SpoonieMcgee

253d

Do any of my alikes suffer from costocondritis? (sp?) I've had awful pains in my chest for about 2 weeks now. It comes and goes in severity but sometimes feels like a heart attack. I'm not worried it's my heart as I feel OK in myself, all other conditions considered. I've heard of costocondritis being something ME/CFS sufferers deal with often and the symptoms of it do seem to be what I'm feeling. I hate going to the doctors and struggle getting appointments. If you suffer could you explain how it feels? Or should I just buck up and go to the doctors and make sure it's nothing more serious? i think I know the answer really.. 😅

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    • str8outtacollagen

      37d

      I had chronic costochondritis for about 2 years. Chronic for me meant I was in pain every day for 2 years. It was super scary. The first time it happened I was hiking a trail in Taos and I thought I was having a heart attack. After awhile the pain toned down to a constant dull ache but every now and then it would spike and I thought it was my heart again. After an emergency room visit and an ambulance call I finally learned to tune into my body and ground myself by remembering that I’ve felt like this before and my heart was perfectly fine. When I had a spike I would spend a lot of time in the bath soaking in Epsom salt. I’d use heating pads on my back and a heated rice bag on my chest. I worked with my doctor to try different medications like muscle relaxers, steroids, and anti-inflammatories. The thing that changed the game for me even though it’s a real bummer so I wish it was true…is that I cut out gluten from my diet entirely. After cutting it out my inflammation came way down and I only get Costo flares now when I do something that agitates that area of my body like lifting too heavy of a bag of sleeping weird. I remember thinking the pain would never end - but it did. And when it comes back I know that it won’t last forever. I hope that gives you some hope that things can get better and the pain won’t always be as loud in your life as it feels right now.

    • dolphinblues

      253d

      I have had this for 20+ yrs. It definitely can be unbearable when it flares up. Mine started in college by carrying a heavy backpack. It is on both sides of the upper chest and lower right side. It varies from a dull-moderate ache to a sharp stabbing pain. The stabbing pain kind of feels like I was stabbed with a pencil or arrow and it was left in place. The aches feel similar to that of a mildly sprained ankle. Aches when not doing anything, then increases when I lift/carry things or clean the house. I hope this helps. It's not fun dealing with it, but can be managed once you figure out what triggers it. For me, it's usually carrying a purse or backpack, and cleaning that triggers a flare-up.

      • SpoonieMcgee

        253d

        @dolphinblues thank you for replying in so much detail! I really appreciate it. Mine seems to only be on the left side of my upper chest. It flares up more in the evening after I've had a day of doing housework etc. It was quite bad in bed last night when I was breathing. I got worried it was my breast but when I press my chest I can feel its not the breast tissue but the rib bones beneath it. That stabbing pain feels like its straight into the heart, it's a very alarming pain! But your reply makes me feel a little more settled, thank you ❤️

        • dolphinblues

          246d

          @SpoonieMcgee absolutely! It can definitely be scary when the pain is so close to your heart. I hope you have found relief.

      • Pain_Warrior89

        253d

        @dolphinblues spot on

    • crafty_spoony

      253d

      Yes, I ended up in A&E with it in August as it was new to me. They recommended I take ibuprofen and try to ignore it. Now it comes and goes, where it was near constant before. I have issues with my heart as well, and I don't know at what point I should seek help anymore.. 🤦‍♀️

      • SpoonieMcgee

        246d

        @crafty_spoony it's so confusing isn't it! Don't want to get told we're overreacting to nothing but at the same time the symptoms are so scary that it could be something!!

        • crafty_spoony

          245d

          @SpoonieMcgee exactly!

    • biophysicsgirl

      253d

      I have recurring Costochondritis with my ME and Fibro too! I’ve been to hospital a few times with it as it’s so hard to know when chest pain is very serious. I normally find if you can reproduce the pain my pressing along your breast bone (centre of your chest where your ribs meet) it’s likely Costochondritis! Anti-inflammatory drugs help mine subside when it’s really bad but sometimes it goes away on its own with time. I’d definitely check with your doctors for peace of mind though 😊

      • SpoonieMcgee

        246d

        @biophysicsgirl yes I can definitely force the pain when pressing on my breast bone, I've checked my breasts and the pain is definitely beneath them so glad it's nothing boobie related! But I really don't feel it's my heart as I feel fine (as can be all things considered) otherwise! I'm certain it's costocondritis but I will definitely be making a doctors appointment ASAP to confirm it!

    • Pain_Warrior89

      253d

      Me too, I was told if it ever gets too uncomftable tho go to a&e cause somtimes may just need help reducing inflammation abit

      • SpoonieMcgee

        246d

        @Pain_Warrior89 thank you for the advice. I never want to waste hospital time, especially in days like these, but sometimes needs must and I have to remember that

    • spookyspoonie

      253d

      My chiropractor is really helpful at getting me through costochondritis flares. My ribs like to slip out of place, and I often can't re-locate them on my own. They also like to get stuck in place- not "opening" when I try to breathe. So I can't breathe, but my lungs are fine- there just isn't any room for them to inflate. It is unbearably painful, and makes it so hard to breathe. Certain stretches help sometimes. One I like to do child's pose, with my legs spread apart and a few pillows stacked under my body to support me (so I dont have to use energy to stay propped up), while gravity pushes my shoulders forward & ribs apart. My medical cptsd is far too bad for me to go to the ER/A&E unless I am literally dying. So as long as my vitals are stable, I suffer through it at home or with the help of my chiropractor

      • SpoonieMcgee

        246d

        @spookyspoonie I used to see a chiropractor but I didn't find it made anything better. It actually made me crash so severely that I don't think I could do it anymore, even though I love being cracked and clicked into place! 🤣 I'm sorry you've had to go through that! Please make sure you're taking care of yourself ❤️

    • zozo131

      97d

      I had my first attack of costochondritis last year and it was terrifying. I was making food and I actually thought I’d accidentally stabbed myself. I begged my mum not to take me to hospital (fear of hospitals bcs of mistreatment etc) but eventually the emergency services told us to go. Mine got worse after having COVID and I still get it now! Mine is linked to my Ehlers-Danlos and it feels like my ribs almost invert and poke my heart/lungs… It’s been almost a year and a half but still haven’t heard anything from my GP about a heart monitor or even just to talk about it so I’ve not actually been officially diagnosed yet Hope this helps/makes any sense!!

    • str8outtacollagen

      37d

      I had chronic costochondritis for about 2 years. Chronic for me meant I was in pain every day for 2 years. It was super scary. The first time it happened I was hiking a trail in Taos and I thought I was having a heart attack. After awhile the pain toned down to a constant dull ache but every now and then it would spike and I thought it was my heart again. After an emergency room visit and an ambulance call I finally learned to tune into my body and ground myself by remembering that I’ve felt like this before and my heart was perfectly fine. When I had a spike I would spend a lot of time in the bath soaking in Epsom salt. I’d use heating pads on my back and a heated rice bag on my chest. I worked with my doctor to try different medications like muscle relaxers, steroids, and anti-inflammatories. The thing that changed the game for me even though it’s a real bummer so I wish it was true…is that I cut out gluten from my diet entirely. After cutting it out my inflammation came way down and I only get Costo flares now when I do something that agitates that area of my body like lifting too heavy of a bag of sleeping weird. I remember thinking the pain would never end - but it did. And when it comes back I know that it won’t last forever. I hope that gives you some hope that things can get better and the pain won’t always be as loud in your life as it feels right now.

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