Discussion in 'Medical Marijuana Patients' started by HydroChronix, Jan 5, 2011.


    drtalos New Member

    Been a few months since I posted - update. I've continued to smoke regularly (so by my math this would be smoking for the last 7-8 months after stopping for a year and a half). My problem has not gotten worse - in fact it has improved. Why? I really don't know. I also had an appointment with a new doctor - who diagnosed my issue as Tietze syndrome (which has a lot in common to Costochondritis) after my description of symptoms. Lab and blood work did not reveal any concerns. Not really a treatable condition - and not fully understood. I still get the feeling this issue is more complicated than a couple of labels, and there may be a lot of different reasons people get this pain. To answer a question - there was nothing of note on my x-ray scans, or at least nothing my previous doctor could see.
    I think there is real truth to -a senile fungus- posts. When I smoke, I've always had the tendency to over indulge, because I like to get where I want to be fast - and move on to other stuff. I've thought about this pain a lot - and I notice that when you take a particularly big hit - the area behind your ribs can get absurdly tight. You don't think about it, because your brain is still reeling from oxygen deprivation and the THC onset effect. People who smoke and get this pain (generally speaking) seem to immediately jump to the conclusion this is a result of the smoke, but perhaps this can be a completely mechanical issue - correctable with proper physical rehab. I generally am very physically active, and have noticed no difference in how I feel after I work out (better or worse), but I have not specifically done exercises for this area of my body. I could do a lot to improve posture, strengthen my core and upper body.
    Regardless, in my case I had a year of hell - another year of discomfort, and now I'm back to regular smoking. While I can still feel the point of discomfort, and it does vary in how it feels - the condition has improved dramatically (I always hesitate to openly state this - its like taunting the issue always makes it feel worse the next day...).
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    Maverick 17 New Member

    After seeing your doctor and reporting him about Costochondritis tell me what he said and ask him about smoking cig regularly will worsen or not!
    Maverick 17

    Maverick 17 New Member

    After showing results to your doctor and telling him about Costochondritis tell me what he said to you About it and ask him about smoking cig will worsen it or not!

    Sohighclasssssss New Member

    I've had this previously back in 2008/09 over depression and stress. I too have had this for almost a few weeks now. I've been taking iboprophen and naproxen or Tylenol extra strength. I was in Mexico for a week and it was the most uncomfortable ever!!! Can't sleep a whole night w out waking up crying and wishing I got shot in the head I stead! I finally came back to the states and smoked a nice dab as I took a steamy hot shower which helped me soooo much! I refuse to give up smoking weed bcuz I have terrible anxiety. My fiancée has been so supportive in helping me w using a humidifier to help ease the pain. Also before I got costochondritis I had had a really bad flu and a tooth infection which got taken care of in Mexico by a dentist. So my migraines went away and so did my arm pains. But when it comes back (chest pain) I just put a heating pad on my left boob/chest to ease me and I swear it fall asleep like a baby. I wake up probably once every night instead of 3/4 times. I hope this helps someone out there. The first time I had costochondritis I was 21 and I'm 29 now. I won't give up Mary Jane. But I will change the way I smoke. I smoke raws only, and I don't hot box. Unless it's in a steamy hot shower w the water on real high. Giving up dabs for a while but not joints. I pray this goes away bcuz it's so frustrating to have.

    Padarousou New Member

    Reading all of these comments was very comforting to me. I as well as many others here, have pretty bad anxiety and depression and weed really loosesns me up and makes me feel relieved. I have been smoking almost daily for about 2 and a half years with no breathing problems or chest pain. About a month and a half ago I got a really bad case of the flu (which I wasnt too worried about) but then a week after the flu I started getting mild chest pain, about a 3/10. This worried me very much as I had never had chest pain despite being a heavy smoker. I naturally assumed it was my lungs so I went to the ER saying my lungs hurt. It turns out I had acute bronchitis which is common for those who have just had the flu or cold. I was perscribed predisone and antibiotics.

