So basically they told me I have costochondritis, that is the swelling of the cartilage of the conjunctions of your ribs to your breastbone. I have recently found a fellow sufferer Sarah (who found me through my blog but weirdly she’s friends at uni with one of my best friends!) who had this picture on her blog:
Yeh, so basically it hurts a lot. My point is though that once I was diagnosed at hospital they said my GP would deal with it….went to her, she told me to take 4 ibuprofen a day for 2 weeks, but after a week I started having stomach pains from this, plus it hadn’t been working, so I stopped. I have since seen her about it and get the same thing, just take ibuprofen. Since this isn’t very effective I just tend to grin and bear it, carry round ibuprofen gel everywhere, and that’s pretty much it. It’s now at the point where I have about 2 positions I can sleep in because everything else hurts, and I can’t have the duvet touch my ribs, it hurts. Having spoken to Sarah about it though I have discovered there are actually more options than this. She recommended ibutabs, which I’d never heard of, and you need to be referred for them, little chance of this with my doctor, hence why I want to change. Also she told me she has chronic costo, which I never heard of either, I was told mine was just an old injury flaring up (no idea what this injury was though?!), and now I’m pretty certain mine’s chronic too, so I’m hoping a new doctor will actually recognise it, a lot of them don’t or they think it’s something else since it mimics things like angina or heart attacks (yeh, that’s how painful it is). And the frequency of it has increased massively too, I’ve even had a minor attack of it while I’ve been writing this because of the position I’m sat in =(
Right, I’m sorry for all that! Obviously it’s a massive problem in my life and it needed sharing with all of you at some point, so there you go! At least now I can talk about it without future explanation (well, if you managed to read all that anyway, if you did, please tell me and I’ll give you an award or something =D). Also if you want to recommend me anything exciting on the internet or anything, please tell me because I’m bored, lonely and sad because I couldn’t see my sister!
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