Tietzes

by Nicole
(Indiana)


Hello, first I want to say that seeing the picture at the top of this page has put me somewhat at ease, as I too have swelling on the sternum.

My pain happened in my chest as a icy cold feeling that went from the sternum down to my heart. I thought for sure I was having a heart attack. I went to the ER and had ekg, blood test, and chest x rays. I actually did this twice. Everything came back negative. They released me, and said i had costochondritis.

Then two weeks later I developed a swelling on the sternum that went into my left and right breast, and left collar bone. I had a cat scan and have not received the results yet, but I've been doing lots of reading and I'm thinking tietze is what I have.

It does not hurt to bad when I breath in or out, but it does hurt to cough. Most of my pain has been localized to the left side. The difference I'm experiencing that I have not heard many people talk about with tietze is that my neck and chest are red and warm to the touch especially if I'm moving around or lifting anything. This has been going on for almost two months now.

My doctor is seeing me this week, and I'm praying that the cat scan came out clean, and that he will be willing to diagnose me with Tietze's syndrome. I feel it would be easier for me to go on with this pain and swelling if I knew it was not something more serious. Thank you for this article.

Hello Nicole,
The medical conditions that could cause this swelling and redness need to be explored; could it be a breast condition?

Tietzes can be bilateral, but it's less common.

Do you have any midback pain? Or radiating along the rib under the armpit?

Tietze's syndrome is less severe than some of the other conditions your doctor is considering, but even then it's not plain sailing. Tietze's syndrome is a nuggety condition that it took me 25 years in practice to figure out.

Once the diagnosis is made, get back to me, and we can discuss the treatment further.

Perhaps send me a photograph; you have to get the light exactly right to bring out the swelling and redness.

Dr B

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Jun 29, 2015
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Tietze
by: Nicole

Hello, it's been 6 months since I started to have sever pain in my chest. It's been 4 months since I was diagnosed with tietze. I am having a lot of pain in my collar bones....especially in my left collar bone. It feels as though it is swelling and a lot of times I get itchy on the lump that is on my second part of the sternum. I have not seen to many comments about pain like this in the collar bones. I have had testings done and catscan. My doctor says there is no swelling shown on the X-rays or catscan. I feel like my doctor has gotten tired of hearing me complain and I have given up going back. So I'm wondering if there is anything I can do to help stop the pain?

Hello Nicole,
Tietze's syndrome is a nuggety problem and there is no research, proven treatment. However, having struggled with patients with it for 25 years I've finally come up with a protocol that works. It probably won't cure you, but if you are 60-90 percent better, would you be satisfied.

I suggest you find a chiropractor in your area who either knows about Tietze's or is willing to contact me, and we can discuss my protocol.

A little warning is in order. A hard manipulation in the middle of the back will worsen the condition.

Dr B

Feb 04, 2015
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by: Nicole

Hi Dr.B,
i have sent you an email of a couple pictures of my chest. I was not sure how to upload onto the website. i do not have back pain, but i do have the pain into my left armpit. I woke up this morning with the swelling under my right collar bone. I am going into the doctor tomorrow to find out the results from my catscan. I did have a rheumatoid blood test done and L = 0 H = 13 and i was 11. I don't know if this goes together or not. Thank you for commenting!

Hello Nicole.
Please send those photos to brlewis[at]mweb.co[dot]za

Right collar bone swelling, pain in left armpit... it's all quite confusing. Good that your doctor is taking it all seriously. Once (hopefully) all these test come back negative, let me know and we'll talk more about the treatment of Tietzes syndrome.

Dr B

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