I was diagnosed with costo in late February after walking pneumonia. Along with the sternal/rib pain on the front, I get mid back pain. Had a chest xray to diagnose the pneumonia--clear other than that. The coughing has long since resolved. However, the back pain and, to a lesser extent, the sternal/rib pain on the front still is present though it varies in degree of pain. We did a follow up chest CT scan after 2 months of lingering pain... and increasing anxiety... which was clear. I tried the chiro but stopped that about a month ago after it didn't seem to be helping. I can feel discomfort anywhere from mid-back (rt side only) to rib/sternum joint (rt side only), right ribs, right side of neck. My doctor said to check back in 2-3 weeks. Any suggestions what to do next? I'm making myself sick with worry thinking something grander is wrong with me. Thanks in advance
I'm not a doctor but I too have costrochondritis. One thing to know is that anxiety makes your pain worse. Ibuprofen has done wonders for me. Other than that there, unless you feel your anxiety is so severe you need to consult with a doctor for something like an anti-anxiety medication, I don't believe there is anything else you can take for this. Relation is your best as long as all your other medical problems have cleared up. Staying calm, whether through music therapy, exercise or whatever you find works best for you should help with the pain. I hope it does.
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