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Comment from: Caz, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 10

I have had costochondritis since 2010, but I am lucky in that, mine comes and goes. All my attacks occur in the night, usually after some strenuous activity the day before. The pain is first felt in my right armpit, but quickly creeps across my breast to my sternum. I still find it very scary. I had all the tests at Accident and Emergency in 2010 and they all came out ok, but it was a chiropractor who finally diagnosed me as having costochondritis. I find a few large spoonsful of cold yogurt ease my pain.

Comment from: TakeCareOfYourBody, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 07

I was diagnosed of costochondritis in January 2020, and I wish this on no one. I have constant chest pain, feels like a heart attack because your chest is heavy, thus creating major anxiety. I went to the emergency room, had EKGs and chest x-rays, but nothing showed up. I took naproxen (pain killers) and the chest pain reduced a lot. After about 6 months my anxiety went away. I am 10 months in and I feel a lot better, no anxiety or chest pain; just a little pain when I touch my rib cage on the left. Anxiety will go away!

Comment from: val, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

I have been having pain on and off for the past 6 months. Some days no pains or aches at all. Sometimes I get a headache and pains in my arm, and sometime it seems to affect my sinuses. Both my doctor and osteopath say it is costochondritis. I am now at the stage where I am fed up with suffering. I also have osteoarthritis in the neck. Wonder if anyone else has been suffering with this.

Comment from: Marge, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

I was diagnosed with Tietze syndrome and costochondritis at age 15; I just turned 74. Symptoms are pain and soreness where the rib connects to the breastbone, and pain in the entire rib, on the right side, just under right breast. When swallowing anything too hot or too cold, I have horrid pain at the junction. Additionally, after fluid overload (right lung) surgery, when taking deep breaths, I get pain at the rib, right upper back, and down the right side of my ribcage and shoulder. X-rays have been clear.

Comment from: kittycat, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 23

I’ve been having upper right chest pain near the armpit, a little below the collarbone. I previously had tuberculosis and was also diagnosed with costochondritis. The area when I was first diagnosed with costochondritis was near the sternum also on the right side. Since the pain area is different, I am a bit nervous if it is still costochondritis or angina, since they both have the same symptoms. I can’t even go to the hospital due to COVID 19. I keep getting anxiety attacks over this which makes the symptoms worse.

Comment from: Cindy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 21

I am wondering if I might have costochondritis. The doctor doesn't think so; ultrasounds, colonoscopy, bloodwork... all normal. It started 2 months ago, pinching pain that moves around in the upper abdomen, and mostly under both sides of my rib cage. Interestingly, if it pinches/hurts on the right side, it pinches/hurts on the left side in the exact spot. Feels better when I stretch, during the stretch; no pain to the touch from the outside. No pain at night or when I first wake up.

Comment from: Py, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 22

I had open heart surgery about a year ago and while the right side of my chest healed, my left side didn't. Sometimes I get a jabbing pain in the underside my left breast. Most of the time it will just be tender and sore right where my ribs connect to my sternum. It's been a whole year now with no relief.

Comment from: Becca , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I’ve had pains for months now about 4/5 and been told it is costochondritis. The pains are awful; started above my left breast and sort of in the middle, and now it’s onto my right, above my breast. I got a kind of burning sensation a few weeks back, and it was awful! I am still getting the pains and it’s so sore to touch. I am going for a CT scan to check if everything is okay. I’ve had ECGs and blood tests, and they all came back okay, but it hurts so much I’m now on gabapentin for pain relief.

Comment from: Bertie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

I have never been officially diagnosed with costochondritis, but I am 100 percent sure this is what I have. I have been tested for everything, checked blood, got x-rays and ultrasound done and nothing ever came up. I have had this on and off for the past two years, I notice it tends to come out when I’m particularly stressed. The pain is usually located under my left breast, on the side and lately has spread to my upper back on both sides and left underarm. CBD oil is the only thing that works.


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Comment from: Miss C, 45-54 (Patient) Published: May 19

I took a deep breath and felt something happen on my left side in the back. My breasts began to hurt and burn viciously. I went to my chiropractor and he fixed me. My breasts are still tender, but should ease up by tomorrow. I couldn't take a deep breath, cough, laugh, or call out a name without extreme pain. Thank goodness for the chiropractor!

