Last year was one for the record, a year where it began with self improvement, self healing and positivity turned the remaining part of the year into a nightmare. I will forever have mixed feelings about 2019, there was a lot of great moments yet at the same time, alot of grief and sorrow but that story is for another time.
Now let’s talk about my new friend here, costochondritis. Yaay, as if beginning the new year wasn’t great enough, I now have an annoying painful condition to accompany me into this very long, long year. So costochondritis is an inflammation of the ribs and the sternum so basically I have constant chest, rib and upper back pain and I got this annoying condition by carrying something heavy. Now the catch is, there is nothing that can be done about it, other than taking over the counter painkillers, apparently it is a ‘harmless condition’. I mean, I guess it is better than having a heart condition which I thought I had because of the localised chest pain. However, I’ve been having this issue for over 2 months and it’s a struggle to do things because it just gets in the way. I am at lost at words, I always thought life would be a breeze for me in my twenties since my teen years were just a good old mess but now I’m convinced it just gets worse lol. Regardless, I’m not giving up. What I have gathered from this condition is that my chest wall is inflamed, so I’m going to do everything in my means to make them not inflamed, so I have googled some more natural alternatives means of anti inflammatory medication because taking ibuprofen 3 times a day, everyday is going to probably kill my liver. So here is a list of things I plan on incorporating into my life to help heal my condition although I am not licensed nor a doctor so google and talk with your doctor and all the jazz.
- stretches, there are alot of stretches than helps with costochondritis that you can find on youtube
- turmeric supplements
- ginger supplements
- proteolytic enzyme
- vitamin e
- anti inflammatory gel
- hot water bottle
- cold compress
- massage the ribs
- soaks in the bath
Not to mention, I have also ordered a few things to help ease me during the day so a back support cushion for my chair to help with my posture, a shoulder brace strap to keep my back straight and a spine back stretcher to help me do my stretches on. Now I don’t know if these will help or not but I’m desperate and the minute you are injured or unwell, your top priority is to get better and that’s what I’m trying to do. I have also found out that eating certain foods will also help with reducing the inflammation of the joints such as papaya and so on, which I will further look into.
Anyway, that’s me for now. Wish me luck.