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Update with new diagnose "costochondritis"

newherennewhere Posts: 61
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
So,before few days i had a visit to my local neurosurgeon.
I copmlained about upper back pain and pain in chest...
After his examination,he decides to give me injection...he try to to provoke my pain,and was successful after presing my 2 rib where conecting my sternum.it was so big pain...esspecially on the left side,on the right not so much. He say i have costochondritis and decides to give me injection of lidocaine...and IF this helps later he will try with costisteroids. i feel great 1 week(no more pain in chest and no cracking at all)...feeling was great,altough this didnt ease my pain in upper back AT ALL. Now after 1 week i have pain again,so im waiting for 30.08 for steroid injection.
For upper back,he didnt say something special,he gives me new pils,antidepressants & some baclofenum who supposed to relieve muscle spasms.
I am so courious,if this can be somehow related with upper back problems?
I read if the tissue in front ribs are bad,this can happen behind in spine also.
This behind is called costovertebral something ?!??
If someone have similar problem or some info,i will appreciate it :)
tnx and sorry for my bad english grammar :/


  • Have you had any x-rays of your back. Have you injured your back in the past. Can you write your history of tests you had done so we can help you more. I hope this is only temporary for you and the injections will help. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • yes i had x-rays and MRI 3 times...they only find small herniation on T6/T7 and some osteohondosis...but for both things they say i canot have so much chronic pain.
    i had also discography but failed...looking forward for some new tests :)
  • HI,
    I have costochronditis in my ribs, right side. It started when I was in my early 30's, and the dr. mentioned that I was too young to have this developing, as it usually doesn't start until a person is in their 50's or so. My ribs feel like a roller coaster on that side, as it's the connective tissue that is involved, not the ribs themselves...but it really hasn't spread...just uncomfortable.. and now I'm 58...
    I am now plagued with arthritis and degeneration of my discs and connective tissue/ligaments....livable but sometimes miserable.... Hope you feel better soon!
  • I found out I had this thru a routine chest x-ray. I know someone who thought they were having a heart attack, and it turned out to be pain from costochondritis. I guess I'm lucky not to have serious pain from it.--Mazy
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