Is there anyone dealing with Costochondritis along with Fibro?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by GrnEyedRedhead, May 5, 2005.

  1. GrnEyedRedhead

    GrnEyedRedhead New Member

    I was diagnoed with Costo in 3/05 and have just found out I also have Fibro. If anyone can give me some input on how to deal with both I would greatly appreciate it. Sharon
  2. Empower

    Empower New Member

    I also get Costochondritis with my fibro

    It doesn't last forever with me, I just get it for a couple days and then it passes

    I usually try a heating pad or I take Motrin
  3. maripat

    maripat New Member

    I've had Costro for years, it would come and go. Since being Dx with Fibro I have experienced more cronic rib pain.
    I live with an extra long heating pad tied around my middle when it gets real sore.
  4. dorabella

    dorabella New Member

    I get flares every now and then when my ribs ache and burn or it feels like I'm being stabbed with a small knife. I just grin and bear it. Usually passes within a couple of days.

  5. caj

    caj New Member

    What is costochondritis? caj
  6. GrnEyedRedhead

    GrnEyedRedhead New Member

    Costochondritis is a condition that causes inflammation to the rib cage and strumn. It can effect you from the 2nd rib to the 10th. It feel like muscle spams with pain. The systems feel as if you are having a severe heart attack. Which I thought I was having in 3/05 when I was rushed to the hospital. My heart is in good condition but now am having to deal with Costo and Fibro togather.
    Costochondritis for I me I feel servere pressure to the chest with pain, shortness of breath and pain which feels different than just aches through my body with some sharp pain. It affects others differently.
  7. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    Judging from all the posts we have had on this over the years, I can only assume that costo and FMS are connected. While FMS is not considered an inflammatory illness, I do believe there is inflammation. Costo is inflammatory, so avoiding anything which causes inflammation in the body is good. Dr. Perricone's new book has an anti-inflammatory diet in it. Anti-oxidants are helpful as is eating cinnamon.

    My daughter has a very good chiro who adjusts her ribs and relieves her costo. I've only had three bad flareups of it and a small, local injection of steroids has relieved it. When I lived in CO, every winter/spring I would get sick with bronchitis, asthma, and even pneumonia. I would get costo and get the injection and it would last til next year.

    Since moving to FL, I don't have the respiratory problems I did in CO, but last year, I got the flu. My lungs started to fill with fluid. Recovery was months and costo set in again. My specialist, who is a very good physiatrist (not a psychiatrist) did a local injection and it did away with the costo. It should last indefinately unless I get sick again.

    I work very hard to try to cut any inflammation in my body as I'm starting to realize how bad it is.

    Love, Mikie
  8. louiesgirl2

    louiesgirl2 New Member


    I have been having this and thought it was gas. Hence, the clapping hands smiley.

    I had no idea what it was. I thought I was going crazy.

    Now that I know I am not going crazy, I indtend to check this out.

    God I love this site.

  9. tcpolchies

    tcpolchies New Member

    I wasnt DX with Cost but was DX by a state Dr. to have plurisy. The doc placed me on abultrol, which does help only when I have inflamation around th echest cavity. I get frequent chest & rib pain. Some times associated with URI, dry cough, and a coarse voice during a bad spell. Recently the neuro has placed me on a pressure med which has helped with the chest pain. I was hoping it would help ease the migranes to but no such luck. Hope that helped.
  10. Notonline

    Notonline New Member

    I used to get frequent episodes of this when I was younger...I did alot of running in and out of freezers/coolers at work and would start coughing (from the temp change cold to hot) and be laid up for weeks.

    One Dr. finally sent me for breathing tests a few years back...and found I have asthma.

    I don't get what most consider the typical symptoms, I seldom have episodes of wheezing, but I do get a tightness in my chest that feels like a vise and coughing fits.

    What used to lead into a 2 week or longer episode of costo, now doesn't...inhaler seems to stop it in it's tracks. Thankfully, last episode of costo I had was last year with the lasted about 3 days.

    What helped me with the costo, move around or sit as much as possible, the more I would lay, the more I would stiffen up and hurt at times. Many times ice would be a greater help than heat for the inflamation, the heat feels great I know though. Small, light meals helped, and try not to wait too long before reaching for something to help relieve the pain...I would try to ignore it beacause it wouldn't be that bad, but 1 hour later I would be in tears and ready to scream. It turns nasty fast.

  11. TaniaF

    TaniaF Member

    sometimes I feel costo is worse for me than the Fibro.

    Rib and sternum pain, tight chest, and pain along the diaphram bones. It's really miserable.

    I use a heating pad and have to wait it out. I can't take Advil as it upsets my stomach.