Comment from: Yvonne, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 14

My costochondritis started 6 months ago. I had been vigorously gardening, and then cleaned my house. I had to call 911. I think, in retrospect, that all of those muscles left side under the armpit went into spasm. I had unbearable pain, and went to the hospital. Fentanyl cut the pain. I was admitted and had many tests, not my heart; costochondritis. So, now any stress or worry or physically moving, my left arm has really painful stabbing pain that moves into my back. I did have breast cancer 14 years ago, and I panic easily which makes it worse.

Comment from: Lori, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I have had fibromyalgia and costochondritis for years. After bronchitis the cartilage between my ribs burn, ache, and feel like marbles along each rib. Weather affects it; especially damp rains, and winter. After my widow maker heart attack, it's harder to diagnose if its costochondritis, or heart attack. The burning goes through my back, like women experience. Diets (being vegetarian) and increasing water intake do not help. For years doctors didn't know what it was. There is no cure. Anxiety and stress bring on the pains.

Comment from: APrep, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

My costochondritis started 3 years back with a slight tension on my upper body, and turned into sternum popping when I stretched. Now I am very active on my Peloton, have started to do warm ups, cool downs and stretches to help. I mildly feel the pain when cycling, but take my inhaler to help. When I flare, it's very painful, usually in the morning. I feel a very sharp pain in my left breastbone and back/shoulder blade. I have been using the Backpod which is supposed to cure it. I am a week in and now only feel the tension in the morning.

Comment from: Wovenlife, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 13

I've been suffering with costochondritis for about a year now. It rarely subsides, I get relief for about a week before it flares up again. It started from an accident when I pulled my whole chest wall. I have tried everything to alleviate the pain and nothing works. I'm active in exercises but only fluid motion (tai chi), elliptical for 12 minutes and walk everyday with my dogs. I'm limited to stretching as it makes it flare up worse. I also suffer with osteoarthritis in my neck, hips and back, fibromyalgia, and moderate scoliosis.

Comment from: Elizabeth , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

My pain from costochondritis is in the sternum, it feels like something is stabbing my heart! I have pain under my armpits and an overall burning and aching feeling in my chest bones and breasts. I noticed pain in my sternum only about two years ago and it has progressively gotten worse and spreading to other areas. Most days I’m in constant pain or discomfort in my chest area.

Comment from: Chantelle , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I'm 32 and have just given birth 11 days ago. I have costochondritis and reading all your comments and all the in each one, I realize I have all of them. I thought something else was wrong with me, I did not realize my headaches, dizziness, arm pain, etc., were anything to do with that. I feel so ill all the time I hardly get out of bed, because of how dizzy I feel. I have to hold walls to walk around my house. I have had it for over a year, and I am worried I will not feel normal again, I am so scared.

Comment from: D, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I'm so glad I'm not alone with this horrible disease, it's making me anxious and depressed as I've had costochondritis for 3 years. As a kidney transplant patient I can only take paracetamol. There is no let up with it.

Comment from: Rachel, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

My costochondritis symptoms are breathlessness, lightheadedness, and chest pains felt like I am having a heart attack. The pain in the middle of my chest feels like a bad indigestion spreading. I get pain across upper torso on the back and down arm and elbow, and a crushing pain on both sides of my rib cage like I'm being crushed. I'm going to try Syndol, the new tablets, to see if it will relax everything, as normal painkillers do nothing.


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Comment from: D, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I've had this horrible costochondritis for 3 years. But as a kidney transplant patient I can’t take strong painkillers and I'm constantly attached to a hot water bottle. It is really making me depressed. It's good to know I'm not alone and I feel your pain.

Comment from: iceman, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 04

I was diagnosed with costochondritis 15 years ago, and since then it has become chronic. Lately I have been having pain on my upper right abdomen just below the ribs. My doctor said it was costochondritis again, and I just want to be sure, because the pain is really persistent. So I went for a lab check, got my SGOT/SGPT, creatinine, BUN, albumin, and cholesterol checked. I even went for an ultrasound. All went well and all normal. so I guess, it really is costochondritis and it's showing its fangs this time.

