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Insight wanted! Costochondritis/Muscle twitching worse.. Anyone??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 30, 2011 at 12:30 AM

Hi all! This is my first time posting, so perhaps a bit of background.. I'm 20, I'm a female, and I've been doing paleo for about 3 weeks now. I was 'diagnosed' with costochondritis (I say 'diagnosed' because this is really a diagnosis of exclusion, which means I have chest pain that can't be attributed to cardiac problems) about 3 months ago. It started with a weird twitching in my left pectoral muscle (after a workout, consequently) and I was given a muscle relaxer to treat it, but I found I had no symptoms for a few weeks after that doctor's visit.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago: I started experiencing pain in my chest area around my sternum and under my left breast mostly, and when I'd go to the doctor he'd attribute it to anxiety (I also started having anxiety attacks 3 months ago.. go figure). My heart is fine (so they say), but now I'm getting these constant twitches that are driving me CRAZY!

Overall, the way I've changed my eating has made me feel AWESOME. I have tons of energy (I had virtually none before and always felt like I was walking through molasses), I don't feel faint when I get up anymore (which used to happen to me EVERY time I'd switch from sitting, kneeling or lying to standing--so debilitating), and a host of other 'symptoms' have improved--my anxiety has decreased about tenfold and, weirdly, bruises and cuts heal faster on me (whereas before a small bruise would take ~2 weeks to heal completely).

But I'm still experiencing these weird-ass twitches, even moreso than before I started.

My first guess is that maybe I'm not getting enough calcium/magnesium/potassium.. I do take a Mg supplement and my potassium is usually at a good level. I don't get as much calcium as I should some days, but even when my calcium is at a good level I STILL experience these twitches.

Can anyone offer any insight?

(As an aside, I'm considering getting a medical mj card to treat these symptoms.. if they're not life-threatening, I might as well at least make myself comfortable while I'm experiencing them.)

Thanks!

Edit to add: I find that the pain was almost entirely diminished after I started excluding nightshades.. spasms are still there, though!

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on November 30, 2011
at 05:27 PM

Thanks for the suggestion! I'm finally looking into getting relief from massage or other chiropractic techniques after being mostly convinced that my condition isn't internal in nature. I do supp with Magnesium--the twitches do seem to come more frequently on days I forget to supp! I do eat lots of fish, but more n3s can't hurt, right? (; thanks!

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on November 30, 2011
at 02:07 AM

Wow! I'm sorry you had to go through all that. Yes, I've heard of the form that comes after a viral infection and I'm wondering if what I have now (I've had mild cold symptoms for a few weeks and I suspect bronchitis) is exacerbating it. I'm gonna look for more answers! Thanks (:

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on November 30, 2011
at 01:38 AM

I had costchondritis and it's inflammation of the ribs. There is an infectious form and it took iv antibiotics x2 and three different oral antibiotics to get over it. I had Bronchitis and a pulmonalogist diagnosed it... flat out told me to stand there and that I didn't get to hit him if what he was about to do hurt... he then took his fingers outstretched and poked me right in the middle of my chest...yeah my other doctors diagnosed me with asthma and copd and he told me my lungs were at 100% capacity for a woman my age! My arms never hurt with it only my chest and breathing hurt. Not fun stuff and this year when I got sick I got it again and went to urgent care and told them what I had and the STUPID pa that originally diagnosed the copd rediagnosed it totally ignoring the specialst and me...He did put me on the same antibiotics though and i was better in days.

Good luck and don't be afraid to be pushy with those doctors!

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on November 30, 2011
at 02:07 AM

Wow! I'm sorry you had to go through all that. Yes, I've heard of the form that comes after a viral infection and I'm wondering if what I have now (I've had mild cold symptoms for a few weeks and I suspect bronchitis) is exacerbating it. I'm gonna look for more answers! Thanks (:

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

My husband gets costochondritis, Rolfing - a type of deep massage was very effective. If you google it you'll find others who get relief with Rolfing.

I'd suggest taking magnesium - usually cramps and twitches are associated with magnesium deficiency. It will also help muscle relaxation.

Also - take omega 3 fish oil as it reduces inflammation

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on November 30, 2011
at 05:27 PM

Thanks for the suggestion! I'm finally looking into getting relief from massage or other chiropractic techniques after being mostly convinced that my condition isn't internal in nature. I do supp with Magnesium--the twitches do seem to come more frequently on days I forget to supp! I do eat lots of fish, but more n3s can't hurt, right? (; thanks!

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