  12. Sandyz

    Sandyz New Member

    I had this for almost a year after several rounds of broncitis. The heating pad is about all you can do for it. The pain meds really don`t work on this. It is so painful. Many people with Fm get this so don`t feel alone.
  13. Manwithfibro

    Manwithfibro New Member

    Mine never lets up and I wish I had an answer for us. I use ice but there has been nothing that I can honestly say works for me. It has to be related to FM. My wife can feel the knots in my rib cage.
  14. GrnEyedRedhead

    GrnEyedRedhead New Member

    I have found for me that heat works better than cold. I do use a heating pad but have found by putting rice in a tube sock and placing in a mirowave only for a moment helps much better. I also at time find myself relieving to pain in a hot tub or bath for It relaxes me. It may sound silly to some for I drink warm tea. It works even if it's just for a moment to pamper myself. (SMILE)
    I have also found that for me sitting on soft surfaces causes me problems. I lay on my back more now than ever and found placing pillows under my legs for support helps also pillow when I lay on myside. I to have no answers for I am new to this I only know what has worked for me. Sharon
  15. tanyasue

    tanyasue New Member

    and it sucks!

    It kills sometimes and I feel like I am losing my mind. I left a message for a friend saying that I CANNOT deal with all that is going on in my body.

    So sorry this is so bad for you.

    Tanya Sue
  16. Tigger57

    Tigger57 New Member

    I was at the ER today. I have serious rib pain in my left ribs that extends from my sternum... where my recent incision is.

    I spent today at the ER and they were idiots. One doc told me the rib pain was probably from my surgery because it extends from top of the incision (at sternum) and my left ribs. The first doc explained that it was probably an inflammation from the surgery I had. Then he went off duty and the second doc said nothing about it. Oh, and I was/am dehydrated too, but they couldn't even get an IV in me. I had to have the nurse chase the doc down just to get some meds for the pain.

    I was in more pain when I left there than when I got there.

    I'm still furious.
  17. dafoefan

    dafoefan New Member

    I have this and just from reading my fibro books figured I wasn't dying. I knew I always had good blood pressure, my heart has always been in good shape but couldn't believe the pain. I usually get a small amount of relief from heat, last week ice helped, why--who knows?

    It still scares me each time and I have to whine to my husband and ask for extra hugs cause it scares me. This is the only time I consider going to the hospital. I have never gone for fibro symptoms (only having babies), and don't know what they could do but make me mad ;)! Has anyone been helped at the ER for their fibro?

    Anyway, how do you get a diagnosis, just helpful to have for disability application details. What kind of dr and how do they get a reading?

    Lots of questions, sorry. Thanks for any info.

    Prayers and hugs to all, I think this is the symptom that makes me feel the most out of control I have yet found with fibro. However, I am only 41 and my Grandma lived 2x that with fibro, I guess there is plenty of time for lots of fibro fun.

  18. Tigger57

    Tigger57 New Member

    First of all, the hospital did nothing for me while I was there. I finally got a nurse to get ahold of the doctor to prescribe some vicoden.

    The first doctor I saw told me I had inflammation in the cartiledge in teh rib cage. I knew from reading these boards what that meant... costochrondirtus. He said yes. Then his shift was over and a new doctor came on that just said it was from my surgery and so was the diarrhea... even though I had it before my surgeyr... so bascially they know nothing.

    What's worse is... I'm dealing with 3 different things that doctors know nothing about... fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and gastric by-pass surgery.

    I was so angry when I left there. I still mush be carrying some of it with me, because it's 2:30 in the morning and I'm up .... AGAIN! I can't sleep. It's so frustrating.
  19. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I posted there.

    Love, Mikie
  20. GrnEyedRedhead

    GrnEyedRedhead New Member

    I too am a grandma of 2 boys and am 46yrs old.

    I had my boys with me that day and was for a moment feeling good but then for some reason I felt as if I was having a severe heart attack and was rushed to the ER. They ruled out alot of things and my heart is in good condition.

    Because of the systems I was having they diagnosd me with Costo and sent me home with a prescription for anixity. and nothing else.

    I wasn't having anxities for I was in pain. Never filled it feeling I didn't need that type of medication. I have found that some Drs. latey gives another meds just to cover up an issuse with no solutions to the problem.

    I went home and read up on Costo and found what it truely meant. I found ways for myself to try and relieve the pain when it becomes bad.

    I have found warm baths and direct heat works good for me and at times for me I feel drinking hot green tea helps.

    Now I have been diagnosed with Fibro and that in itselfs is it own nightmere. Costo for me comes and goes but Fibro is the awful one for me. Have found that there are simular systems and am learning to understand them both.