costochondritis ?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by daylight, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. daylight

    daylight New Member

    Today I was told that I have this . I asked a coworker if he knew what this was (he is a RN). He told me that from this Doctors got the word hypocondric. This was pretty upsetting to me because we have the same doctor .
    I've been having trouble breath and bad chest/lung pain. My dr. gave me a prescription for flexril and motrin but I really don't know want caused this and I know that I didn't make it up. I've been feel sick for awhile. Congested,tired and exausted mostly. Any suggestions to relieve the pain?

  2. getfitat40

    getfitat40 New Member

    I remember the first time I experienced Chosto - I thought I was having a heart attack. So your co-worker is a poop! A lot of us have this - it is inflammation of the rib cage. Anti-inflammatories are the only thing that help me and I usually take Flexeril with Advil.

    Good luck and hang in there...Nancy
  3. jaltair

    jaltair New Member

    Costochondritis isn't synonymous with hypochondriac! Your coworker is full of bologna . .

    Costochondritis is an inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join with the cartilage that holds them to the breastbone or sternum. Any of the 7 costochondral junctions may be affected, and more than 1 site is affected in 90% of cases. The second to fifth costochondral junctions most commonly are involved.

    This condition hurts like he..! It can make you feel as though you are having a heart attack.

    It's the cartilage that gets inflamed; sometimes it can be due to an infection, but most of the time the cause is simply not known. Muscle relaxers don't help much as it's not a muscle problem. I usually take my pain med, Ultracet, but something like ibuprophen could be used to help decrease the inflammation. I also use a giant heating pad and apply heat to the specific area affected. That really helps!

    I hope this helps you. Please try the heating pad; that should do the trick along with an anti-inflammatory.

    Warm wishes, Jeannette
  4. daylight

    daylight New Member

    I'm at work today and can't move very well. My back is very sore. I'm going to buy a heating pad after work . Thank for your encourgement and support.
  5. Kat_in_Texas

    Kat_in_Texas New Member

    I've had costochondritis for three years although I was just dx'ed with FM a year ago. As the others have said, it can hurt like heck. I went to several specialists (cardiologist, gastroenterologist, neurologist) before I could finally put a "name" to the horrible pain. I wound up in the E.R. so many times in one three-month time span that they knew me by name, seriously!

    I don't have any words of wisdom for you other than to try and relax when the pain gets bad. Even now I still panic that it might be my heart or lungs, but I have to just allow myself to "ride the wave" of pain; the worst of it subsides fairly quickly once I do that, then I just go to bed and try to sleep, that's the only thing that really helps me. I don't use a heating pad very often, but it's a great suggestion. Might relax you as well. I keep an electric blanket on my bed year-round and I definitely crank it up when my chest starts hurting. A bad attack leaves me pretty sore for a couple of days.

    I'm sorry you're dealing with this. You're not alone, so if you need some support, we're here!!

    Take care. I hope you feel better soon.


    [This Message was Edited on 11/03/2005]
  6. Theresa03

    Theresa03 New Member

    I feel you're pain.....I've had it a few times over the years and have ended up in the ER with so much pain...could hardly breathe. Best advice I can give...take lots of the motrin and sleep....that seemed to work for me. Take care and hope you feel better soon!

  7. tandy

    tandy New Member

    I get this too and I gotta say,....#1 its painful and nothing helps much(except heat) and #2 what a total idiotic statement for this person to make!!
    If the condition has a name its real!!
    Many people suffer from this inflammation of the ribcage.
    They say a few days of anti-inflammatorys help ease it a bit. Sometimes it works for me,..and other times it does'nt. Hot baths help somewhat. And I use moist heat for mine alot.
    Hope your feeling better soon :)