Costochondritis

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What treatment has been effective for your costochondritis? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Twinmum, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 04

The Backpod works for costochondritis but it needs to be used right. Use it just off your spine and either side. Lift your head with your arms and pull your chin down to your chest hold as long as possible. I also rocked myself gently from side to side and massaged with the Backpod. If used correctly and used often it really helps. I went to Accident and Emergency 18 times with costochondritis after having pericarditis, it was agony for a year.

Comment from: Maaron, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I've been dealing with costochondritis every day for 3 years now. It started when my anxiety started. The pain and tightness in my chest is so unbearable. My sternum hurts when I press on it. I have no energy. Lifting heavy grocery bags aggravated it. I even get shortness of breath and heart palpitations. I've had stress tests, echocardiograms, numerous chest x-rays, CT scans, and even had a heart catheterization done. All came back negative. I just wish it would go away.

Comment from: mandy , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 22

I have been struggling with what they call costochondritis. I use to mainly get the soreness in my ribs after chest day or an abdomen workout. Lately I’ve been getting sharp stabbing pain in the middle of my chest, and tightness. EKG, 48-hour heart monitor, and lab tests, everything was cleared. It freaks me out. I still feel like it is heart-related. Don’t know what else to do. Maybe try a chiropractor. It really affects what I do in the fear it’s actually my heart.

Comment from: NORMA S, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 20

Going to a physiotherapist and doing exercises has helped my costochondritis.

Comment from: Costorecoveree, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 11

I had acute bronchitis which caused me to cough for several weeks all day and night. I developed costochondritis. I went to the emergency room after having severe rib cage pain every time I coughed and could not lie down due to the pain from 3 weeks of trying to get rid of my cough. My treatment was ibuprofen 600 mg tablet (better than Tylenol extra) every 5 to 8 hours and a strong antibiotic (he gave me 2 tablets each day of azithromycin 250 mg capsule for 5 days). Cleared up in the five days!

Comment from: Karen41, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 15

I don’t know of any females suffering with costochondritis who suffer with breast pain. I feel it is burning behind my left breast and was wondering if anyone else has had this.

Comment from: Harry, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

Eighteen years ago while blasting out of a sand trap, the club stuck and I ripped the cartilage near my sternum. It hurt so bad I cried. This year I’m getting injections to function but the costochondritis is far from cured and I can’t have it forever, so where do I go from here!

Comment from: Tetter3plr , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 05

I use THC infused cream costochondritis. It works wonders, it doesn't take the pain completely away but makes it manageable.

Comment from: Shelly w, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 04

I was diagnosed with costochondritis a few years ago. I kept going to the emergency room (ER) thinking I was having chest pains, etc. I got done a stress test and EKG, and everything came back fine. Then I made many trips back to the ER with the same pain near the left side of the sternum, very scared! Then finally a doctor said I have costochondritis! I had no idea it would last this long, it’s been now almost 4 years with no relief, just pain daily. I was at my wits’ end. I went to the chiropractor and finally relief. It helps, go! I go once a week for six weeks.

Comment from: Srini 46, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 30

I have pain in my left lower rib, and doctor said it is costochondritis and prescribed NSAIDs. After 2 weeks, there is still pain and swelling.

Comment from: YouGotThis, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 10

As a person who has been struggling with costochondritis for quite some time I know what you are all going through. Here are some things that can greatly reduce the pain. My number one suggestion is to do pushups. It may feel a little worse or the same for a few days, but I swear, after a week or two it makes a huge difference. Also, massage the back muscles right behind the chest using a massage ball or a wall corner in your home. Also look up exercises for costochondritis. You got this.

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Comment from: Sandinnalee, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 23

I went to a walk-in clinic in my 40s, and they sent me to the emergency room. They determined it was costochondritis. They gave me pain pills and sent me to an orthopedic doctor. He gave me steroid, lidocaine, and anti-inflammatory medicine. I only get it with asthma or if it's cold. I get 2 attacks a year. I use diclofenac rub on regularly.

Comment from: Heather , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

I have been suffering with costochondritis for 7 months. Old blunt break. I was diagnosed with costochondritis but not in sternum, and the right lower side caved in. Ugh. Finally I got Voltaren gel and for the 1st time, it was the best relief I've had in months! Topical anti-inflammatory. Used for 21 days. I was in the emergency room a few days ago and have tried everything. Nothing worked. This has disabled me, been hard on my family and marriage. Hopefully this medicine keeps working. Now it is OTC in United States.

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

I was diagnosed with costochondritis 5 months ago. Till date I have a lot of pain. Nothing seems to work since my attack five months ago. I was hospitalized twice thinking that I was having a heart attack. When I was there they did an EKG, chest x-ray and blood work and both times they diagnosed it as costochondritis. I was suggested to go to the chiropractor to seek more of a diagnosis. So since then I’ve been going to the chiropractor three times a week.

Comment from: Anna , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I’ve had costochondritis for almost 1 year now. I don’t find painkillers or anti-inflammatory tablets effective at all. For me the Backpod helps a lot, using this alongside a gentle back massager morning and night to try and open my back. I believe my costochondritis is linked to being at a desk for excessive hours a day hunched under extreme stress.