Comment from: Jo, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 04

I have soreness under my breast and on my chest. When I press on my chest, I get shaking and shortness of breath, and my blood pressure rises. I have been to the emergency room, they checked my heart and lungs, and everything came out good. I just don’t understand what causes the shortness of breath and blood pressure to rise, I was diagnosed with costochondritis.

Comment from: Magda Botha, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

My costochondritis symptoms are pain in the ribs, and pain in my upper back, neck and shoulders.

Comment from: Candace, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 16

My costochondritis pain started at the side of my left breast, then worked its way under both breasts and around my upper back. It is a deep ache, bruised feeling, with sporadic sharp pains in different areas of my scapula and ribs. I have suffered with this on and off for 2 years, a cure needs to be found.

Comment from: Charlene, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 02

I have had costochondritis for over 3 years now, since just after I gave birth. I thought I was having heart attack, all same symptoms. I have done tests and found out I had this thing instead. I have left side stabbing aching under my breast. Then it’ll take turns to the right side. And I get a pain right in between my breasts, the bone is so sore to touch. Feels like I have been hit with a lorry. I constantly sleep on my back, no other way. So now I suffer with constant bad back as well.

Comment from: CjS, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 30

I have been having chest pains for a year and a half now. Started off feeing like someone hit me in the chest with a bat. I had a cough that wouldn’t go away for about 6 months. I had an echocardiogram, chest x-rays, ultrasound, CT scan, blood work, and throat scope, and all came back fine. Now it’s just a sharp pain in the middle right of my chest, armpit pain on both sides and a right side sore throat. Stress and anxiety definitely play a part. Finally I just had a doctor diagnose me with costochondritis.

Comment from: D, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 22

I've had this costochondritis pain in my side of left breast for nearly 3 years. I was told it is musculoskeletal. I can't take stronger pain killers as I'm a kidney transplant patient. I'm seriously depressed it's taking over my life. I've had heart tests, ECGs, mammogram and all been okay. I'm permanently attached to a hot water bottle. I feel for you all.

Comment from: M_U, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

I was diagnosed with costochondritis in late December after a very stressful event took place in my life at the time. The pain scared me and I went to a doctor who did tests and diagnosed it as costochondritis. The pain was tremendous when the doctor was examining me. I was put on anti-inflammatory medication and was told that the pain should be gone within a week. Fast-forward to 7 months later and it seems to be worse. I hate this condition and it hasn't helped my anxiety levels either.

Comment from: Dchic, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I have been suffering with costochondritis for around a year and a half, I got it after a bad bout of the flu. Anxiety makes it worse. Mine flares up in my back and left rib cage on my side, the worst. I had every test under the sun done, and everything came back negative. I also have fibromyalgia which doesn’t help. I recently started taking CBD oil and found some relief from this. It’s actually the only thing that helps and is better than taking pills every day. I hope this helps.

Comment from: Pat221, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I was just diagnosed with costochondritis though I'm not convinced the diagnosis is correct. Most of my pain is on the right side, not on my sternum but on the ribs under my arm and in my back. They ache except for one spot on my back rib, which hurts when touched. Wondering if anyone has had similar right-side pain with costochondritis.

Comment from: chris, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 13

I had chest pain which I thought was because of heart issues. Multiple ECG and blood tests later the cardiologist says it is costochondritis. I have had it 7 months, it's horrible and depressing, and the pain is always in the evening and in between my spine and underarm. It also is below my left nipple, always on my left side. It comes and goes, and lasts 2 or 3 nights, then goes for a week or so. Back to the doctors I go, I'm so fed up.

Comment from: adamjdavis1992, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 11

I left gym to go straight to Accident and Emergency as I thought my right lung had popped due to pain when I took half a breath. I had been told I had intercostal muscle strain. The pain went after 1 week. Four weeks later while on holiday I played water polo. Two nights later I woke up with fast heart rate and thought I was having a heart attack. The doctor checked my vitals and my heart was fine but blood pressure was 138/80 when it's normally 120/80. I suffer with anxiety anyway. I was told I have costochondritis and given ibuprofen and pain killers.

Comment from: Sue, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 10

My daughter has suffered with costochondritis on and off for 4 to 5 years. She found great relief when she took daily doses of an herbal supplement called Zyflamend and 2000 mg of fish oil. If she forgot to take the above listed supplements for a period of 2 or 3 days, she would have an attack. She quickly made it a habit to take the supplements! She has had only 1 or 2 attacks while on them in the past 4 years!

