Never heard of it, eh? Well, be thankful! This is one of those parties you don't want to be invited to.
Costochondritis is primarily inflammation where your ribs and cartilage meet your sternum.
It causes intense pain that is often mistaken for a heart attack and can flow into your back as well. I should know. Four years ago I was rushed to the ER for that very reason. My left arm was numb. My chest feel like it was going to explode. I couldn't breathe very well.
After numerous tests, everything pointed to this awful syndrome. Treatment? Take some Advil and get over it. Well, wouldn't it work out just dandy that I found out I was preggers with #1 a week after my ER visit?
I've dealt with the pain ever since. There is no treatment. There is no cure. There is no known cause. In most cases, the pain is supposed to go away after a few weeks.
It's been 4 years-and pregnancy makes it 100x's worse. Today has been a living hell. I can't sleep, nor get comfortable. I am trying everything not to bawl my eyes out, cause honestly-it's a waste of tears. I can't get any relief. Laying down, standing up-it all hurts. I caved and took some Tylenol-but it didn't do a thing. I've been off caffeine for 5 weeks-no help either.
All I have is prayer.
I am hoping to get my hands on a prenatal yoga DVD-I think it might help a bit. I've been doing all sorts of research lately-but everyone just points to taking NSAIDs, and that's just out of the question for me. I've heard of anti-inflammatory diets, and might dive into that option too.
This is another annoyance to add to that daily struggle list. I feel like a horrible mom, cause I can't even get on the floor and play with my babies. This isn't right.
Not trying to be a Debbie Downer...I just needed to vent. This had been the worst of the days and you know me-getting it out on paper helps...if even just emotionally.
Thanks for the rant!
PS. Has anyone been on the anti-inflammatory diet before? What did you think?