Hi everybody! - I hope you all had a great holiday season I don't often post, I usually just research past posts for information/advice. I wanted to pass on my success for others with my problem - I injured my chest muscles early 2005 and have struggled with costo chondritis (sp?) all year. I've definitely improved, though veeeryy slowly. My husband and I took a belated honeymoon to Hawaii recently (yay but unfortunately the long trip there and back did a serious number on me and my chest inflammation/tenderness/pain/spasms returned on the double. My doctor and I started speaking about the vicious cycle of severe pain and spasms and how the resulting muscle tension just makes things worse, keeping you in pain - stuck. She suggested relaxing my muscle tension with xanax. I was skeptical (who isn't after all the drugs we try, right?), but by the next day I had virtually zippo pain or spasms. Since, my pain is almost nonexistant, my spasms haven't reared their ugly head, and my energy is great. I'm taking very little a day, half what I was given - my dr. recommended trying out what works, and this does, so I won't increase it. I plan to go off once I'm a little stronger activity-wise, but in the meantime, for those of you who might find this interesting, here it is. I wonder whether it could've helped me a while back, but who knows! I'm not a fan of meds, so I'll definitely stop as soon as possible, but I have to admit this time that meds have helped immensely - I'm a new woman over here Just thought I should pass on my positive experience - you just never know what can help I guess ) Wish you all well, and God Bless.