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  • Costochondritis

    Before my HCM diagnosis, I was told I had costochondritis(inflammation of the chest wall). There may have been some confusion as chest pain is a symptom of both conditions. I just want to try to differentiate between the two types of pain.
    My chest is very tender-echo's are extremely painful for me. My chest also aches most of the time. This kind of pain is associated with 'costo', but I am wondering if it is similar to hcm chest pain. Can anyone relate.

    As a side note-I just found out that having costo would elevate me CRP....

    Hope you all are having a great day...
    It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.

    Dx in Feb/99. Obstructed. No ICD, no surgeries, no family history. 2 sons ages 14 and 6.

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    Re: Costochondritis

    This is a new one on me... I will have to do some research... I wil let you know what I find.
    Lisa
    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
    YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
    Currently not obstructed
    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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      Re: Costochondritis

      Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage area connecting the ribs to the sternum. It can be and usually is very tender/uncomfortable. The discomfort increases significantly with coughing, sneezing, or even a deep breath. One key identifying factor is tenderness to touch if you push on the area of the chest where the ribs join the sternum. You won't necessarily be tender the entire length of the sternum or even both sides of the sternum. Inflammation causes the production/release of the CRP, so it would make sense that this could cause your CRP to be up a bit. I've given you a very general picture here, and you have to rely on your doctor to do a good evaluation to properly diagnose you. Hope this helps. Linda

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        Re: Costochondritis

        Thanks Linda, that is a very good description. And it describes me perfectly. It causes so much pain and of course I ALWAYS wonder if its hcm pain.
        It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.

        Dx in Feb/99. Obstructed. No ICD, no surgeries, no family history. 2 sons ages 14 and 6.

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          Re: Costochondritis

          You're certainly not the first to be confused by the pain. In time, most people develope a pretty good understanding of which "pain" is heart or HCM related and which is a different type for them. Even when you know what is typical for you, it can still be pretty scary, esp during the night or when you are alone. Talk to your doctor about it and see if maybe something can be done (maybe an anti-inflammatory med, etc?). Can't hurt to ask. Good luck. Linda

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