Comment from: KatieJ, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

Symptoms of my costochondritis can vary. Sometimes it is sore ribs on one or both sides. Sometimes the side of a breast is sore, so I worry about breast cancer. Or when my chest is tender, I worry if my heart is okay, so that gives me anxiety, but I think it comes down to costochondritis.

Comment from: maria , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

My costochondritis has made my life miserable. Physical therapies and anti-inflammatory pills haven’t worked. My whole chest hurts, I have dizziness, shortness of breath, I sometimes feel like my throat closes up, and it’s terrifying. It even runs up to my ears and jaw. I’ve had this for almost 3 months now and I’m desperate to get better. Wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

Comment from: Copswife23, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

Costochondritis comes from out of the blue. I'm always stressed and on Xanax. Stress echo was done. EKG is normal. I crochet a lot. I'm also 69 and have osteoporosis of neck. When I press certain areas, it's so sore and tender. Doctor told me it is costochondritis but mine comes for a while, goes away and a few days later, wham! I'm depressed from this miserable condition.

Comment from: Doggy, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 11

I have intense burning pain in the center of my chest up to and including the trachea and radiates through to my back between the shoulder blades. The rear of my upper arms down to and including my elbows are also affected by my costochondritis. Being out and having to exert myself in cold weather flares it almost instantly. I also have lupus which does not help.

Comment from: melissa , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 28

I have been told I have costochondritis by my doctor. My symptoms are extreme dizziness, fast heart, headache, and sharp chest pain with tenderness. I wonder if anyone else has had dizziness really bad.

Comment from: Mike, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 06

I am suffering badly from costochondritis, I've had it nearly a year now. I'm in agony every day, breathless as I can't get a deep breath, stabbing pains in the left side of my chest which is the scariest thing ever, headaches, and dizziness. I'm on codeine and paracetamol and nothing touches it. I’m a builder and often have a bad back so I'm off to the osteopath on Wednesday and hope he can help.

Comment from: Hilary, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

My symptoms of costochondritis were extreme shortness of breath, heavy and weak feeling in chest, and severe aching and stabbing pain. I couldn’t sleep as couldn’t get comfy. Panic and anxiety shortly ensued. I couldn’t swallow any hard food as throat seemed to hurt too much. I lost 30 lb. in weight, unhealthily. I had x-rays, ultrasound, CT, and MRI tests and nothing was diagnosed through those. I then had 3 steroid injections in my chest wall, through into the cartilage and only then did a lot of the pain go.

Comment from: Zombie cupcake, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I have had this horrible costochondritis for 7 weeks with no relief. My symptoms keep getting worse. It started with stabbing pain under my left breast and up into my left chest. I had my gallbladder removed hoping for this to go away. I still had the same pain and went back to the emergency room a week after surgery as the pain also moved into my whole chest and felt like I was being squeezed by a rubber band, and was short of breath. I was in the hospital for 3 days where they did a scope down my throat and said I have an inflamed stomach and duodenum. They gave me celecoxib and a proton pump inhibitor omeprazole to reduce acid and help with the pain. I tried it for 3 days and felt way worse. The pain moved into my back and under both ribs. Both my arms have pins and needles. I also keep getting headaches with dizziness. I went back to my surgeon and he finally diagnosed me with costochondritis and said it would be gone in a couple weeks. It is 7 weeks later and I am worse than before. I have been taking turmeric and only eat fruits and vegetables trying to heal from this. I lost 30 pounds in a month and I am still desperate for help as my pain is every day and not just episodes. I also drink lots of herbal teas, ginger, chamomile and lemon to help with chest tightness but relief is only when lying flat on my back. I do roll up 4 tube socks and lay on the floor with a pillow under my head and sock ball under my back to try and open up my ribs to breathe in the front. This does help a lot but is temporary relief.

