Does it hurt to breathe? Is your rib cage suffocating you?
Costochondritis is inflammation where the ribs join the cartilage that holds them to the breastbone (sternum).
I fondly remember thinking, holy cow why is this elephant stabbing me. It hurt so bad and I had no idea what to do. Like many I ended up in the emergency room and grateful to learn it wasn’t a heart attack. The pain caused by Costo is well known to mimic that of a heart attack. When I was at my worst flare the Costo just would not stop. I learned to “test” my pain to see if it was a true emergency or just Costo squeezing the breath out of me. I was told by my Cardiologist to press on the area that is hurting and if I can change the pain then it’s caused by the inflammation in my rib cage. I also started practicing deep breathing techniques to help maintain chest expansion.
What has been your experience with it?