    The next few weeks I had completely stopped smoking weed in order to let my bronchitis heal (usually only lasts a couple weeks) and felt better after week 3. After I stopped taking the meds I was perscribed I started to feel chest pain again and was really worried this time. The pain was getting worse every day and I wasnt able to sleep much. My family isn't the wealthiest and we don't have health insurance so I really didn't want to go to the doctor again. After another week of chest pain the axiety and wondering was eating me up and I really thought I had some kind of terminal illness. So I urged my father to take me to the same ER the next morning. I wasn't able to sleep the whole night but I felt a lot better once we got to the ER. After a quick physical evaluation they concluded that it wasnt anything to do with my lungs or heart (huge relief) and they said it was Chondrocoastal Junction Syndrome or Tietze Syndrome which is a rare similarity of costcochondritis. The doctor said that it was most likely a result of the bronchitis that spread to my breastbone. Its been only 3 weeks since I was diagnosed and the pain has been on and off throughout each day. I was perscribed predisone again (steroidal med) but havent touched them as asprin and alieve have been working just fine. I recently got laid off and was pretty upset so I decided to smoke for a few days (after quitting for over a month) and the pain definently flared up making it difficult to enjoy the high.

    Im only 18 and from what it looks like this will be a problem that will persist well into my 20s and be a recurring problem. This post has given me alot of hope showing me that even though the pain makes life much more uncomfortable, it is bearable. I salute all of those who have to live with this horrible shit, and wish you all the best.

    509EddieB New Member

    Hey Everyone, looks like there has been quite a few people on this thread already but I figured I would speak about my situation as well and see what kind of info/feedback I could get. I am 22 years old, was a smoker for years and loved it. Like many of you I had to quit smoking because of chest pain and realizing it was worse when I smoked. I tried edibles and same thing, it gave me intense anxiety and would cause me to think something was severely wrong.

    Its been about a month since I quit smoking and I have been eating better, exercising regularly, stretching, and it still feels the same pain in the center of my chest. After doing a lot of research I have come to the conclusion that the cause of the pain is most likely Costochondritis. I have not been diagnosed by a doctor but I have an appointment this Wednesday to get checked out and see whats going on altogether.

    After reading all the posts here I feel better but I am somewhat confused as I feel that this could have been caused by a few different things. Please let me know what you think! :)

    I was in an accident back in September of 2015 and at the time was diagnosed with whiplash, and have been dealing with severe back pain ever since. The biggest takeaway from the accident is that because I had moved to the area just a year before I did not establish a Primary Care Physician (PCP) as I was only 20 years old and was only thinking about working and paying the bills. The doctors have refused to see me because my injuries are related to a motor vehicle accident and because I have not settled the claim with the insurer of the party at fault. It has been a huge mess but more recently was able to get an attorney that helped me get my appointment this Wednesday. This whole situation led me into a depression that I am still trying to work my way out of naturally, and as many of you know the marijuana helped a lot with that.

    Sometime back in January I was pretty sick with a bad cough, and they told me it was just influenza and let me know I should be fine within a few days. A week or two passed and I still had the horrible cough, but my body truly felt better. It wasn't till after this sickness that I started feeling the chest pain, but I kind of put it off thinking it was nothing to worry about.

    Also I feel that I should mention I have been working at a desk job for the last year and a half. The job itself is very stressful and I feel this could have something to do with it as well since it only adds to my plate with the car accident, stress, and the fact that I don't get much exercise anymore.

    Any feedback would be awesome and I truly feel your pain guys, (literally) and hope we can all get through this with the least amount physical/mental damage.

    Take care

    Intellectualwizard New Member

    I went to the ER from chest pain and lack of breath and chest tightness, turned out I had Pleurisy. 2 days later after struggling to breathe and having the same symptoms I went back and was diagnosed with acid reflux. I was then on prednisone, Pepcid, an anhistemine, and an albuteral inhaler. The Pepcid made me hallucinate so I had to get off of that. I was then having major anxiety to the point of where I didn't sleep for 3 days straight and I decided to go back to the doctor. He then told me I might have cancer which cause my anxiety to increase even more, but I was also given anti seizure medication called gabopentin. I am currently on the third day of taking gabopentin and I have to say it is the only thing that has really helped my marijuana withdrawal. If you feel like you're having constant heart attacks or pain In your chest try taking gabopentin. I'm currently taking gabopentin, omeprazole (acid reflux medication), Allegra (allergy med), fluticasone (allergy steroid). I was smoking weed 2-3 times a week for 2 years and the past 5 months everyday until I quit cold turkey, so I have pretty bad withdrawal not to mention it's already difficult to breathe because I have severe allergies. It's now 16 days in from quitting and I'm pretty sure I have developed costochondritis from all of the anxiety from withdrawal not to mention deep breathing very often so I feel I can get a full breath. I hope everyone here will find this useful because I've gone through straight hell the past couple weeks with panic attacks and shit. Good luck!

