Patient Comments: Costochondritis and Tietze's Syndrome - Treatments

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

Comment from: BarbBat, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 16

I have suffered with fibromyalgia, GERD, IBS and costochondritis/Tietze's syndrome for many years now. As others have been told, it never goes away and I also suffer episodes. I've had all of the normal remedies, which never worked. However, I have found something that seems to work for me, at least for the moment and that is black seed oil. I take it three times a day in juice (tastes terrible), along with evening primrose oil and fish oil. All of these are anti-inflammatory. Of course, I also take ibuprofen but since the oils, I have cut down considerably with the medicines. There is also a certain point in the attack at which stretching will help but you have to be careful, you have to know when because at the wrong time, stretching will make it worse. All that being said, the black seed oil along with the primrose and fish oils have seemed to help me the most.

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Comment from: jadedFangs, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

I was just diagnosed with costochondritis almost a year ago, and I have been on trazodone, tramadol, Ranexa, and prednisone. I am now on duloxetine, cyclobenzaprine, hydrocodone, clonazepam, and nabumetone, not much of them have worked much. I have had an EGD (scope of stomach) looking for acid reflux, GERD, and heart burn, none of those found except for a small major hiatal hernia. I had heart catheterization, the PFT (pulmonary function test, etc.), and lung test, lungs are healthy and so is my heart. So now I go to have a bone scan of sternum and ribs to see if there is more going on and they are putting me on a new medication next week. I do not wish this on anyone, it is very painful and for me therapy didn't work and most of the medicines aren't working either. I feel for those who have lived with this for a long time, I hope that one day we all can feel some kind decent relief.

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Comment from: diskatdreamer, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

I have had fibromyalgia for about 5 years and episodes of costochondritis for about 3 years. My first few episodes of costochondritis I was given prednisone, anti-inflammatory medicines and muscle relaxer. The first couple of episodes went away in about a week. Last year's episode lasted about six weeks (it felt like much longer). I'd start to feel a little better when taking prednisone 3 times a day but then would get worse when I cut down to 2 times a day. After a few rounds of prednisone and not feeling any better my doctor had my heart and lungs checked out and they were fine. I just had to keep doing the same old thing till I finally felt better. During this time I missed quite a bit of work (I would think I felt good enough for work, go in one day and be in pain and gasping for breath when I finished my shift as a nurse's aide). I am now three weeks into a new episode. I decided that I would stay home from work and just concentrate on taking my medicines and get plenty of rest and maybe I'd do better than last year. I am having the same problems as last year and now my doctor wants me to have a cardiac consult and won't sign the papers for short term disability so that I can at least get paid for some of my time off. I have gone to pain management and talked about changing the way I take some of my medications and start physical therapy on Monday. I'm also thinking of trying a chiropractor. I'm just so frustrated and would do almost anything to get rid of the dull aching pain and the struggle to take a deep breath. I'm stuck in a vicious circle of not wanting to go to work because I don't want to accidentally harm a resident because I don't feel up to par and having to go to work to keep my job and pay the bills. Thanks for letting me rant! My thoughts are with everyone who is also suffering with costochondritis.

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