a corresponding spot in my back. The pain has moved twice, but is still in the chest. It is excruciating and impossible for me to function. When it is at its worst, you'll find me sitting in a recliner, crying and clutching a heating pad to my chest. (laying down made the pain worse - I had to sleep in a seated position for about a month!!). Unless you've had Costo, I don't think anyone has any idea how painful it can be. (and the level of pain varies from person to person, from what I hear.) My journey to find relief started with my cardiologist who said it wasn't a heart problem and yes, it MAY be Costo, but wouldn't prescribe anything for it & was no help. After that, the pain got so bad I've made 3 separate trips to the ER, trying to get relief. I can't take steroids as I'm a type II diabetic. No one should take a lot of NSAIDS but one ER doc said that an anti-inflammatory is EXACTLY what I need right now, and it would be OK to take 600 mg of ibuprofen every 6 hrs. (but I've had this pain for over a month now & should get off it - but can't). He also gave me an Rx for a narcotic pain reliever, which is the only thing that finally gave me some relief! (but the pills make me SO sleepy, I still can't function). I was told that ice is the best thing for an inflammatory condition, but I must say that a heating pad helps with the pain and sure feels more comforting! An ER doc said it would be okay to alternate the two, and I'm still doing that. This condition is not showing any signs of going away. I was wondering if any of you have had this problem, and how you treated it. I did a search on this site for previous posts, but didn't see very many recent ones. Sorry this is so long! Thanks for listening! Donna M.