To My Fellow Costochondritis Friends;
I live with episodes of intense, acutely severe rib and sternum pain and tenderness, also known as costochondritis (not really a diagnosis as much as its a medical term for the symptom). It gets so bad that sometimes I can't bear to even sit up or stand up straight. If I try to straighten up my chest, my ribs hurt to the point of being unable to breathe, so I wind up looking hunched-over, constantly holding my ribs. Although the tenderness is almost overwhelming, it seems to help when I "support" my ribs my wrapping my arms around myself. Doing so when my ribs hurt so badly helps me breathe better. The only other thing that helps ever so marginally is high moist heat. (very, very hot). I can't bear to wear a bra during these times. My question is to those of you that also deal with costo- how do you deal?? Is there anything else you do that seems to help you? I'd love to give anything a try, right now my ribs are so intensely achy and tender, and I can tell it's going to get much worse before it finally subsides (I get these "episodes" often). I can't take NSAIDS, so that option isn't available, and I'm intensely senstive to cold. I'm quite interested in knowing what others experience in regards to their rib/sternum pain - how does it feel to you, and how does it affect you? Is it like a crushing, intense pain that comes on acutely? Is the tenderness overwhelming? Do you experience any other symptoms with it? I don't know much about my costo, other than boy, does it hurt... I also don't know anyone who deals with this, and would really like another's point of view on this issue...
Thanks in advance for your story, I'd love to hear it!!!
Edited October 14, 2008 at 1:41 pm