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  1. Hi, everyone. A couple of weeks ago, I ended up in the ER with chest pain. My heart doctor was called and I was put through the basic heart tests: blood tests, x-rays, EKG's, stress test, echo. All normal. I was sent home, then two days later, the pain was much worse, so my heart doctor sent me to OSU for evaluation (mainly because he thought my mast cell issue was causing my heart to be affected and needed help should that be the situation). Well, all concerned said my heart was fine, but I'm still having the pain, so I got on-line and found information on costochondritis. This sounds like what I'm having. A number of years ago, my endo said I had some autoimmune disorder that was causing me chest pain then. I don't remember if it was costo or not, but I've had this on and off for years. For those of you who have costo, could I ask you a few questions? --Is your costo ever triggered by GERD? --As I was walking my stress test, I got a spot of severe pain on my right side rib area. Is costo triggered by exercise? --When I push on my rib cage, upper chest, right in the middle, the pain gets worse, and even worse still when I push on either side of the rib cage, on my ribs. This shows costo, right? --Can costo pain feel like burning, like reflux? --My pain can go to my back and shoulders. Anyone else? I've read some on costo, but there's really nothing like talking with others who have this. Oh, and I've read what can cause costo, and I don't have any of the "typical" things. I have been diagnosed with benign EDS, so can that be the cause of costo in me? Mine seems to come with my mast cell reactions and GERD. Anyone else? After all this time, I finally have a mast cell diagnosis, along with AI and POTS. But, the chest pain doesn't fit into any of these diagnosis completely, and I'm trying to figure it out, as are my docs. Thanks, everyone. Lindajoy
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