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Can anyone tell me the symptoms of this? Also costochondrosis? (spelling?)

I have a feeeling that I have scraped the top of my bum where the crease starts, if that makes sense. VERY painful. Makes it really hard to sit for any length of time.

Also I have been having severe side pain, feels like I've been kicked or punched and can make it feel hard to breathe.

My dr said it's just muscle pain due to fm but im not sure. Apparently the meds I'm on will help but as the gp has just doubled my duloxetine from 30-60mg I've got to give it chance to work.

I'm on 400mg tramadol, solpadol, lansoperazole and motillium 10mg 3xday due to a severe attack of gastritis that is only now improving after 3 months. I was on 450mg pregabalin but the gp took me off them to try the duloxetine. Any advice greatly appreciated. For the record I don't have these pains every day but definitely more often than not

Love and huggles

Chilli xxx

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hi chilli ive got a very painful cocyx bone n cant sit for long ,i get a lot of pain in my sternam chest area which makes feel like ive been kicked in the chest ive googled all my symptoms n pains n its all there in FM symptoms so i think we have just got to learn to cope .soft hugs hunni Tofty xx


Chostocondritis is for me agonising pain in all the ligaments of my ribs front and back where they join the sternum and spine. Can't stand to wear a bra the muscles in my neck and shoulders and upper back then go into spasm and won't relax . Been in this state for 4 years I have 75 mg dosulepin and 0.5 mg clonezapam at night so i Can sleep and trigger point injections ever 3 months in neck shoulders and back to try to relax muscles and then depending on the pain in the day I can sometimes manage on paracetamol other days it's dihydrocodeine . I have had this condition for over 20 years but it's the last 4 years it's really become a constant problem. Stress is not good it makes the muscles tense making the pain even worse ... I listen to a lot of relaxation programmes on my iPad and have hot packs and hot baths or showers. Hope that has helped and hope you feel some relief soon xx


Hi tofty and Edna. Thank you for your replies. I think I might try heat spray for my ribs and see how that goes? It will be back to the gp for my coxccyx. It's a really horrid feeling!

Love and huggles

Chilli xxx


Hi there I use a plug in small heat blanket,that I got from argos for about 20 pounds a year or so ago,its handy cos you can have it around you back or bum area whilst you are a home sitting or in bed,my daughter used it imbedded for severe cervical spine/head pain,I use it on my hips and snkle when its extra painful.

My other daughter had injections for severe coxxyx and other spine disease.

My mum had the base of her coxxyx removed years ago due to severe pain and arthritis of the spine.

I would go to your docs about both problems you shouldn't have to put up with it.

You can buy chrome pillows online with the coxxyx bit cut out,I bought my daughter one,you can take it in the car,use it on the sofa or kitchen chairs.

Hope this helps Sandy.


Sorry ment to say,foam pillow.


A bit of info on Coccydynia -

The main symptom of coccydynia is pain and discomfort at the base of your spine, where the coccyx is located. The severity of the pain varies from person to person, and it can get worse as time passes.

The pain in and around your coccyx can sometimes make it very difficult to carry out everyday activities, such as driving, bending over or sitting down. The pain may be particularly intense when you move from a sitting to a standing position.

As well as pain in your coccyx, other symptoms of coccydynia may include:


shooting pains down your legs

pain before or when you pass stools

pain during sex

painful buttocks and hips

in women - increased pain during your period

If you have coccydynia, the pain in your coccyx can also make it difficult to sleep comfortably at night. You may need to keep changing positions while lying in bed.

A donut cushion is recommended to take the pressure off the coccyx when sitting down, a stool softener, anti inflammatories and possibly a nerve block injection.

Costochondritis info -

Costochondritis is a painful condition of the chest wall. It is caused by inflammation in the joints between the cartilages that join the ribs to the sternum (breastbone). Although painful, it is not a serious condition. Usually it has no obvious cause and settles over time. Painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication can be used for relief of symptoms.

While it can be extremely painful, it is considered to be a benign condition that generally resolves.

The pain is worse with movement, exertion and deep breathing. Pressure over the affected area also causes sharp pain. Some people may feel an aching pain. The pain is usually localised (confined) to a small area but it can radiate (spread) to a wider area. The pain tends to wax and wane, and can settle with a change of position and quiet, shallow breathing.

Though costochondritis appears to resolve itself, it can be a recurring condition that can appear to have little or no signs of onset. Treatment options are quite limited and usually only involve rest and analgesics but in a very small number of cases cortisone injections and even surgery are sometimes necessary. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory medication (also called a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID)) that is often effective for costochondritis. Other NSAIDs are available on prescription. It is recommended that costochondritis patients should refrain from physical activity to prevent the onset of an attack.

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Wow Libby that was so interesting to read, I have had constant pain in my cocyx for years now and you have just described above exactly how it feels. I have printed out your description. I am thinking I might show it to my GP but the poor man's face drops everytime I walk into his surgery. xx

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I have chronic chostocondritis had it constantly for 4 years stress can bring it on as well as physical activity I have learned to live with it taking pain meds when . It's really bad ..... Trouble is with limited exercise the weight creeps on and on and on....I feel like a weeble except I wobble and I do fall down :) every time i do even the lightest exercise it sets it off even walking I breath faster with exertion sets it off. I,m not moaning I am used to it but I would love a med that takes the weight away quickly and painlessly :)


I am suffering with coccydinia myself at the moment, have just had epidural steroid injection to try and help but unfortunately this hasn't worked. It is very painful to sit and sleep is hard. It really hurts when trying to stand after been sat too. I would definately go and see your doctor about it, and invest in a special cushion :)


I have both conditions. Heat pads help and for coccyxdynia I recommend a memory foam cushion. I cut a piece out at the back to relieve pressure. Seeing a consultant next week so will see what he has to suggest.

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