Comment from: TW, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 14

I find ice packs and stretching exercises specifically for costochondritis, help. Also appointments with the chiropractor and physiotherapist. My pain radiates through my entire ribcage front and back. I have a burning sensation in the sternum. Also I find it painful to wear a bra. Wonder if anyone else experienced that as well.

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

I had a head-on car crash, bursting both lungs. The air bag didn’t work and I broke the steering wheel with my chest, which left me with chronic costochondritis. I have tried injections, years of physiotherapy, all kinds of painkillers. I was recommended to take tricyclics for the nerve side of things, but I didn’t take these. Hot or cold packs made no difference. All in all 5 years after the accident and I still suffer. It comes and goes on a daily basis. It’s really nice knowing that I am not on my own having scary heart pains.

Comment from: Painfree, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 07

I have had costochondritis for the last 30 years. I have been through the sharp chest pains, trips to the emergency room, many EKGs and other tests until finally a diagnosis. I have tried so many remedies it's ridiculous! I did eventually get prescribed Voltaren, generic is diclofenac sodium 75 mg DR twice a day which as my doctor described is like a strong Advil. At last I can get through days without the pain. It truly is amazing how well it works!

Comment from: Queen Sheba , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

I was just in the hospital where they ran a lot of tests to diagnose costochondritis. This morning my chest is still swollen. It is not painful to the touch like it was previously. But, it was painful when I tried sitting up in bed this morning or when I tried to move from a flat surface to sit up. So I had to turn to my side to get up this morning. They gave me 9 Robaxin pills for pain - no refill. I have to follow up with my primary doctor. Not sure what treatment has worked for other with this.

Comment from: Joey, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I was diagnosed with costochondritis a few years ago. I always have chest pain radiating in my shoulders, and middle of shoulder blades. I have made multiple visits to doctors and cardiologists. For me personally, I thought I can’t live with this constant pain, and the constant fear that it was my heart, so I totally overhauled my diet. I cut out caffeine, sugars, gluten and dairy, and I have now had no pain in my chest, shoulders or shoulder blades, or any other joint pain for that matter!

Comment from: Syoung83, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I've been having these costochondritis symptoms for over 3 years. Mine include extreme anxiety and vomiting with an attack. I kept trying to explain the best way I can and they kept sending me to the gastroenterologist, who kept saying I was fine, and to go to the cardiologist. My doctors wouldn't listen. Till I saw a new one who pulled this out of the sky... and I'm thankful it is something and not me looking crazy. I use heating pads, baclofen and now I have a cream with gabapentin in it. But any cold or feeling overwhelmed, I'm done for.

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Comment from: Carolyn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I get costochondritis every so often, no rhyme or reason. Here’s what I do to get relief... take ibuprofen when it hurts. Also try drinking 3 large glasses of water first thing after waking in the morning.

Comment from: Danny, 55-64 (Patient) Published: December 11

I developed costochondritis out of nowhere. I'm 58, male, and my doctor told me it's common in some people and possibly related to arthritis. He prescribed a steroidal dose pack and it took the pain down to a 0-1. I started my exercises and pre-beginner’s yoga and the pain came back. I just take 1 Excedrin for migraine, 1 Tylenol 500, lots of rest and that takes care of it.

Comment from: patient, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 10

Everyone here should invest in the Backpod, it helped me so much with my costochondritis. And go to your doctor and get a referral to go to physical therapy, so along with the Backpod which stretches the cartilage connected to your sternum the physical therapist will release the tight intercostal muscles between your ribs and teach you stretches and strengthening exercises; all this is what gets you better.

Comment from: Dana, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I've had costochondritis for over 3 months now. Diclofenac takes the edge off but I'm starting to suffer from side effects. I recently read something about Wobenzym which is supposed to work on osteoarthritis, as well as NSAIDs with virtually no side effects. Wondering if anyone had any positive experience with this.

Comment from: Dale h, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I have been getting relief for costochondritis from drinking turmeric tea once a day and using diclofenac a couple times a day. What gives me pain relief also is the back pod, whatever works I try. You can’t seem to do anything that won’t aggravate it. I would like to try injections, but they are not covered by my healthcare, and USD 400 plus I can’t afford on my senior’s pay.

Comment from: Robert, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I have an underlying inflammatory condition costochondritis as yet not correctly diagnosed. In summer 2016 I slipped and overstretched, crossing a small river. I developed an extremely acute pain in my lower front left ribcage... felt like the pain was surrounded by a basket like shape that you could not touch. Next morning I developed exactly the same pain and sensation in my left shoulder. Naproxen 500 did the trick quickly but the most amazing thing happened... it cleared a bout of the brain inflammation l had constantly.

Comment from: JoJo, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 13

In 2014, I was elbowed in the chest by an opposing player during a basketball game. Ever since that day, my chest has not felt the same. In 2016, I collapsed due to a sharp pain in my chest at basketball practice. At the emergency room, I was diagnosed with costochondritis. Since 2016, I have felt pain intermittently. I have not found a cause or treatment that helps. I have a flare up right now. I am hopeful that ibuprofen will relieve some of my pain.

