Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Costochondritis

A lot of you know about my car accident back in December 2008, if you dont, well lets just say it was AWFUL. I had a cardiac contusion & had to stay in the hospital for observation. Well, i never went back to get it checked out because my "Full Coverage" car insurance, didnt cover me medically. (Apparently, its another option & fee.) Soooo, i already racked myself up a nice bill with being in the hospital for two days.
Anyways, throughout the last year & a half, its hard for me to do a lot of things that i used to without feeling like i have the lungs of a 60 year smoker. I would get winded easily, id have major chest pain. Its just been awful. Well, being pregnant & everything getting all squished inside anyways hasnt been helping the situation.
My biggest fear is that, my heart/chest problems will interfere with the delivery. So we decided to go to instacare one day when it was hurting bad, to get it checked out. They hooked me up to an EKG machine, everything was normal. They listened to my heart & my breathing patterns & everything sounded normal. Next thing was for me to get an xray.... We debated on it foooorever & decided to opt out of that because there is still a chance of radiation exposure to the baby. And it wouldve been a 50% percent chance that it wouldve showed something, or nothing & we just couldnt take that chance until i talked to my ob/gyn doctor.
I was released from work for awhile to rest & take things easy. So then my ob/gyn appointment finally came & i was anxious to get some answers. After talking about everything, weve concluded that my heart is ok for the most part but that i have costochondritis which is inflammation in my chest & joints that causes chest pain, hurts to touch; it feels like my chest cavity is just caving in & a lot of people who have costochondritis without knowing, go in to the doctors thinking they are having a heartattack! CRAZY huh. But yup, thats whats wrong with me.

1 comment:

  1. I thought I was the only one who had it!

    I used to get that pain in middle school alll the time. My grandma took me to the ER once and they did all the same tests, but everything came back normal so they said what I was describing was Costochondritis.

    Sucks!! Gave me Aleve and sent me on my way. I still get it from time to time. I hope it gets better for ya! <3

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