2018 UPDATE: I will be releasing a series of exercise videos – daily stretching is essential to ward off flare-ups….and yes I still get them but I am learning to utilize a certain routine that works. Last week I was able to walk to the top of the Griffith Park Observatory – 2nd time!
“Costochondritis is not going to “go away” if you change your diet or take vitamins. Also, taking medication or getting painful cortisone injections for the rest of your life is no solution either. I believe there is a way to reduce inflammation and keep the pain away so don’t fall into the autoimmune disease pitfall! While Costochondritis is a nightmare, I believe I found a way to deal with it and finally be able to live a happy healthy life and you can too.” – Sharon M. Fitzgerald
Costochondritis sucks! It’s a health condition that is somewhat rare and a lot of folks contact me weekly looking for resources. The following I hope provides some useful information.
I’ve had Costochondritis for now 3 years, as of July 2018. My book (I wrote last year) will attempt to explain the condition and its symptoms, treatments, procedures and medication often prescribed. This part will be based on the top medical advisory sources such as the Mayo Clinic and American Family Physician, WebMD amongst others.
Second, the book will examine what has and hasn’t worked for me. I am not a medical doctor, but I will tell you my story and what I learned along the way. Everyone is different, but the more information you know, the more treatment options will be available for you. While I can’t get rid of it completely, I have been able to reduce the pain and duration of a flare-up. It took me 14 months to get my chest pain under control and I only wish I had some of this information sooner!
Just Some of the Topics Covered in this book:
• What is Costochondritis or Tietze’s syndrome?
• How Do You Get Costochondritis?
• Costochondritis in Pregnancy
• Medical Bills, Tests & Procedures
• My Story
• Thyroid Problems
• Blood Results that Lie
• The Top Medication Options
• The Autoimmune Disease Pitfall
• Treatments That Didn’t Work For Me
• The Chiropractor
• Juice fasting for 25 Days
• What are Flare-ups and How are They Triggered?
• Treatments That Worked for Me
• Cortisone Injections
• Physical Therapy
• Support Groups
• Links and Online Resources
*Scroll down to watch a breakthrough video on Costochondritis treatment by Steve August (New Zealand).
Lastly, I would like to direct you to this amazing breakthrough video I found on treating Costochondritis. It’s by Steve August (B.A.,Dip.Physio) of New Zealand and its a Game Changer. Although I don’t have one of his BackPod devices yet, I am using a foam roller in meantime, see item below. This was the first time that I ever heard Costochondritis explained this way. In fact, when I first saw the video I didn’t pay much attention because the solution looked too easy. Then later, after six months of physical therapy, I rediscovered it and realized this was the key to understanding the mechanics of the condition and how to fix it.
Video by Steve August , for written transcripts go HERE.
Stretching for Costocondritis Part 1 with Fitwithfibro
Exercises for Costochondritis with David Chapman
Below are products available on Amazon that I couldn’t live without. If you don’t own a back roller or ball, seriously consider it. I take my roller with my if I travel, it will help reduce or stop a flare up.