Comment from: Jennifer , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 04

I haven’t been formally diagnosed by a doctor yet but all my symptoms mirror costochondritis. My pain began in October 2018. It started on the left side, lasted about 2 weeks, went away for a month, and then it returned on my right side for a couple weeks. I was pain free up until a week ago when it returned in my left side again. As I am in agonizing pain I can feel it spreading over into my left side again. I wonder if this sounds normal to costochondritis.

Comment from: Kaf, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I have experienced this costochondritis since May this year 2019. I ended up in emergency 2 times. They kept telling me it was reflux and kept giving me the wrong medicines. Since going to a gastroenterologist he advised that it was this costochondritis. I have started on glucosamine and costochondritis with MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) powder. I am 2 days in and I feel fantastic.

Comment from: Barb, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I had pain in my chest area for several months before I was finally diagnosed with costochondritis. I was given naproxen which honestly didn't do a thing for me. The absolute best thing that got rid of this for me was to get a heating pad (not the ones that you put in the microwave) but the one that you plug in, one that can give you constant heat. The trick is to use it for many hours a day... I'm talking about 8 hours a day. It took a good couple of weeks, but it worked for me.

Comment from: sweetwun, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 16

I was in hospital for an unrelated issue and after a week l began to experience right chest wall pain. My doctor ruled out any problems but said l had costochondritis. A month later l still have pain which is now unbearable. He said to apply heat and take Advil. I use a walker temporarily and think the cause of my costochondritis is tightening my arms. I read that excessive use of arms can cause this. Looking for ways to manage pain besides heat. Thanks!

Comment from: MercyRogi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I was just diagnosed with costochondritis a few days ago. Same as others, I had chest pain to the point I thought I was having a heart attack, which also made my anxiety go through the roof! I went to the emergency room and EKG blood and chest x-ray said I was fine. That’s when the doctor said it was costochondritis, brought on by a stomach virus I had. So besides taking Aleve I wonder what else I can do when it flares. Besides the pain it does still gives me a bit of anxiety even though I know what’s wrong.

Comment from: Snipper, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 19

I recently took Cipro for diverticulitis. On the 7th day of treatment I began to experience pain on the left side of my upper sternum. This had happened several years ago when costochondritis previously appeared and gradually disappeared. This time the pain is intermittent but more intense and I also feel it in my spine. Neither my doctor nor my cardiologist ever mentioned the possibility that Cipro could cause costochondritis. I am using heat, ibuprofen and avoiding lifting. I hope it helps.

Comment from: Georgie , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

I know how you feel and I know you can feel hopeless and desperately anxious sometimes. The way that I have been dealing with my costochondritis is not just a simple one thing, it's my whole lifestyle, mindset and getting the little things right. I wake up in the morning, do my Backpod which opens my chest and I feel better breathing. I do meditation while I stretch my spine and ribs with the Backpod - it is great. I then have my vitamins, C and B, iron, zinc and have a healthy breakfast.

Comment from: Ryry, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 02

I've had costochondritis for over 14 years, caused, I suspect, by being crushed at a rock concert. I have had 3 major instances which sent me to the hospital, and countless intermittent occasions where pain has been severe. Ibuprofen and heat pads offer some relief, however NSAIDs are not good long term. I found sleeping on my back helped with flare-ups, as it took the pressure off the rib cage. My issue is that I suffer from severe palpitations whilst the condition is flaring. No fun at all.

Comment from: Ann, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

I was diagnosed with costochondritis in 1990. I use diclofenac and Plaquenil daily. Mine is chronic with pain fluctuating from 3 to 7. I exercise 5 times a week; treadmill, hiking, Pilates, and weights. Exercise has helped tremendously. Although, sometimes it is necessary to adjust the routine and length. I do avoid running, bending over while sitting, heavy lifting, and lying on my stomach. I am 65 with a family history of autoimmune disease. I was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia 4 years ago.

Comment from: Chanice, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 04

I have had several trips to the hospital were they've done heart tests, x-rays and blood test all of which have come back normal. I have been diagnosed with costochondritis which has been ongoing for about 8 months now. I still suffer every day. I get pains in both sides but a lot more in the left side. Also the pain radiates to my back, my shoulder, my neck, and my breast. It first started in my chest which I was mistaking for a heart attack because the pain was so bad. I have not found anything that really helps.

Comment from: Molly, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

An acute attack of costochondritis came on suddenly 9 years ago and I ended up in the emergency room (ER) with hours of incredible pain. After all usual tests to rule out cardiac problems a smart doctor's instincts led him to squeeze my chest. My outburst confirmed his suspicion. The ER gave me a NSAID shot that gave relief in 5 minutes, prescribed diclofenac tablets for arthritis in my hands and the costochondritis and they worked well for months until I developed an allergy and broke out in hives. Now I take naproxen when needed, which works well.

Comment from: Ash, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

I've been dealing with costochondritis since October. I'm also having swollen lymph nodes (neck and armpits). I wonder if anyone else has experienced swollen lymph nodes with costochondritis.

