Patient Comments: Costochondritis and Tietze's Syndrome - Treatments

What was the treatment for your costochondritis and Tietze's syndrome?

Comment from: RAman, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 14

I have reactive arthritis, anskylosing spondylitis, and this. Probably related to the RA. I'm 25. I was diagnosed with RA at 20 and had to take a year off of school. I now have on and off days. Never can know when it is sore. However, it's moved into my chest. It's annoying to breathe. Best to take anti-inflammation drugs - naproxen is best for me. Best thing I did for RA - Lifting and building mass at the gym. I got serious with it. I wanted to build up and I did. At the same time the RA went away. However, Costochondritis has been aggravated by benching. Can't win at everything I guess.

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Published: November 21

I've had costochondritis since I was about 8 years old but I had no clue what it was. All I knew was when it hit I was immobilized. I couldn't move and had to take very shallow breaths. Crying made it hurt worse. I'm 29 now so it's apparently not going away anytime soon. Fortunately, the bouts are far and few between and don't last for more than 10 minutes. I was maybe 25 when I finally found out what it was. This one in particular was a real nasty one. I thought I might have been having a mild heart attack. My mother took me to the ER where I got my diagnosis, but they treated it like it was nothing and sent me on my way. No suggestions of relief were given. What I've learned is that mine flares up when I overexert myself (almost always at the gym). I could get a heating pad or take an anti-inflammatory but it hurts too much to move so I just wait it out in one position and concentrate on very shallow breathing. Hope this helps anyone out there with this. I know how horrible it feels.

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Comment from: Roc, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

I'm 68-years-old and I have been diagnosed with costochondritis. The attacks are random with no apparent trend. They last 10 to 15 minutes - thankfully they go away with pain medications.

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Comment from: Glenis, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

I have had costochondritis and now Tietize's disease for some time now. I was diagnosed with costochrondritis first then later was found to be Tietze's disease. My doctor prescribed indocin 75 mg. extended release and I cannot tell you how much better I feel. They say the indocin is hard on your stomach but I have had no problems with it. You might want to ask your doctor if he thinks this is right for you.

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Comment from: Jael, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 08

8 years ago after over a year of tests, scans, other diagnoses and treatments, eventually costochondritis was diagnosed within 10 minutes of seeing a pain consultant. The pain is extreme, specially after exercise, but never seems to have a direct cause. After years of all kinds of anti-inflammatories and painkillers, the only one that works is oxycontin - given to replace morphine. Am on the lowest dosage I can be but it works the best, allowing me to be active. Problem: the side-effects. I was told the condition would be lifelong, but am still praying it'll heal.

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Comment from: huskywalker, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 02

I was told I had tietze's syndrome, can't take ibuprofen because of high blood pressure pills. Co-codamol is a waste of time, tramadol doesn't work. I just want to be able to walk my dog, anyone tried acupuncture? 6 months now and I am really fed up.x

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Comment from: LoJo, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

To RAman: please get a Lyme disease test. In 1990, I was misdiagnosed as having early onset RA and suffered for months before I asked for a Lyme test, which was positive. I was given a 28-day round of IV antibiotics and only have minor joint stiffness as a result.

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Comment from: Wendy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I was diagnosed with Tietze's four days ago. Mine is thought to be as a result of radiation therapy for breast cancer. My main symptom was severe chest pain. It felt like a thick stake through the middle of my chest and sharp pain in my lower right ribs. I felt waves of nausea, too. I was checked for a heart attack during three visits over a four-week period, along with angina, and gall bladder and liver conditions. I had loads of blood tests. My oncologist felt sorry for me having pain for so long without knowing the reason. I am at work, but know I would be better off resting. But no work; no food! Heat packs, anti-inflammatories, and analgesics take off the edge for me. Good Luck to all.

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