March 2017 update
Great news, today I found two new exercises to help with Costochondritis and wanted to share them with you. As soon as I can get to Big 5 Sporting Goods, I will buy the tennis balls and football required and give these methods a try myself.
For anyone with Costochondritis, you may have figured out you need to stretch your back out on one of the devices listed below. If this is not familiar to you, definitely check out my video by Steve August (New Zealand) on the concept HERE
“Buy 4 tennis balls and duct tape all together that will look like this : : then lie on it with your back where you are experiencing the pain or tightness. Slowly lift your arms over your head until you can touch the floor behind you. Works for me every time but might take a few days.”
“I use a football but it will definitly help pop everything.”
I can’t wait to try these new exercises. Until then, I always suggest a large exercise ball or foam roller. For me, if I go two days without doing this, I will get a flare-up. That’s how crucial these exercises have been for me.
Ball or foam roller every day – must!
Awesome video by Fitwithfibro posted on my website and link in book
If you haven’t checked out my book, its available in print and Ebook.
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Thanks and feel better,
“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
My name is Sharon Fitzgerald and I’ve had Costochondritis for the last 18 months. My book will first 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
While I don’t know of a cure for Costochondritis, I do believe I have identified a way to reduce the pain and duration of flare-ups which has helped me out greatly. The more you know, the more treatment options you’ll have. Join the community and share your knowledge.