Comment from: Jean, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I have been living with costochondritis for over 10 years. It flares up intermittently. It took many visits to doctors and specialists to diagnose. They simply did not know what was causing the pain. It started with a dull pain in my 4th frontal right rib. Applying pressure to the area sent me through the roof. I eventually ended up at a physiotherapist, initially to treat my lower back spasms but she ended up diagnosing my costochondritis and treating it with muscle release massage.

Comment from: Emma, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I have had costochondritis for around three or four years now and I try to keep it in check with Tiger Balm. Thankfully it's been working so far.

Comment from: Ann, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 27

I have been dealing with costochondritis over a year now. I am very thin and athletic so this pain has nothing to do with a weight problem as it happens to all sizes. I have found what the cause of this pain or inflammation is and it's no wonder doctors have no idea what is causing it as no medicine will be able to cure it completely! It's your mattress or the way you support your body when lying down! Support it like a pyramid of pillows I guarantee you, you will wake up refreshed! It's a trial and error kind of situation but once you find what number of pillows underneath you works, then you are on your way to sleeping, but better than that waking up with no or very little pain!

Comment from: Kelly , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I wonder if any of the ladies with costochondritis had any history of ovarian cysts. I had severe costochondritis and had about 8 operations to remove ovarian cysts. If you google link between ovarian cysts and costochondritis you find many people who do indeed have both, which makes me think there is definitely a link here. Might help stop this as there is currently no cure for costochondritis.

Comment from: Chica13, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

My costochondritis symptoms started two weeks ago. I thought I had pulled a muscle during a particularly hard abdominal workout session. My stomach was hurting but I have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome). So two days ago I figured out what it is and on the advice of this website, and I tried ibuprofen. Like magic! Yay, hoping this is the end as I hate missing exercise and meals.

Comment from: Maria80386, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 02

I woke up from a surgery screaming in pain. Lots of painkillers and tests later, it was diagnosed as costochondritis. I had ice, heat, Toradol, lidocaine patches, muscle relaxants, steroid injection(s), and rest until the acute pain settled. Then a very annoying slow return to movements involving the rib cage. It resolved, until recently where a surgery laid me flat for six months. I helped push a shopping cart through a store, and by the time I got home costochondritis was back. I started with the Toradol, ice on the back, and heat up front. Things are starting to feel a lot better. Tomorrow I will call my doctor for a steroid dose pack.

Comment from: Kazza69, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I just searched on YouTube how to fix (most) costochondritis and Tietze’s syndrome. There is a part 1 and part 2. I've had costochondritis for 5 years and am now pain free thanks to this guy, it is standard practice in New Zealand and seems to be a mystery condition elsewhere. I purchased the Backpod and have been amazed at the results. It has worked for me so just want to tell as many people as possible who have this awful, painful condition. Hope this helps.

Comment from: Mathieu, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 13

I tried Voltaren Emulgel 2 times a day directly on the sternum area and I found it just makes the sharp pain disappear. It was a great relief for costochondritis.

Comment from: SueB, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I dropped from 0.1 to 0.05 mg on my estrogen patch and the costochondritis pain went away within the week. Prior to that I got some relief from posture support straps, not doing too much lifting or strenuous arm activity. NSAIDs were causing me stomach pain so I tried turmeric as a natural remedy and I believe that helped some too.

Comment from: nb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 04

I went to the emergency room with the concern I may be having some heart issue. There I had an EKG, x-ray, and pressure exam on my rib cage. I was told it was costochondritis. The doctor gave me a prescription for Ibuprofen for the inflammation and pain. When I got home, the pain continued so intense I couldn't rest. Finally, I got a heating pad placed it on my chest and soon began to feel some relief. Although the weather is hot, I'm willing to sweat some so I can get the relief from the pain.

Comment from: Lesley T., 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I have had chest pain for several years now and have been recently diagnosed with costochondritis after numerous EKGs, echo cardiographs and hospital visits. However I have found a semi-cure or preventive. These past two years I have been lifting weights and building muscle in the chest area. This I found to reduce the chest pain and reduce the duration. I also use or was given lidocaine patches and a topical lotion to help with the pain. Since I have been building the muscle in my chest I noticed the area in which you press down on to agitate the chest pain, has gotten smaller. I hope this helps those who are suffering from this.

Comment from: edurman, Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I developed costochondritis while serving in the Army. After I retired in 2013 it flared up so bad that I could not do anything. I had cortisone shots in my chest, two shots in my neck and shoulder where the pressure points are. I was sick from December until January. My doctor sent me to a pain management specialist. He started giving me intercostal nerve block with a prescription for narcotics. At first I needed the narcotics, but now the medicine from the nerve block kicked in and I have never felt better. I am on my 2nd intercostal nerve blocker. I am back to running again.

Comment from: l, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I have costochondritis. I did not realize it at the time that I had gone for my monthly visit to my chiropractor. I was having exactly the same symptoms as everyone else, pain under my rib cage, very tender to touch, and swelling, and was afraid that it could be a heart condition. I have been applying ice on my chest every hour for 10 minutes and it has improved but I must continue with the ice. I have not taken any pain pills or anti-inflammatory medicines. Heat did not work for me, the only medication I took was Tylenol.

