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I bought a product called the Backpod about a year ago to help stretch out my upper back. It works very well for that and it's also used to treat costochondritis (it has a very well written manual that comes with it that details treatments for different back/rib/posture related issues including that). I've found it to be very effective for my upper back, hopefully you'll find it effective for your issues. I bought mine off Amazon.
I would look into Costochindritis and see if you relate to the symptoms. Poor posture is believed to be the main cause. I found that sleeping on my back instead of my side, and buying a cheap foam roller helped. Put the foam roller in your mid back, and try and get some mobility and extension the the rib cage. There is cartilage in your ribs, and if yoy are hunched forward this puts pressure on it and caused irritation. They even have devices specifically made for this issue.
It takes a while to go away, NSAIDS may help. Hopefully a doctor responds on here, because I am by no means an expert, just someone who has costchondritis and experiences chest pain on the left side when I excersise.
Ahhh, I used to have costochondritis for years.
Use a foam roller consistently and a back-pod
Watch this video as well
Highly recommend the back pod on amazon. Using it 1-2x a day helps a ton.
I had costo for a while, took almost an entire year to get rid of. Nonetheless the back pod helped a ton.
Thank you for the info on caffeine. I've noticed that my pain flares up whenever I drink coffee.
I'll definitely have to take the L-theanine because I do not want to give up coffee.
I have been recently diagnosed with costrochondritis and it's only been two months but the daily pain has been exacerbating.It's been causing me severe anxiety.
I can't imagine what a year or even 6 years would feel like with this condition. I am sorry to you both and wish you well.
I found this youtube video and maybe this will be of some help to you both. Plus see the back pod product they suggest will help.
Honestly, please look into it yourselves before making any decision. I am not a licensed anything and I haven't been able to look it up thoroughly yet myself.
But in my desperation, I've already ordered the back pod product. The reviews sounded very reassuring.
I will try to update on the product once I get it in by 1/22 if any of you are interested.
I follow Bob & Brad on YouTube. I’ve also been to PT and had various injections into my upper back. I’ve tried lots of things/devices, stretches, and exercises for my upper back pain. Also, I’ve tried various medications. Nothing seems to work long-term, only temporary relief.
I know everyone is different, and I hope you are able to find some answers that work for you. The chest pain is the scariest thing for me, and I’ve been to the ER on more than one occasion to make sure I wasn’t dying. Anyway, the latest thing I’m about to try is from one of Bob & Brad’s latest videos. It’s called the Backpod, and you can find it on Amazon. It’s supposed to be really good for the chest pain or costochondritis. It’s a little pricey, but with Amazon’s holiday return policy, I figure I’d try it for a month or 2, and see if it helps any.
Here’s the link if you wanna check it out: Backpod