Costochondritis now

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by serenityskyline, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. serenityskyline

    serenityskyline New Member

    I posted several weeks ago about the problem with the specialist that I was having. I saw my regular doctor whom I liked and she was very sympathetic, but a week later agreed completely with the specialist. (See previous post by me if curious.) I have had Fibromyalgia for over ten years, now I have been told I have Costrochrondritis. It has been flaring bad for about two months now. The doctor prescribed Diclofenac 50 mg x 2 a day for 14 days then as needed for two weeks. It does not seem to be helping. The doctor said since I work at a computer most of the time I should not miss any work what so ever. (Yeah right!) It gets excruiating at times and very hard to breathe at times.

    Does anyone have any tips to help relieve the pain from the Costochondritis?

    I am on 100 mg x 2 daily of Topomax for the Fibromyalgia and it easing those symptoms some, so thank God for the small miracles that He provides us each and every day!!!!

    God Bless You All!!!
  2. amomwithsickkids

    amomwithsickkids New Member

    Never heard of Diclofenac. Have you tried motrin? Or naproxen? They're nsaids and it's not a good idea to take them constantly, but maybe either would help relieve your pain when it's excruciating. BTW, costochondritis is also a symptom of Lyme Disease. Hope you were evaluated for that.
    [This Message was Edited on 06/21/2010]
  3. serenityskyline

    serenityskyline New Member

    Diclofenac is an anti-inflammatory. I tried Advil two pills twice a day with no relief what so ever. I don't remember any doctor ever mentioning Lyme Disease at all. Now I am now in the situation of having to hunt a new doctor.
  4. shirley1259

    shirley1259 New Member

    I dont think I have ever had it unless it is referred to as pleurasy also. Now that I have had and my dr. told me to take ibuprofin. That helped out alot.
  5. amomwithsickkids

    amomwithsickkids New Member

    Guessing that the diclofenac is stronger than advil/motrin...similar to naproxen? If you are interested in learning more about Lyme Disease, nanie on the Lyme board has a lot of good stuff posted.

    Shirley...pleurisy is not the same as costochondritis, though both are painful and a pain in the you-know-what. Glad that the ibuprofen helped you.

  6. Doober

    Doober New Member

    When this first happened to be I actually thought that I was having a heart attack. The doctor told me it was Costo and to take warm/hot showers to try to eleiviate the pain. It didn't really help me.

    During flares of this, I usually have to sleep in a position to sort of stretch my chest out, I even ended up with a somewhat "older" flatten pillow under my back to keep the ribs from compressing inwards while in bed.

    You do computer work and should have no issue? What? This is a position where you are sitting with your arms forward, I would think that he would know that this would cause your chest area to somewhat push down from the top of the rib cage?

    With so many different positions that could potentially agrivate costo, I think the DR would be more knowledgeable about the affects of these flareups.

    When these do happen, I usually just take it easy and take short shallow breaths in order to keep my rib cage from expanding too much. Knowing that I am going to hear the same thing from my DR that I heard the time before, I don't bother any more with going to him.

    I just suffer in silent and hope that it passes quickly, which seems to be the common theme that we all end up having to do.

    Hope it goes away soon for you.
  7. Nanie46

    Nanie46 Moderator


    I am passing along some info to you...

    Easy to read info about lyme with a great symptom list:

    More great basic info and this site has much more info...

    Written by a lyme expert and has a great symptom list pages 9-11 and great ifno about common coinfection on pages 22-27..check it out..

    Costrochondritis, along with many other symptoms can point to tick borne infections like Borrelia burgdorferi (lyme), Bartonella, Babesia, Ehrlichia, etc.

    Trouble is...99% of Dr's are not educated about this and do not know how to recognize or diagnose it.
  8. serenityskyline

    serenityskyline New Member

    Thank you to everyone who replied. Nothing is seeming to relieve the pain nor the swelling. Hopefully it does not last much longer.

    God Bless you all!!!


  9. Sheila1366

    Sheila1366 New Member

    Went back to the dr. yesterday and he put me on predisone. Not sure it is gonna help. Heating pad is helpful. Also I try to stretch out as much as I can to get pressure off of the ribcage.

    I hope it goes away soon.

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