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still not feeling well seems like something new everyday.chest pains are still diagnosed as costoechondritis?very painful and uncomfortable!Any suggestions besides rest?I guess my gp is having a phone confrence w/my rh today to try and figure out what to do about me will anyone ever have the answer???tired and fed up they increased my cell cept to 1500 mg a day what next more pills??sorry so deppressing any one have any advice???:unsure:
 

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You could try prednisone, or NSAID pain medication. There are also physical therapy exercises (and even breathing exercises) that can be done but usually you'd want to wait to do those until you're not in so much pain. I suffered from that for a few months myself and it could be pretty intolerable. I did a lot of rest, and also tried some ice packs too.

Best wishes this eases for you soon, some way or another!
 

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already on prednisone just about done a 40 mg taper on ten tomorrow had them all along but not as worse when on the higher doses.
 

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its chronic hey i hate it, had it that bad last xmas i was on pred, but my dr gave me tramadol and diazapam to help me and it did ,well made me sleep lots anyway which wasnt a bad idea, in least i was out of it

take care Lin xx
 

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Christina,

You have my sympathies. I, too, have had costochondritis and it is been since June with no relief. The doc just tells me that it is nothing serious and it will go away on its own. I see my rheumy at the end of the month, so I will be talking to him about it too. There has to be something they can do. It really is no fun. I hope you feel better soon!

Take care,
Lisa
 

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I have dealt with the dreaded costochondritis for the most part of the past two years:(. In my experience, upping the prednisone will buy a little relief. Personally, I wasn't satisfied with that, so on my last appt. I asked my Dr. about the "Flector" patch. It is an NSAID patch that you put on the sore spot for 12 hrs.. The medicine is absorbed through your skin, so I can use it, where as I couldn't take oral NSAIDS due to severe GI distress. I love this patch, it really does help:). It may be something for you to look into and maybe ask your Dr. about. It is my understanding that this has been available in Europe for several years now, but has only been available in the United States since January 08'
 

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I to am having problems in this area, I am waiting to hear from my rheumy
about a possible injection in the area where the pain is the worst,right
at the sternum. We have tried everything and so far nothing is working
and the pain is spreading around the right side of my ribs and i am having a
really hard time getting my breath.
Hope we find something that works for all of us soon.
bamagirl79
 
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