tietzes syndrome mimic breast cancer

by nikki chambers
(nashville,tn)


Tietzes syndrome mimic breast cancer

I have all the symptoms of teitzes syndrome. however, I have had cxr, two bx, ct's. my md says it is stage 4 brast cancer metastacized to chest wall. it is just below collar bone.

I am now in tx with hormone and antibody. the area is slowly fading away. it was a lump about the size of the palm of your hand. now it is about the size of a dime.

maybe I am in denial but I feel I have been misdiagnosed with cancer. can teitze mimic cancer?

Hello Nikki,
Firstly, you're doing the right thing by going through with the cancer treatment, until there is a definite diagnosis that this is NOT breast cancer.

Yes, Tietze's syndrome can mimic other diseases, but fairly rarely. The diagnosis is usually straightforward: a lump much smaller than yours directly at the junction of either the collarbone or ribs with the sternum.

The position beneath the collarbone is very typical of Tietzes syndrome but I've never seen a lump the size of the palm of your hand. I'm afraid your doctor is probably right.

Have you had a mastectomy? Tietzes syndrome is fairly common after breast surgery, so you could have had breast CA AND Tietzes.

Strong research in Holland which has the highest breast cancer rate in the world strongly implicates two things:

* high animal protein diet
* hormone replacement therapy

My recommendation is that you become a health nut. Have red meat max twice a week, less eggs, cheese, milk and instead look for your protein in fish, lentils, chickpeas, green and dry beans and
Tofu nutrition ...

Start eating hummus twice a week, and eat at least one large tablespoon every day, perhaps 2-3 times per day. It takes four minutes to make your own hummus once the garbanzo beans are cooked. Soak, pressure cook and freeze them.

In actual fact gentle treatment for Tietzes would probably help relieve your rib pain, but you may have a hard time finding a chiropractor who will treat you. Find a good chiropractor may be your next step.

I'm sorry I can't be more positive. Make those changes, they're good things to do anyway. It's my candid opinion that all the chemicals, preservatives, stabilisers, flavour enhancers, hydrogenated foods are at least in part at the root of many diseases. Turning to natural foods like olive oil and growing your own green beans can only help. Just time for a crop before the summer is over. Growing green beans ...

I hope all this contributes. Let us know in a month or two what's happening.

Dr B


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by: Anonymous

Nikki, wondering how your case resolved. Did you have cancer? A huge (size of kiwi) lump appeared in my breast about 4 weeks ago, radiating pain. I did not seek out medical advice. At one point after the lump had formed I coughed or sneezed and had the acute pain associated with Tietze's or Costochondritis. I waited for things to get better, but the other day just taking deep breaths were causing the acute pain. Since I wasn't sure what was going on I went to the ER. By this time, swelling in the mass had decreased significantly and the lump was/is the size of a grape. They did a couple of chest X Rays and found nothing broken and sent me home with a follow up to my doctor. My doctor confirmed Tietze's and sent me for Ultrasound to the mass. Ultrasound was severely concerned and now they want me to have a mammogram and a biopsy for cancer. I feel this has escalated insanely. Why would two different diseases present at the exact same time? Plus, the lump is getting smaller versus larger. I'm sure this is just a symptom of Tietze's. Please let me know your experience. Thank you.

This doesn't sound like Tietze's syndrome; the lump isn't "in the breast" but distinctly medial at the costo chondral junction.

The pain and general area may be similar, but an examination would yield very different findings.

If the lump is IN the breast, then get that mammogram as soon as possible.

Dr B

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