Thanks for that confirmation. My last rheum. appt. I told my dr. that even my ribcage was stiff and sore, this was before the hospital trip. He did tell me that it that it did happen, although we never talked about cosotchondrits. I seem to notice it also on my ribcage in back, right about level with my sternum. Makes it hard to get decent rest at times. That and all the other added symptoms. Thank you for taking time to message, I am at work feeling kind of crapy (but not bad enough to go home) and I appreciate the conversation.
My husband came up with the name, after listening to me rave about one of the latest gadgets I had to have. I think my grandson is going to follow in my footsteps. He is only 5 and already has a good collection!
Yes, I get pain not only in the sternum, but I also get it under the very bottom front rib on both sides. If you decide to try naproxen, be sure to take it with some food in your stomach, as it can irritate the stomach lining when taken alone. For me, it works better than tylenol or ibuprofen. Costochondritis hurts like hell, but it's a very benign condition. There are no lasting or life threatening problems with it, it's just a pain, literally!
PS-I like your username!
Thank you for this info! When it happend the first time, I was definilty scared, and so was my husband. It certainly brought a "reality" to the auto-immune diagnosis!
I haven't tried Naproxen yet for this, I have been taking Tylenol and Ibuprofen in small doses. I didn't even think about heat for it. I mostly just sleep half sitting up but I will definitly try this. I have been fairly stressed these past few weeks and several symptoms have been flaring so I am grateful for any relief for any of them (other than "just don't stress" ha ha). I do have a question though, does your pain/inflamation affect more than just the sternum area?
I'm Rob, one of the Moderators here at WHL. I was reading some older posts and noticed that you have been dealing with Costochondritis. I have this too, and sometimes it's quite painful. I found that using a gel hot-pack on the affected area of my ribs really helps, and I also take the NSAID Naproxen Sodium (Aleve) when it acts up, and the two things combined do make a real difference in the pain level and duration. It scared the heck out of me the first time it happened. Like you , I thought I was having a heart attack or something.
Hope this helps,