Costochondritis anyone?

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Costochondritis anyone?

Post by RValentine09 » Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:40 pm

A few days ago after climbing at the gym I got home and started noticing a dull pain on the left side of my chest near my heart. As the night wore on it got progressively worse and eventually began radiating through my entire chest and even into my neck, left shoulder and arm. Needless to say I was pretty convinced I was having some sort of major heart issue and I was this close to walking out the door to the emergency room. Glad I didn't make that expensive mistake.

Since then the pain has come and gone and after a few more nights of little sleep and reassuring myself that I wasn't going to keel over I was able to figure out that it all started at one very tender point in between my 3rd and 4th ribs where they connect to my sternum on the left side of my chest.

A little internet research led me to find a condition called costochondritis which is an inflammation of the cartilage where the ribs meet the sternum and is often confused with a heart attack. The shoe fits so without seeing a doctor yet this is the conclusion I've come to.

Basically wondering if anyone has experienced this or anything similar and if so how'd you work on treating and recovering from it?

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Post by dustonian » Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:58 pm

Hopefully you're right. However, I'm no doctor and the internet is no clinic, but it could still be acute angina secondary to myocardial ischemia. You need to get it checked it out ASAP if it happens again, or go now to be safe, especially if you are over 30-35 and have any risk factors.

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Post by cliftongifford » Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:12 pm

yep, same thing happened to me a year or so ago. although, i ended up in the ER. they ran a few tests and my heart was good to go... scary experience though, thought i was a goner.

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Post by KD » Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:48 pm

you really should go to a doctor if you are having chest pain.

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Post by mike_a_lafontaine » Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:43 pm

RValentine09 wrote:I was pretty convinced I was having some sort of major heart issue and I was this close to walking out the door to the emergency room. Glad I didn't make that expensive mistake.
Make a mistake in one direction, you're out a handful of cash. Make a mistake in the other direction, you're out a...well, you're just out. Better to err to the cautious side if you even suspect the ticker. While you may or may not be correct about the Costochondritis, I wouldn't wait too long to find out.

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Post by dustonian » Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:48 pm

Completely sad that the state of the healthcare system in this country consistently dissuades people from seeing a doctor just to make sure. Normal citizens of almost every other "first-world" nation wouldn't even bat an eyelash before going in to get it checked out. Does anyone else feel this is absolutely pathetic? There's a sort of nationwide collective denial in effect.
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Post by cliftongifford » Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:51 pm

it's good to have the peace of mind that everything's okay. it's not that expensive for them to run an ekg to figure out if you've had or have anything going on... it's much better than searching the internet for a diagnosis, and being wrong.

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Post by dustonian » Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:55 pm

Even Cuban and Thai citizens can go into a clinic and get worked up for chest pain without fear of financial devastation.

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Post by cliftongifford » Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:02 pm

dustonian wrote:Completely sad that the state of the healthcare system in this country consistently dissuades people from seeing a doctor just to make sure. Normal citizens of almost every other "first-world" nation wouldn't even bat an eyelash before going in to get it checked out. Does anyone else feel this is absolutely pathetic??
there needs to be something done, it is crazy to think how many people die each year from something preventable because they thought they couldn't afford to get things checked out. sad. we can definitely do better.

most people that don't have insurance qualify for financial assistance through just about every hospital i can think of, they just don't advertise it. it's the hassle of filling out the paperwork. if you're less than double the poverty level for your state, it's usually 100% write off.

as a health insurance agent, i can say that this is most of our problems are associated with insurance bs... profit.

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Post by pigsteak » Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:17 pm

free health care for everyone except the obese and smokers.
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Post by dustonian » Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:44 pm

pigsteak wrote:free health care for everyone except the obese and smokers.
Sweet, pass the blow, Ding Dongs, and Jack Daniel's!

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Re: Costochondritis anyone?

Post by KD » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:08 pm

Regardless of the cost and the politics - if you are having chest pains you should probably see a doctor

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Post by climb2core » Sun Jan 23, 2011 8:39 pm

Ok, just one more vote for get it checked out now. I have treated patients for costochondritis and it is a very painful condition that can take a long time to calm down. However, in none of the cases that I have seen has there been complaints of pain radiating to the neck and down the left arm. Angina with these other symptoms are a red flag that you possibly experienced some sort of cardiac distress. Please seek medical attention.

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Post by RValentine09 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:11 am

I plan on seeing a doctor this week for sure, however I'm 99% convinced this is not a heart issue after having done more research as well as isolating the pain to one specific place in my chest right on and between one of my upper ribs. The pain in my arm was more neck and shoulder tightness and since the first night I haven't really felt anything like that. I've learned that heat pads and hot showers seem to work really well to relax the area and the way I hold my shoulders especially when sitting seems to have both positive and negative effects on the things as well.

For anyone who has had or treated a similar chest injury do you have any information on what works best to heal not just treat the pain?

Thanks to everyone who chimed in. hopefully the doctor has good news.

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Post by Shamis » Mon Jan 24, 2011 12:10 pm

If you're over 35, go to the doctor. Otherwise your guess might be right, but I have no idea what to do for that.

I recently pulled my left pec and the pain radiated from deep within and I was pretty certain I was having a heart attack. It sucks knowing that going to the ER is probably a waste but you might die if you don't.

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