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Hi all,
just wanted to ask about costochondritis to anyone who knows about it.Since yesterday I have had quite a lot of chest pain,mainly in the upper right part of my chest which is worse when breathing in.I don't know if it is costochondritis but it sounds like it might be from other posts I've read.It radiates up to the left side of my neck.This pain isn't excruciating but it's certainly not pleasant,does anyone get pain that radiates like that?thanks,
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Hi,

I'm not too sure on costochondritis I had pericarditis which was chest pain when I breathed in and was worse when I lay down?

Sorry can't be more help I'm sure someone will be able to help you.
It would be worth going to you GP first thing though.

I hope everything goes well for you, and you are feeling better soon.
 

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HI,
My GP told me not to ever hang about when it comes to chest pain but to call him straight away. When I had chest pain very badly it was a chest infection and the other time they put it down to lupus and pericarditis.
I really think you should call your doc tomorrow to be on the safe side. Does it get worse with activity? The chest infection pain did with me and I was pretty breathless.
I hope it eases off for you.
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If it radiates up to your neck this makes me think it might be nerve pain coming from somewhere... but I agree with the others that this really is something that should be brought to your doctors attention because there are a lot of possibilities and some of them are serious.

I've had costochondritis and pleuritis and the latter for me was more of a sharp pain like a knife which was much worse when breathing in (so it makes you deliberately choose to NOT take deep breaths). The costo pain was also pretty bad but more spread out. For me the costo pain was much worse with a sneeze or a cough as well... & relatively unaffected by breathing in.

So I'm really not sure if what you have fits with my experiences of my known causes of chest pain...

Let us know what you find out... take care!
 

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Hi julsie!

I'm sorry you are in pain at the moment..I agree you should see your doctor and get checked out.
I do get chest pain but more of a heavy type pain that causes my breathing to be shallow..this usually happens when I'm flared up.

please let us know how you get on
:hug: take care
love karen x
 

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Hi Julsie, sorry you are not feeling up to par,dear. I just Googled "costo" and
from what I understand, and mind you I don't understand much, the pain is centered more in the center of your chest, it's inflamation of the cartilage that
connects your ribs to your sturnum (breastbone). As far as I saw, the treatment,
after the dx, is rest. But if it were me, and I had chest pain, I would maybe let it go a day, depending on the pain level, then call a dr. Please be well.
 

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Hi,Thanks for the replies.The pain has eased of a lot now and I'm feeling much happier about things,plus I don't have to go back and see my awful doc again,yippee!
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Hello,
I too have been fighting costochondritis. I am a bit perplexed though. I haven't been officially beyond doubt diagnosed with Lupus as of yet. I have tests that fluctuate, no test is ever the same. Some are downright crazy. My soon to be ex rheumy thought it was fun, I was his little puzzle to try and figure out. I got tired of none of my pieces fitting. My primary doc is sending me to a specialist, he says it is Lupus and feels this new guy will be the one to figure this out. (Sigh) I hope so. The problem is the costo. I have had it for three weeks now but my sed rate was on the high side of normal. I had been taking up to 50 mg of Prednisone though when he tested me. Can lupus be at rest and you still suffer the malar rash, pain and costo? I am still waiting the x-ray results.
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If your sed rate was at the high end of normal while you were on 50mg of prednisone... then likely the prednisone is what caused it to be still in the normal range despite your symptoms. Fact is, you don't *need* an elevated sed rate to be in an active lupus flare. A high sed rate just provides further evidence that you're in a flare up of your disease.

Truly, lupus is active when you are feeling ill regardless of what any blood test results say.
 

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Maia;514052 said:
Truly, lupus is active when you are feeling ill regardless of what any blood test results say.
That is so true. Thanks for posting that Maia.

I am going through my worst experience with Lupus at the moment and my blood work is all good except for my white blood cells being up because of the high dose of prednisone. So, at first I'm afraid that the doctors don't believe me and I think I must be crazy or imagining my symptoms. But then, the fear moves to how do they know what to do if the blood test don't show anything? In the end, regardless of the blood work, something is going on. Thank goodness I have a good rheumy and he is treating me for my symtoms and not my blood test results. I can't say the same for other doctors I've seen though (e.g. emergency room doctors).

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hi hun...:wavesmile: i get it in my right at the back....feels like a knife ?!!.....doc gave me pain killers...but they dont do too much lol jane
 
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