I went to the emergency yesterday and I was diagnosed with Costochondritis after x-rays and blood tests. I had no idea what this was so I thought I would have a look into it. Everything I find talks about the chest pains I am getting, which is agonising at times, but I cant find anything about the other symptoms I am facing such as - coughing up lots of mucus, lots of wheezing and difficulty breathing and a runny nose .... is this normal symptoms to go with this?
The doctor at the hospital only gave me a doctors certificate for one day but I am in no shape to go back to work straight away which I thought was odd so off to the doctors to get another one.
You mention agonizing chest pains, but don't describe them. Depending on your age and other health factors, chest pains can be from the heart. But it is unusual for pains from the heart to be recurrent and agonizing. Your other symptoms sound like they are originating in your chest, particularly if you have wheezing. Runny nose and mucus don't suggest having to do with the heart. It seems to me that your symptoms call for a doctor's examination and putting everything together to make you feel better. So please do see your physician, and keep in mind that I am unable to diagnose medical conditions online.
You may have costos-chondritis. It's a condition that causes swelling and twisting of the sternum cartilages from over-stress due to exercise, hard hit or exertion to the ribs in the back or side. If xray, MRI, CT scans show nothing this could be the reason. I've had this condition since as a kid. Was pushed off a snow bank at 5yrs old and my lower chest/sternum/cartilages were pushed in causing huge amounts of pain. Now as an adult I have to see a chiropractor every 2-3 weeks to adjust the ribs in the back to reset the cartilage movement in the front. This eliminates the problem. The rib movement can cause the cartilage in the front attached to the sternum to "twist" thus causing a slight bump or swelling of the muscles to occur. Go see a chiropractor if all tests show nothing. That maybe your problem.
K, I see you did the tests and the result is costo-chondritis. See a chiropractor. Pain pills do nothing or any meds. It's a bone/muscle structural issue. Chiropractor will reset the ribs in the back aligning the cartilage attached to the sternum to become "straight". Unfortunately it's a life long condition because it is a physical/structural ailment not biological where meds can help you. If the condition gets worse, the pain can feel like a heart attack. I was diagnosed in emergency room as an adult. The doc said yes, the pain can mimic the feeling of a heart attack. Really it is the twisting of the cartilage attached to your rib. There are exercises you can do to ease the rib/muscle joints so they dont get "tight". It is when the muscles (between the ribs) and cartilage get "tight" from lack of movement/exercise that can inflame and cause the pain. As stated in previous post, I got it as a kid because I had a knock to the lower right chest sternum/cartilage area and never knew about this or how to reset it then. Had I known as a kid, I probably wouldnt have this condition today! Arghhh!!! Because as a kid, your bones are more malleable and can be easily reset whereas as an adult your bones, muscles, cartilage harden and "set" and takes much longer to reset or adjust by a chiropractor. Oh yea, easy to way to see if the ribs are "out" or moved out of place is use your finger and press your ribs in the front of chest individually. If you feel pain on certain rib(s) by your finger pressure then you need to see the chiro to reset them. He makes you lie down and cracks the rib joints in the back into place. You feel the effects immediately. You can breath much easier and the muscle pain from the cartilage twisting is gone!! If you have a severe case you may have to see the chiro several times and the muscles between the ribs may take 2-3 days to reduce from swelling. Hope this helps!
@Goldy87 No clue about your other chest/breathing issues. Are you a smoker?? Your issues sure sounds like someone who smokes. A bunch of tests done by a regular MD should trace the source of these symptoms. Good luck.
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