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I have had costochondritis off and on for a couple months. Today it is back, but what I read online says that it is relieved by bending over. Mine gets worse when I breathe in while bending over or looking down. Has anyone else noticed this?

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I often get pain with deep breathing.

When this happens I generally find myself doing shallow breathing which is not good.

I had pulmonary function testing done and failed miserably.

That pain can be horrific. Hope you get feeling better soon.:wink2:
 

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Hi Lisa,

Are you sure you aren't getting confused with Pericarditis? That is relieved a little when bending over. I don't have Costochondritis, but most things I just read about it online said that the pain is worse when bending over.

I hope it goes away for you very soon, it doesn't sound like much fun :( :hugbetter:

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Hi Lily,

I read your reply and did a Google search and I have not found anything that says it is worse while bending over...can you pass along a link? I must be a terrible searcher :hehe:

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Hi,

I had trouble this time finding it, but then I tried searching using the term bending+chostochondritis (rather than the other way round :lol: )

Here's one link, there were quite a few and also first hand accounts from patients on health forums:

http://www.myelectronicmd.com/get_reference.php?Id=203

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Hi Lisa, you poor thing, i know exactly what you are going through! I have just come out of hospital after a 2 week stay and the diagnosis was costochondritis which inturn sparked a lupus flare, they increased my pred from 10mg to 60mg and was on a cocktail of tramadol, codeine, brufen, paracetemol aswell as my plaquenil, all this bunged me up so ended up with a catheter which inturn gave me a urine infection so was on i.v antibiotics!!!!
It came so out of the blue i have never had anything like it before and i thought it was all over but now am home and as i write the pain in my chest and upper back is awful, I cant seem to sleep either sometimes its pain but others is my eyes just dont want to close even though i'm relly tired, i dont know if this is a side effect of lupus or my fibro but its driving me crazy, i dont know how long it takes to recover from costo, do you? and does it change like this? yesterday i wasnt in as much pain as i am today,my gp is looking into morphine patches but with a six yr old to look after i am a bit dubious as i dont want to be spaced out ! I hope you start to feel better soon, keep positive honey.
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Hi Lisa,

Costrochondritis is inflamation of the rib joints (where the ribs join the sternum in the front or vertebral bones) so logically anything that causes movement of there joints will be painful. Coughing, deep breathing, picking up anything heavy, stretching etc will trigger the pain.

Have you got a good painkiller to help you at least sleep overnight?

Take care and I hope you feel better soon,

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Lily, thanks for the link.

Carol, it sounds like your is much worse than mine, I feel for you. I hope you feel better soon. Mine comes and goes and it doesn't really bother me when lying down, but if I bend forward, take a deep breath or yawn, I really feel it. I have no idea how long it lasts...mine has been intermittent for about 2 months now. Originally, I just thought I had sore muscles because I had moved at that time and was doing tons of lifting and cleaning...I don't have that excuse anymore.

Cath, I am lucky that it doesn't keep me up at night. The doc gave me anti-inflammatories, but stress does bring it on real fast.

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HI Lisa.

I am sorry to hear that you aren't feeling well, you are right - stress makes everything worse. If only we could stay away from it.

I hope that the anti inflams work for you and that it continues to get better.

I would say stay stress free, but I know, hard to do under some circumstances. So with that said, take a breather for just you. Pamper yourself.

Hope you feel a little better each day.
 
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