Tietzes Syndrome - left chest and arm pain
this doesn't show it too well :/
I went to the emergency room last week for pain in the left of my chest and my left arm panicked that I was going to have a heart attack (which would be highly unlikely because I'm a healthy 19-year-old girl). After many tests, I went home still clueless as to what I had. I then had a follow up appointment with my regular doctor, who told me it was costochondritis.
Then, later that day, I realized that the area beneath my collarbone, more on the left side, was swollen and appeared to be a shallow, though rather large-in-area lump. The lump is a little tender to touch. I called my doctor and he said it could be due to the costochondritis. I then did some research of my own about costochondritis which took me to Tietzes syndrome.
This must be what I have, even though I don't remember having any trauma to my chest. I've been using a heating pack and ibuprofen for the pain, but I'm finding it extremely hard to avoid lifting things and twisting my body too much (which my doctor would worsen it.)
How do I get rid of this? Can I exercise without making it worse? In addition to the pain in my chest and arm, there is now pain in my neck and back. I also have some indigestion (constant rumbling stomach that feels empty even though it's not.) Please help!
You're right, the pic isn't too clear. Could you send the full file, without reduction to me firstname.lastname@example.org This website may reduce it automatically and I'd like to see the full graphic.
When Tietzes syndrome affects either the first rib, or the collarbone, it may affect the "brachial plexus of nerves" and hence the pain down the arm. Inter scalene triangle ...
And, because the diaphragm attaches to the underside of the (lower) ribs, it may also cause indigestion.
I presume a chest X-ray was taken. If not, I would recommend. What's vital is that the correct diagnosis is made, as there are other conditions that can mimic Tietzes syndrome. Keep in touch with your doctor and if concerned, ask to see a physician specialist. Were blood tests taken?
There is no proven treatment for Tietzes syndrome. Because it's something that kept arriving periodically in the clinic, I developed an interest and came up with a protocol that managed the condition quite well. I can't promise that the average chiropractor, or any doctor for that matter, will have any idea about the treatment of it.
If you decide to see a chiropractor and s/he would like to skype me, I would be very happy to discuss the chiropractic management of your condition with him/her.
Keep active, but I wouldn't exercise at present. But likewise, keep moving, otherwise everything is likely to stiffen up.
Meantime ice is good for pain relief and to reduce the swelling.
What does concern me a little is that the mass seems to be central rather than unilateral. Send me the full digi pic.
The pain often travels along the whole length of the rib, back to its attachment to the spine, hence your back and lower neck pain.
I wish I could be more helpful...