I'm doing a series of blog entries on my struggles with pinpointing the cause and the cure for costochondritis. During these next few weeks and months, I'm going to document the inception of my issues with costochondritis, my struggles with pain, what's helped and what's not, and my research on holistic treatment and--hopefully--a cure for this chronic condition.
What is costochondritis? Mayo Clinic defines it as "an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum) — a junction known as the costosternal joint. Pain caused by costochondritis may mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions." For me, the sternum pain is also accompanied by muscle aching in the chest, back, shoulders, and neck. At worst, I feel like I've been kicked repeatedly by a mule.
The links to my blog entries regarding costochondritis will be listed chronologically here.