Comment from: Melanie, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

I have had what I believe to be costochondritis for almost a year now. It began on the right side in my back floating ribs, then I began to get pain in the front lower ribs as well. That lasted 8 months off and on and then I had no symptoms for almost two months. About a week ago I was at work and felt pain in my lower left floating ribs. I felt like my ribs were squished in or out of place; or like the muscles holding them in place were ripped. The strange thing is I have been on meloxicam for bursitis in my knee for almost two weeks so having this pain was strange for me. I thought it could be a back spasm from dehydration but after many water bottles and days later the pain is still there. Now the right back side is starting to hurt again. Also noted I frequently have popping in my sternum, like a knuckle pop. I have been trying to see a doctor but no one I call says they 'do ribs'. I tried orthopedic, thoracic, etc. I suppose I will see a regular doctor.

Comment from: Susan, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I was diagnosed with costochondritis about 3 years ago. The pain was centered on both sides of my rib cage and across my abdomen. It was severe at first; took a lot of ibuprofen and used a heating pad. I had injections which did not help, and physical therapy which did not help. A lot of my pain, I think, was caused from stress and my doctor put me on clonazepam (anti-anxiety medication) and I continued to take ibuprofen. It reduced my pain by about 50 percent. It eventually went away, but I still get it back. It is really bad right now. I also have chronic constipation and find that when I do finally have a bowel movement, it reduces the pain. I sure wish there was some solution to this problem. It's not fun and really curtails your activities.

Comment from: frebyrd38, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

I was diagnosed with costochondritis in 2013. The pain is under my left breast behind the breast to the side of the breast under the armpit and around to the middle of the back. When it flares up it is very, very painful. Usually I am given antibiotics and a Medrol pack which seems to ease the pain but it truly never goes away. I have rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia so I have learned to live with it. Just got to take it easy for a while and take what is prescribed to you and Motrin or Aleve. I also use ice packs and a heating pad depending on the weather outside. Cold aggravates it in the winter also. So I get most of my flare ups in winter. Thinking about all of you who have it. I sure know the pain.

Comment from: In Pain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 26

I was diagnosed with costochondritis in 2008 after many visits to many different doctors who kept telling me I had an ulcer. I even rushed myself of to the emergency room and had x-rays and ECGs done, thankfully no heart condition was found. However my pain generally starts in my left breast and within an hour has moved down to my left lower ribs so severe that I still think it is a heart attack. I take an anti-inflammatory medicine which soothes it a bit but I have this attack 1 or 2 times a week and feel I can't go through life with this pain anymore, surely there must be a cure!

Comment from: Carmel, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 02

With costochondritis I have very severe pain and tenderness in tissues across left breastbone into breast and out to the back of left breast; also underarm tenderness on left hand side. Tissue in this area feels sore to touch and very tender. I have quite a stabbing pain, severe at times. Almost inclined to take your breath away and sore when you take a breath.

Comment from: rusty, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

My symptom of costochondritis is burning in the upper chest area from left to right. It hurts in warm or hot weather but it is worse in cold weather.

Comment from: Yummie54, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

Movement and coughing was so very painful with costochondritis.

Comment from: Princess, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I have been suffering with this costochondritis pain for quite some time now. This is worse than labor pain. There are mornings I can't do anything with my left arm, can't breathe too hard because that causes the pain to be more severe. I took prescribed medications and none of them helped. Just wish there was a cure for this. I want to live a normal life without worrying or waking up with this excruciating pain.

Comment from: mark, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 25

While camping alone about a year ago, I started to have chest pain and shortness of breath. I tried to get in my truck to go home but never made it. Someone thought I was having a heart attack and called an ambulance. In the ambulance my blood pressure went up to 280 over 200. I got to hospital, had a chest x-ray, EKG, and blood work. Everything came back normal. I had blood work and an EKG every 2 hours for the next 12 hours, everything came back normal. The doctors said it was inner chest wall pain, costochondritis.

Comment from: Anna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 24

I have had flare ups of costochondritis for years. My doctors told me that stress brings it on. It is horribly painful and debilitating when it strikes. It appeared to be a heart attack the first time it happened. I was relieved that it wasn't a heart problem but not happy that there is nothing I can do to prevent it. As far as I know there is no treatment other than painkillers and using a heating pad.

Comment from: Elfina, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I have had chronic costochondritis for over 15 years. It started after a car accident. When I laugh it kicks in and I have to hold my ribs in until it subsides. The pain is very intense and I feel as if it puffs up like a balloon. I can feel the swelling go down in stages as the pain releases. It happens sometimes when I cough or sneeze, or when I am in an odd position. I never know when it will kick in and I really hate it. I have severe osteoporosis too and mild psoriasis flare-ups occasionally.