Comment from: Lenora, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I was told I have the condition Costochondritis almost two years ago. Bad flare ups will happen when I play sports, overdo it with lifting and other chores such as painting. Other than taking medications for pain and inflammation, what I find helps is not to sleep on the side affected, and try not to sleep on back or stomach. When sleeping on other side prop up your ribs with a pillow this will give them support throughout the night. I don't think it will ever really go away, just need to find ways to minimize the flare ups and pain.

Comment from: Years of this, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I first contracted costochondritis after a nasty bout of pneumonia and coughing heavily. This was in 1991. I have had flare ups ever since. The pain is so taxing I find it hard to concentrate. The only relief I ever found was to drink beer, which made me burp, which relieved the pressure for a short time. Now, I find that my costochondritis is actually worse, Tietze’s syndrome. My rib actually swells noticeably. I do find that fatigue brings it on more so than upper body movement. I'm going to try the lidocaine patches now.

Comment from: Kelly, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 06

I've suffered with costochondritis since I was about 10 years old. I've had mild attacks and I've had attacks where I've blacked out from the pain. I also get dizzy and have blurred vision with my pains. Over the years my best help has been rest, immobilization of my left arm, massages and also the help of breathing rubs such as Vicks and other oils, etc. This time I'm in my 30s and it’s now been 6 weeks of this occurring on and off, together with inflammation in my neck and shoulders. I've been put on steroids and painkillers, but they don't seem to be helping much. I hope this goes away soon as it is greatly affecting my daily life and that of my family.

Comment from: Mazry, Female (Patient) Published: July 25

For the past few weeks I have been experiencing what I have been calling chest pains. I would grip under my left breast at the top ribs and hold my breath until the pain went away. The pain would come and go often throughout the day. Sometimes staying longer than the last "episode". It was also causing me to have panic attacks as I was convinced that I was having a heart attack. I went to the doctor and they did an EKG and all was normal. She gave me an antidepressant and sent me home. Not being sure about my health care visit and the lack of an official diagnosis I continued to panic and feel as if I was going to have heart attack or stroke. One night I was home alone and I felt the pain and I then went in to a full blown panic attack and called my brother to take me to the ER. I was convinced I was dying. My left arm went numb, hard, and cold. I didn't just think I was dying- I KNEW I WAS DYING. I went to the ER. I actually felt better and wanted to leave the waiting room and go home as the pain had subsided. But I knew I needed to stay and figure this out. They did a CAT scan and there were no blood clots and everything looked fine in there. No Pneumonia, no collapsed lung, nothing. Even the rib that was extremely sore was just fine. They then diagnosed me with costochondritis. I left feeling much better knowing that my heart was good and I was not knocking on heaven’s door. I have been treating myself with a heating pad on my back as I feel some pain in my back now. I have been taking Advil as I cannot take steroids. It has been 2 days since the ER and since I started treating myself with anti inflammatory. So I am still having these pains.

Comment from: Angus, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 12

I've had costochondritis for about 5 years now, and almost every day I feel at least a bit of pain. At first it was really bad, I thought I was having heart attacks, and I went through all the usual tests, etc. Anyway, now it's manageable, purely due to ginger and turmeric capsules I make at home. I take 2-3 a day and drink a shot of noni juice. I swear by this, any one struggling with it, try doing the same. So much better than taking ibuprofen every day; that stuff is full of toxin you don't need.

Comment from: Ladyblue41, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

When costochondritis 1st hit me years ago it felt like and still feels like something is pushing on my ribs from inside, behind them. I had been hurting about a week and when I barely leaned over my bed to pick up a shirt my left ribs broke right then. Now years later my right ribs are broken. I also have swollen lymph nodes in my neck, which is new. This absolutely drives me crazy! Motrin also helps me better with the pain than a pain pill from the doctor.

Comment from: Jimbo, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 22

I had costochondritis for about 4 months. It never goes away. I take 800 mg ibuprofen and use a heating pad. Doctors don't know much about this. I suffer with it daily.

Comment from: Kitty, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I had a bout of costochondritis when I was 16 or 17, and now much later I'm having another. Not finding much relief from anything except night time Tylenol to actually get some sleep. It is hard because I have to work. I did see someone comment about a possible connection to ovarian cysts, I've had 5 or 6 surgeries removing them, so it is at least some sort of correlation in myself as well. I just hope it goes away, I don't know how people can live a year or more with the pain and discomfort.

Comment from: Phebe, 35-44 (Patient) Published: August 14

I was diagnosed with Tietze syndrome and costochondritis. I have it since about 7 or 8 years. I get tender chest wall pain, rib pain, sore tense muscles in my neck, upper back and rib cage. I was prescribed many pain killers and muscle relaxers over the years. I often get a flare up that lasts a few days, a week or so, I think longest was 2 weeks. I used think it was because of my asthma which probably didn’t help. I don’t know if it is the case with anyone else, but I tend to fall sick or get flare up when I am really stressed. I also suffer with anxiety which doesn’t help.

