I tried Calcium Orotate - bought on Amazon - for about 6 months and it had no effect whatsoever on my Costo Chondritis - Nada! Nothing!
Calcium Orotate for Costochondritis and Tietze syndrome: This has cured my costo. 1100 mg per day. I take it with dinner. The pain is gone, no more shortness of breath, I can lift heavy things like a normal person again.
(Fort Worth, Tx)
Had a bout with sub-clinical hypothyroidism. TPOab, hashitoxicosis, all said to be part of Hashimoto's, (thankfully, mine is now in remission according to the clinical standard > 100 TPO anti-bodies.) At one point during those hellish months, I noticed I could see my sternum poking out from my chest slightly. The entire area had been slightly tender for months and I had thought nothing of it.
I asked a quite well known functional medicine doctor who specializes in thyroid issues if he had noted a correlation between thyroid disorders and incidence of tendonitis (costochondritis.) He indicated he had not, which surprised me. Incidental reporting on the internet seems to indicate a correlation, indeed, among Hashimoto's sufferers, and it is largely accepted that the thyroid requires quite a lot of protein and collagen to function properly and particularly, to heal.
My costochondritis became worse and worse. It produces frightening sensations mimicking heart issues as described in the heading for this topic. I tried every anti-inflammatory supplement and diet, rested the area - you name it. But suddenly it occurred to me, why not try supplementing collagen? Perhaps my struggling thyroid was drawing the collagen away from my rib cage to use to bolster and heal. Well, I took 35 mg of Type l & lll Marine Collagen from a company with two trees as their logo and was quite improved within 24 hours. I researched further. If these two types could help, perhaps another kind could as well. So I started with Type ll. Guess what that's made of? Chicken STERNUM - the very area that had been so alarmingly inflamed. I'm going to add this. I'd love to see Art or another researcher look into the collagen - costochondritis connection. I really believe I've hit on something.
I have had a struggle off and on for years with this malady. I do believe in most cases it is the result of an infection- viral or fungal. The things that help me most are antiinfective herbals. I usually take three capsules of goldenseal and olive leaf TWICE a day for several days. If it is severe, I add six - ten drops of grapefruit SEED extract in water ( chased with juice as it tastes yucky ). These all target a broad variety of infections and usually make a noticeable difference. I also take aleve or ibuprofen, but the herbs seem to GET rid of the problem a lot faster.
Excellent herbal antiinfectives : andrographis, grapefruit seed extract, cat's claw, and olive leaf extract . If you have an infection and want to avoid antibiotics, these are scientifically legitimate and have been studied. I usually have good results with three capsules TWICE daily ( six total ) for several days. For colds, flu, viruses, etc.. These are safe and QUITE helpful!!
My doc has said he thinks costo is usually a viral infection, and these herbs are effective for many bacteria, viruses and fungii. More info on these can be found at Sloan Ketttering Memorial website or Pubmed.
(Leh, New Jersey)
I take two tablets of 1000mg the first day and than 1 every day until the pain is gone normally 3 days, but it comes back after stress or heavy lifting.
I looked up middle of the chest pain and corresponding back pain and got the term Costochondritis today. The first time I had it was last year when I fell flat on my back from a height of 6 feet. Back hurt and in a day or two so did my sternum. Murivenna was massaged into both areas twice a day. Immediate pain relief. Continued for three days and stopped. When pain recurred, continued once a day for a few more days, then once in two days. In 10 days, pain-free. Didn't think about it again till last week when the same pattern of pain recurred after a severe chest infection. Attributed it to muscle pain from coughing.
But when the chest infection cleared and the pain increased during movement (e.g. when getting up after lying down or when changing sides while lying down) I became concerned. There were sharp pains brought on even when sniffing. Again, warm Murivenna massage to the rescue. One time and the relief lasted three days. It was when the sharp pain returned while sitting up this evening that I looked it up on the Net. Costochondritis. Family away. Can't wait for them to get back tomorrow to massage it into my back properly. It doesn't work as well when I do it myself. I know if this is done continuously for 3-5 days once a day, the pain will be gone. Murivenna, an Ayurvedic oil, is a normal item in homes in Kerala, India. It is used for muscle pains and sprains. Used when children fall and hurt their elbows and knees, or when you have strained your muscles with physical work. Murivenna is usually warmed and massaged into affected areas and left on for 20 minutes or so. It is absorbed by then or else wiped off and washed with warm water. (It can also be left overnight e.g. in the case of a hurt knee or ankle using a cloth soaked in the oil. Tied up in plastic to protect the bedclothes).
Murivenna literally means cut/wound (murivu) oil (enna) in Malayalam, the local language. Somehow, I have never used it for that. Only for muscle pains. It is cheap and available here in the local Ayurvedic pharmacies. Lasts ages as you only have to use a little at a time and you need to use it only for a few days. If pains last beyond that, then you know you have to get medical attention.
I read on the Net how people are suffering for months from this condition.Felt I had to share. Do try it. Hope this info helps. Good health to you.
Last winter had costochondritis real bad, heavy pain and felt desperate. After a couple weeks of painkillers that did not do much and I hate taking anyway, I stopped to wonder what could be missing. Though in winter I practically never set foot ouside, cause of the cold and realized I was not getting any sun/light. Got the idea to pop open the oily kind of vitamin D and rub it directly on my chest. In two days the pain receded to 2/3 and the third day felt no pain at all. Was amazed! Now I know we're all different, but it's worth trying considering how cheap vit D is.. In any case, the key question remains your best chance at finding out what could truly help.
So what is your body missing?
Forgot to mention the Vit D is 1000 IU that I apply on the chest.