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Does anyone else have problems with costochondritis? And back muscle spasms?

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  • LeslieM
    3 weeks ago

    I had my first bout of costochondritis around Christmas. I had an upper endoscopy for some stomach problems and I woke up with the pain. At first I thought it would resolve quickly since the GI doc said it would, but after 2 weeks of misery I had to go on prednisone. I started getting relief within 48 hrs of getting the meds. My GI doctor had no idea what PsA was and didn’t know how to treat me afterwards. Costochondritis is horrible, but I was able to get relief from the pain. I hope you do soon too.

  • Leanne Donaldson
    3 months ago

    Hello @colleen-m I am sorry that you are struggling with this- it is rough. In fact, I was having this yesterday myself (costochondritis). It is so difficult to figure out is the source of that pain is serious (heart attack!) or anxiety, chest pain, and on and on. I totally hear you! Plus, even if you figure out what it is, then you have to figure out how to treat it. Just another one of the gifts of life with PsA.
    However, I did find this article https://psoriatic-arthritis.com/answers/chest-pain-costochondritis-tietze-syndrome/ that you might find interesting, even if there really aren’t any answers for how to treat it that you probably don’t already know.
    That being said, I have found that if I rub a CBD lotion or cream on my chest and back (with help), that does seem to help calm that area down a bit. Could simply be “all in my head” that it helps, but I guess I’ll take it. 🙂
    I’m sure others will chime in soon and share their experiences, because I know it certainly isn’t uncommon for sure, and you aren’t alone. How are you doing now? Has it gotten any better yet? Have you consulted your Dr about it? -Leanne, Community Moderator and PsA patient

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