Comment from: KMGfibro, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 11

Yes, I too get very tender lymph nodes on collar bones, sides of breasts and under arms. It results in double the amount of pain. Massaging my ribs and lymph nodes seems to help a little with the costochondritis.

Comment from: Leon, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 02

I have had costochondritis for about 2 months now. You have to attack it like any other cold or virus, it's similar to arthritis. I've been taking Tylenol for arthritis and it helps out 85 percent but I break it in 3 bits, I take one in the morning, 1 in the afternoon and one at night. And buy a heating pad. I get no more flare-ups for about two weeks now so I think it is working but the heating pad I think is more of the therapy for this chronic illness.

Comment from: at a loose, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 16

Finally a physician’s assistant (PA) on 11th July 2018 indicated costochondritis and recommended I decrease my daily exercise routine. The PA said to follow up with the primary care physician the following week. Primary doctor was no help, not interested, but did prescribe more diabetic medicines. I visited the cardiologist this week and discussed. PA was not qualified to diagnose, only she could diagnose but since pain existed before triple pass in November 2017, she wasn't interested even in looking at the chest area. She recommended to start my daily exercise again!

Comment from: erksomewarrior, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 22

My costochondritis is triggered by Sjogren’s syndrome; triggered by lupus. It radiates from the sternum and ribs through to the back bone under the armpits and neck into the lower and upper jaw. It improves by sitting still, warmth applied to the back, and breathing shallow. It happens about once every six months and starts with Sjogren’s general flare with dry orifices, cramps in toes and feet and fingers; also very blurred vision occurs. I am wiped out after it happens, I rest in a dim room for a few hours.

Comment from: Chris, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 01

Oh my word. I have been reading other people's experience with costochondritis. I am truly shocked. Last year, I noticed that bras were bothering me. It didn't make sense. So, I began going braless even though it's against dress code at work. Next thing I knew, I began having pain in the rib cage area. My primary care physician pressed on 2 areas under my breast and I nearly went through the roof. I already had an appointment with a pain specialist due to arthritis and he diagnosed me with this condition. I did receive 1 series of injections and they helped for about a week. Then I had another series of injections last week and the pain is way over 10 right now. I have errands to run and the pain is over the top. The only relief I get is lying down. I have Voltaren gel. Pain relievers do not help neither do narcotics. I have been reading where others are using a heating pad and I am willing to try anything. I called the pain doctor and I'm waiting to hear from him. This is extremely debilitating and I am unable to function.

Comment from: me, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 15

My first costochondritis attack was when I was 14, I got kicked in the chest by a horse. It was long (approximately 2 weeks) before I started to have chest pains. At the time my mom and dad thought I was just trying to get attention because I was the 4th child out of 5. Years went by, and my nephew (my sister’s boy) started having attacks in high school (16). They did all kinds of tests, and after all these years my parents realized there was something going on. I was very athletic in high school as my nephew was. I learned how to live with it every day; some attacks are worse than others. The only fear I have is I will have a heart attack and pass it off as one of these and heart disease runs in both sides of my family. I hope I never have to find out. I had a little attack today and my co-workers pretty much freaked. The worse is when I wait for days off before going to the doctor and all he can do is give my hydrocodone and I hate that medicine, makes me feel drunk all the time. Thank goodness it has been a couple of years now that I had to take something for it. My leg does not work well and my left arm might as well be amputated on some of these attacks.

Comment from: Abigail, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 29

I was diagnosed with costochondritis, in the emergency room. Like most of you I thought I was having a heart attack. I had an EKG, blood work and x-ray. That's when they diagnosed me. Before this happened, I had never heard of this condition. They said it was not life threatening, but as we know, it hurts (a lot). After 3 weeks my pain subsided, with aspirin and heating pads. But now it is back, and the pain radiates to my back. Now I'm thinking the worst, if this is lung cancer. My doctor will not give me a CAT scan. I am in pain, my anxiety is high, and I can't do the things I once enjoyed. Hope my story helps someone. While the doctors do not take us serious we know it hurts.

Comment from: brimac, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 27

I am a 57 year old male who has had costochondritis going on since October 2014, starting with chest pains and shortness of breath. I was admitted into Accident and Emergency as my oxygen levels had dropped and I fainted. ECGs, x-rays and blood work were all clear. Anti-inflammatory medicines caused stomach issues which took two months to clear. I am now waiting for a CT scan. Each doctor seems to have a different diagnosis and a different treatment. In the meantime I can’t exercise, stretch, cough, sneeze or laugh. Wonderful, isn't it!

Comment from: Nanny, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

About a year ago I started having back spasms and pain in my back, then it started moving around my side, and then to my breast bone. The pain was horrible. I went 5 or 6 times to the emergency room and doctor visits, no one had a clue. I couldn't do anything, not even lie down. I would walk around till the pain was so bad, then I took pain pill, it didn't help much but at least it let me sleep. A friend of mine who is a nurse asked me what was going on and I told her; my symptoms were the same as costochondritis, so I told my doctor and all they could give is Lortab. So today after months of the worst pain gone, it is back little by little. I hate this.

Comment from: srefa, 35-44 (Patient) Published: April 14

I was diagnosed with costochondritis and prescribed with Motrin to take 3 to 4 times a day. I was feeling better. But suddenly after 2 months I am suffering again.

