I mentioned awhile ago that my right side hurts. Pretty much the whole surgical site of last year has been sore...sore....sore. My rib hurts, my chest hurts and the pain even goes into my back.
All I have been doing to feel better is to take Advil and try to not use my right arm. Easier said than done...Most mornings I had been in quite a bit of pain. Who knows, maybe I had been rolling over on it in my sleep?
Anyway, finally on Tuesday I gave up and went into town to the walk-in clinic. By good fortune, my family doctor was there. Yippeee, as he knows me and my history and I didn't have to do a repeat of all that has been going on with me medically in the last year.
He listened, examined and told me he was quite sure I have Costochondritis. Ever heard of it? No, me neither. Here's what the Mayo Clinic has to say about it:
Costochondritis (kos-toe-KHON-dri-tis) is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum). It causes sharp pain in the costosternal joint — where your ribs and breastbone are joined by rubbery cartilage. Pain caused by costochondritis may mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions.
Your doctor might refer to costochondritis by other names, including chest wall pain, costosternal syndrome and costosternal chondrodynia. When the pain of costochondritis is accompanied by swelling, it's referred to as Tietze syndrome.
Most cases of costochondritis have no apparent cause. In these cases, treatment focuses on easing your pain while you wait for costochondritis to improve on its own.
When I told the doc I had been working hard in the garden, harvesting everything and yanking out roots, he said "Well, that'll do it."
Yikes! Ah well....actually in the last couple of days I have been feeling better. This morning, for the first time in about 2 weeks, I was able to go down and take care of the laying hens. (Yes, I was that sore)
All I can do is keep taking the Advil for the anti-inflammatory, rest and try to not use my right side. Hopefully, it will go away soon and I'll be good as new!
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