Comment from: C.S., (Patient) Published: April 08

I had chest pain on the left side of my chest near the breast bone or ribs and also on the left side of the breast in the ribs. I was sent to the hospital overnight for observation. A heart monitor was put on and electrocardiograph (2), a nuclear stress test (2) and an x-ray were taken. Before the stress test one after the other 7 vials of blood was taken. Every test came out good. Final diagnosis was inflammation of the lining of the ribs; costochondritis. I wish I had been diagnosed with this before rather than after 24 hours in the hospital.

Comment from: Willie, Male (Patient) Published: April 02

I have been struggling with this costochondritis chest pain for a number of years. It would start with a severe sharp pain on my left chest side about where the heart would be. At first I thought it was heart attack, but being the quiet type I kept it to myself. The sharp pain would grow into what felt like a massive vise around my chest area and closing fast. Then a massive pain would move up my chest to my jaws on both sides of my face and from there it would go up into my temples and really be a screaming pain. Fifty percent of the time I'm forced to live with it until it just passes, but sometimes I'm able to take a large drink of water and it feels like a mass is being pushed down the old tube and I get instant relief; until the next time, that is.

Comment from: lmh0392, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 27

I had a bad cough in the fall. Before I knew it I had this horrible pain on my left side. I had trouble breathing, sometimes even a certain way I moved caused tremendous pain. After a few months the pain seemed to go away. Then last week I started coughing again and its back worse than before. I have been taking Aleve and it helps a little. I am at my wits end. The heating pad helps some when I go bed. I plan on going back to my family doctor, and I am just hoping there is a medication out there to help costochondritis!

Comment from: Peach, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 09

This is my second time being diagnosed with costochondritis in an emergency room (ER). I have sharp pains on my left side that woke me up from a sleep. It hurts to lay on my back or left side. The doctor prescribed pain and anti-inflammatory medications. I was also given a shot of pain medications in the ER, which took the pain from a 10 to 3 within an hour.

Comment from: JMJ, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I am 5’ 1”, and a petite 115 lb. I have rib pain under left breast and the side ribs; like the bra is too tight. The pain travels to the top of my left breast near the armpit and then under the armpit, like someone is digging their fingers in my armpit. This has been on off for 2 years. I have had heart related tests and x-rays. I take Celebrex for pain. Nothing shows as an issue. I do suffer from osteoporosis, for which I get a Prolia shot twice a year. I stopped yoga because it felt worse. I walk 5 miles a day and hike on weekends. Wonder if this is costochondritis.

Comment from: Jane, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I have had costochondritis for almost 3 years now. I’ve had injections and they didn't do a thing for it. Now, for the past 4 months, on a weekly basis I've been getting deep tissue massaging done. It was quite painful at first and my pain had radiated to my shoulder blades and underarms but now it has really helped me. Try it, what do you have to lose!

Comment from: Carol e, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I have tenderness and slight bruising under my left breastbone, sometimes mild pain or a sharp pain that only lasts for a second. It is more tender, and sore now; wonder if this is anything to do with costochondritis.

Comment from: Palmgurl, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I am not sure if it’s a costochondritis symptom as I have no pain, but just feel like it is so tight under my left rib, like a vice grip. It sometimes moves around to the back. I have had a bad cough and constant throat clearing due to allergies. Feels Like I have been filled with helium at times, ugh.

Comment from: Yesh, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 06

I am suffering from costochondritis, I have pain near my left rib.

Comment from: Nate B., 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 21

I have had costochondritis for over 5 years now. It never really goes away. It flares up really bad every once in a while. It is very painful. I am a 34 year old male. I have been using CBD, kratom and Ibuprofen to help get some relief but still breaks through. Alcohol will numb it for a night but is right back in the morning. It causes me anxiety and feels like I cannot get my breath some days. Work in progress.

Comment from: Fed up , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

Three months after a trauma to my rib cage I feel like my ribs on the left side has a burning sensation. Also the ribs area feels swollen, wondering if this is costochondritis.