Comment from: veg954, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

The only thing that helped the severe pain of costochondritis was morphine, IV fluids and nothing by mouth for three days. All tests were negative. Another thing that gave me some relief was lying on my stomach with three pillows under the abdomen. So grateful it is finally gone!

Comment from: memaw62, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I believe my most recent occurrence of costochondritis was due to an infection, as it was only finally mitigated by serious antibiotics for an apparent ecoli infection that I may have picked up while traveling to Europe. The infection was apparent from my white blood count that was triple the normal count. The infection may have also caused a bout of diarrhea, which occurred just prior to the onset of severe pain on the left side of my rib cage. I remember having this same pain on several previous occasions. These earlier occurrences may have been due to less serious infections, such as bronchitis, the physical stress of chronic coughing, or even the physical stress associated with severe anxiety. Each time I went to the emergency room for this "chest pain" the doctors immediately went looking for a cardiac situation, which they never found. This last time, I described my "rib cage pain" so as not to trigger the "cardiac" response by the doctor. That worked. He was the one who first diagnosed my costochondritis.

Comment from: Skylark, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 30

I went to the emergency room yesterday for chest pains and was diagnosed as having costochondritis. I was prescribed 50mg Prednisone (Deltasone) - 5 tablets, to take 1 per day. These are steroids. The doctor told me that my rib had a viral infection and that the pain radiated outward from the rib, causing pain in my shoulder and neck. He also prescribed Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab, Norco), to help me sleep. I am in perfect health and take no medications. I had not been sick at all before this condition. Age 62.

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

I've had breast surgery (cancer). I have flare ups of this nasty costochondritis. Wonder if there is anything I can do to relieve the pain. I have need of an expander and I have broken ribs in the back of my rib cage due to a fall.

Comment from: Lindsey , 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 21

I wonder if anyone has had a damp and moldy house and suffered costochondritis. I'm not sure if this is what has caused it and just wanted to see if anyone else has this condition. Since we moved in our flat we have had coughs, colds and generally unwell, just need some help.

Comment from: geophysicus, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 07

Fifteen months ago I developed chest pains after playing squash. I went to the emergency room and they diagnosed costochondritis. I went back 3 days later and stayed in hospital for 8 hours of EKGs. Again I was diagnosed with costochondritis. Ten days later I had a major heart attack. But guess what, I do actually have costochondritis as well (I think). The symptoms and pain may seem similar when you describe them but having had both, there is no similarity at all.

Comment from: Bev, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I took Cipro and Levaquin, and am falling apart. I was healthy and now have been diagnosed with costochondritis. I broke my tendons in my arm and Achilles tendon. This type of antibiotic destroys your life. If you’ve taken these drugs, you will notice a lot of health problems. My life is ruined!

Comment from: iggam, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I have not been diagnosed yet but by reading this I think I know what it is. I have had pain in my right rib, just below my breast. It is an ache and sometimes a sharp pain. I have had x-rays, CT and an MRI to see what is wrong. Nothing showed up on anything, but the pain continues. I just now heard about costochondritis. I have had this since I had pneumonia in October 20013. I have other issues with bones, so I have been taking other medications for that. So I will bring this up to my doctor next time I see him. Thank you all for your account of this.

Comment from: Gina f., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

I had a quadruple triple bypass 14 months ago. I had on going pain in my chest and left sided pain in my ribs. Thinking it was because of the bypass I thought all would have to get better as time goes by. After my bypass I was discharged from hospital with a gastrointestinal (GI) bleed. I did mention this to the cardiologist but he insisted that it was from the iron tablets. Twelve hours after being discharged I was rushed to another hospital where I had to have a blood transfusion because of the GI bleed. Today I still get chronic pain in my chest and the left side of my body, neck and arm. After being taken to the emergency room several times with all tests being negative I was diagnosed with costochondritis. But, besides the pain which I have every day I cannot take anti-inflammatories because of the GI bleed.

Comment from: Shannon S, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 02

I was diagnosed over a year ago. Although the pain is dull and noticeable, it is not debilitating.

Comment from: Gay, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 16

I have been treated for costochondritis for the last 24 years after having cervical rib removed on left side of my neck. They cut my neck and my chest wall to do surgery and I have been suffering with costochondritis ever since. I have cortisone injections at least 3 times a year and this gives me instant relief.

Comment from: gloria, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 02

I strained my right rib by transferring a patient from a chair back to the bed. This was in 2010. And I am still suffering right rib pain. I can’t bend or twist without feeling like I’m getting a spasm.

Comment from: Costo, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 18

My costochondritis started when I had a severe stress attack. I immediately thought I was having a heart attack and drove myself to the ER. After all the blood work, EKGs, and X-rays, I was diagnosed with indigestion. I went home thinking I had a diagnosis. The very next morning I woke up with the same pain. After visiting numerous visits to the doctors, I found out that costochondritis was the name.

