- NSAIDs temporary relief, not a cure
- Noni juice
- Flax seed oil haven't tried long enough to see effects
- Fish oil haven't tried long enough to see effects
- Sunbathing works great for me in relieving pain short-term (half an hour in the sun is great)
- Heat dulls the pain temporarily but tends to cause throbbing later
- Ice I didn't find it to be comfortable at all
- gluten-free diet haven't tried for costochondritis yet
- skilled relaxation I think it will really help long-term, haven't tried long enough to see a big change yet, but my stress levels are much lower
- Rolfing (a holistic system of soft tissue manipulation)
- Massage therapy has helped relieve stress knots, but no relief from sternum pain
- aerobic exercise no decrease in pain, but makes me feel more energized
- stretching light stretching helps some, but I can easily go too far, with the result being great pain the next day
- Magnesium, B12 I take these daily (350 Magnesium, 1000 B12) and have for a long time.
- Chiropractic care short-term help, good for overall wellness
- Essential oils this one's being worked on currently--Frankincense oil
- Breast reduction - this was literally recommended to me a few months ago. Because I'm large-chested, the weight of my breasts do cause the pain to stick around. However, I'm more inclined to stick the tried-and-true method below....
- Weight loss on my way....
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Tackling Costochondritis - What Works & What Doesn't, Part 1
With this battle with costochondritis, I've read of soooooo many things one can do, supplements that can be taken, etc. Here is a list of things I've discovered through searching, and in blue italics are my own personal thoughts on those that I have tried.