Comment from: joyfully, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

After a visit to the chiropractor, my ribs seemed to be hurt. I went to my doctor and he said this was trauma induced costochondritis and gave me steroids and limitations of not reaching above my head, not lifting more than 20 lb, no twisting of the torso, and to use ice/heat intermittent therapy. Prognosis is it will take 2 weeks.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

I have suffered with costochondritis for at least 4 years. I am in so much pain, this is the worst pain I have suffered. I am going to try heat pad, am on morphine, and tramadol. My heart goes out to my fellow suffers.

Comment from: lefty0803, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

My breastbone is sore and tender to touch. I experienced this symptom several years ago and learned it may be costochondritis, inflammation of the area where ribs (usually the 4th, 5th, and/or 6th) attach to the breastbone. Although I haven't learned of a specific cause, costochondritis is usually harmless, and is known to occur in patients with psoriatic arthritis. I was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis about 15 years ago and receive infused Remicade to treat my symptoms. Five years ago, I survived a septic staph infection that arose from total knee replacement surgery. Fortunately, my infection succumbed to a long course of infused, powerful antibiotics. Although I lost part of my memory, have chronic fatigue, and have needed multiple joint replacements since the staph infection, I feel fortunate to be alive and can deal with the relatively innocuous pain of costochondritis.

Comment from: saj, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: February 10

I got pain on my chest wall. I have done all investigations and doctor said I have costochondritis and I am suffering for nearly one year. It is sometime so painful. I had loads of painkillers, but nothing has been working, not even any gel. I don’t know how long I have to suffer with it.

Comment from: jackdaniel, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 02

I presented with the tell-tale symptoms of costochondritis but it eventually turned out to be bilateral pulmonary embolism (PE). My understanding is that the heart attack-like symptoms are rare with PE but that's what it was. Just a thought for others who are traveling or sit or lie down for several hours per day.

Comment from: Darce, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

So those of you who complain of pain under the arm from costochondritis might want to seek out a physical therapist who can work with first and second rib dysfunction. This has helped me greatly!

Comment from: Sher, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I have costochondritis for a month now. I went to the emergency room thinking it was my heart. EKG, blood work, CT scan all normal. I have tried NSAIDs, heating pad, pain patches, and nothing is helping. It is affecting my quality of life. I dread it can go on for years. I am going to try massage therapy.

Comment from: taschidelek, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I knew I had done something wrong when I heaved a heavy backpack strap over just one shoulder, instead of carefully scooting down and getting both straps positioned on my back, before standing upright. After two days I went to the doctor, as I couldn't exercise. My sleep wasn't affected, but I was worried I might have broken a rib. If I coughed or sneezed, the pain was an 11 on a 1-10 point scale. The doctor had me cough and had me move through a set of exercises. The diagnosis was easy. The remedy has been to rest my left arm (no exercise or heavy weight) and take Aleve for a week. After two days I feel fine, but will follow his orders to be sure. I'm going to be more careful with suitcases and heavy things in general since I am over 70.

Comment from: thoughtfulchick, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 16

The pain is almost as bad as when I had three broken ribs. At times, only hurts when twisting or bending over. I had sever pain with pressure on my chest. Ice packs and rest help me the most with the pain.

Comment from: jill j., 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

My pain started after a battle with a cold and horrible hacking cough. I am also pregnant and have been gagging and throwing up, which my doctor said could also have contributed to this condition. It started as a dull ache under my left breast, but after a couple of days I could hardly breathe. Since I am pregnant, my doctor could not prescribe the normal course of treatment (anti-inflammatories and pain medications, so I am using acetaminophen and ice with very minimal relief. I am going on three weeks of horrible pain!

Comment from: Trudy, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I was diagnosed with costochondritis four or five years ago. At the time I was told there was no known cause and no cure. I can also not take anything but Tylenol because of other issues. At the present I am having the most severe pain I have ever endured with this.

Comment from: ScareyCat, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

I had chest pain for over a week. I assumed I had a bronchial problem when I experienced shortness of breath and tenderness of the chest area. I decided to call 911 when I felt fullness in my chest while bending over. That scared me. I got to the ER, and doc said I had something called costochondritis. I was stunned but glad it was not heart-related. Anti-inflammatory meds helped with the pain.

Comment from: Connie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 11

I was diagnosed with costochondritis. I have intermittent chest pain.

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