Comment from: Veronica, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 29

I had, sometimes dull and sharp, pains in my breast for approximately 3 weeks. These pains were off and on during the course of the day. I went to see my doctor to have a breast examination. During the exam she pressed on a certain area of my breast and I felt a pain that was so tender to touch. I was diagnosed with costochondritis and prescribed with Motrin 800mg to take twice a day.

Comment from: lr, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

I was diagnosed with costochondritis today. I also went to the ER with chest pain, as I thought I was having a heart attack. The pain was so severe it put my heart in distress and showed up on the EKG. I suffered with this for f4 months. Every test came back negative. My doctor finally referred me to a chiropractor. He told me my ribs were out of place and it was going to take a few months to get better. I am taking ibuprofen and using ice packs. Little by little I am feeling better.

Comment from: Cheri, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I am still suffering with costochondritis since last year. I have been on and off prednisone and I get frequent cortisone shots in my sternum. I have also fractured two ribs in my sternum.

Comment from: jo b, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 09

I stared having terrible pain in my chest area after having an echocardiogram. The tech really tried to get in between my ribs even though I kept telling her she was hurting me. After the test, my doctor said my ribs were bruised. This took place in May. I am still suffering. My lung doctor said my sternum was bruised. Knowing now what is wrong helps. I cannot wear bras that have snaps, so I wear loose gym-type bras. I cannot work in my yard without pain.

Comment from: vanessa, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

Having costochondritis is life-wrecking. Ehen the pain starts, you cannot move or do anything.

Comment from: JenFL53, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I have been battling costochrondritis for about 10 years. During the first year, I tried all OTC meds, but nothing worked. Finally during an intense flare-up, I went to the E.R. My EKG was normal and they diagnosed me with indigestion and gave anti-acid meds, which did not work. Later my PCP diagnosed me and put me on Mobic. It did work as long as I did not consume caffeine.

Comment from: Irish, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

My pain flares up and I end up in emergency thinking I have had a heart attack. I was told it is costochondritis. I also have osteoarthritis. I find stress will flare it up. I have not had bad attack for two years now.

Comment from: Jenny, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

I was diagnosed with costochondritis several weeks ago. I thought it was job stress but the pain did not subside. Finally, I went to the doctor and my blood pressure, which is normal shot up. Now, I'm taking an anti-inflammatory medication. Also, my doctor advised me to eat a low sodium diet and lose ten pounds. I am very careful what I eat. It is scary but my tests for my heart are normal. So, the best medicine for me is to relax. It it is good that there are other people sharing their story.

Comment from: Jenn q, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 31

I was diagnosed 17 weeks ago with chostochondritis. I'm 32 and I now live on Arthrotec, pain killers, toradol, and anxiety medication. I have had numerous visits to the ER when I can't breathe at night or when my meds don't want to work. I just want this to go away and to start living again.

Comment from: kl, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 06

I had the flu real bad twice this past season, with the worst coughing I had ever had in my life. I got over the flu but my chest was racked from the coughing. It never started to feel better as a matter of fact it started feeling worse. It did cause anxiety and did end me up in the hospital where the doctors checked my lungs and heart and found I was A-okay in that department and release me with a bunch of Tylenol 3s that didn't help me at all so after another 3 weeks of suffering super bad like pain level 9s at times I went to see this 81 year old family doctor who pushed on the center of my chest and asked if it hurt which it did a little and said I probably have costochondritis and then he gave me a script for Celebrex 200s and after the first pill I started to feel better today, day one. Hope this helps.

Comment from: massageye, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 25

I get costochondritis symptoms from tension and stress, but sometimes also after yoga classes when I participate in postures with my head down and breathing deeply. I also swell in my face and get an itchy head from being face or head down during yoga or massage. Heart problems have been ruled out, but I have lots of tender spots in my chest, especially on the left near the sternum. Remembering to breathe and chiropractor treatments have been my ways of coping, and having some heat or even a friend's hand on my heart area is very soothing. Nice to know this condition has a name.

Comment from: Bess, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 24

I was diagnosed with costochondritis 4 days ago. I had had a bad fall that crushed my chest so I thought I had cracked a rib. After a few days the pain suddenly became much worse, I couldn't breathe deeply, cough, sneeze or even laugh without a piercing pain. Io I saw my doctor who diagnosed this. I was already on Morphine for my back so she doubled the dose. I am now taking the maximum NSAID's and maximum paracetemol, so all this should help.

Comment from: newlysmom, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 14

I went to doc thinking I had stomach problem. After two CT scans, an MRI, and several other tests and ending up in the hospital for gastroenteritis from pain killers and pancreatitis from an allergy to CT scan dye, I finally found a doctor who diagnosed it as costochondritis. He gave me pain patches which have helped greatly.

Comment from: Marlene, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I started with costochondritis at the end of a bout with pleurisy. I went to the emergency room because I thought my lung had collapsed due to the pleurisy that didn’t want to go away. I swelled up all along a rib under my armpit to under my left breast. I couldn’t draw air into that lung and the pain was horrible! They did an X-ray and EKG, which turned out fine! They said my pleurisy was pretty much cleared up and that I had costochondritis, and is usually caused by stress.

Comment from: mec87, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I was diagnosed with costochondritis today. The doctor put me on mobic for three weeks.

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