    Gayasschestpain New Member

    Mannnn thank god I found this forum, sorta thought I was having heart attacks or angina or some shit! I'm 18 and smoke like a blunt or two a day for 2 years now (I know unhealthy as shit), but this pain really started when I worked out my chest way too much. It pretty much just feels like tightness in my lower left peck, right where my heart is lol. Smoking bounts definitely makes it hurt does laying down. My nightly routine for the past 2 years is a blunt before bed, so this really fucked that up! It really sucks reading all these comments though cause it seems like this is a lifelong problem...would seeing an OMT help? I was reading on a bodybuilding forum (this is a common problem for bodybuilders too) that steroids is the best thing for it, but then again ask a bodybuilder how to fix a stuffed nose and he'd probably recommend steroids haha. Lmk if anyone has any remedies cause this shit sucks, I feel like a pussy every time it happens cause I think it's a heart attack but I know it's not. Not tryna live w this for the next 10 years!!

    c1234 Member

    Hey guys, I posted in this topic when I was 19. About a month after I posted I was back to smoking occasionally again, maybe 2 or 3 times a week. Eventually after about 3 months all pain went away completely. I increased how much I was smoking until I was smoking pretty much every night. Then just before i turned 20 it came on completlety randomly again when I was smoking alone out my window, tight pain in the lower part of the left side of my chest. It was so bad I called an ambulance.

    I stopped smoking again for a couple of weeks and again, it evetually got a bit better so I smoked occasionally again and eventually almost every evening. I continued on like this with nearly no issues for almost 2 years until about 5 months ago when it happened again. Now 22 I havent smoked since. I have quite dull chest pain fairly often now and I am hoping that if I just leave it for a good while and don't go back to smoking often then i'll be okay. It is irritating and I have been daignosed with costochondritis but the bud isn't worth the chest pain for me. I miss smoking with my mates though, but whenever I am offered weed the dull ache surfaces.

    I am convinced that a large part of the pain is is triggered by anxiety, I can smoke tobacco whenever with no pain and I think the paranoia of smoking weed combined with a preemptive anxiety of pain is what brings on the severe stuff which is perhaps harder to control when I am high. Also, and this may just be me, I was a bit depressed when I was smoking very often because at the time I was away from my friends and had shit all else to do with my time but smoke and therefore did pretty much nothing but go to work and get high and I think this may have something to do with my pain too. Looking back, the pain I have experienced when smoking has come on at times of being a bit down.

    The only advice I can really suggest is to stop for while and then if you start feeling better, not to sink into smoking loads again and to try and keep it occasional. I dont know whether that really makes a difference but I have a feeeling that If I had just stuck to being a littkle bit careful after an episode of pain and just smoked occasionally then perhaps I would have been able to keep that up. It isn't a massive part of my life anymore but it used to be, i'd just like to eventually get back to where occasioanlly chilling with my mates with a joint is fun not painful.

    Hope everything works out good for everyone.

    Guacamoeely New Member


    I went through this issue just recently. Ive had chest pains in the past before that forced me to quit smoking weed for several months to a 1 year and a half, but this was much different than that. Theres a burning sensation with this chest pain and for someone who cries maybe twice a year, I was crying my eyes out in the emergency room. Eventually, after an X-ray and urine sample the physician told me that it was costochondritis. He prescribed me Naproxen which he explained as a stronger version of Motrin and its 500mg each. He told me the pain wouldn't immediately go away but instead would progressively get better as I took the medicine twice daily. This has been true, and its been about 3 days now since I've been to the hospital. I can feel the difference because its not as uncomfortable to sleep now or get up. Today, I decided to smoke to see how I would feel since Ive been reminding myself its not actually my chest or heart, but more so my ribs. I feel fine to be honest. Only took about 2-3 small hits to be on the safe side but after reading these forums I feel a lot better. We have to remember pain is also a mind thing, and I realize now looking back at when I did go the ER I was in a lot more pain because I was freaking out in my head. Once I calmed down, it wasn't as bad but definitely there. If weed isn't hurting you, don't let anyone tell you to stop if you want to keep smoking. Also, became the ribs are inflamed I have been icing my chest for about 20 mins at least 3x a day, and I believe this has also helped so try that too.

    nonamedman420 Well-Known Member

    my wife has this. and mixed connective tissue disorder. they kinda compliment each other but in a severely negative way. has had it for over 20 yrs. it's awful when it flares up. all they give for it was prednisone. she enjoys the bud, and helps her tremendously. she has many medical problems, but they check her blood every few months. whatever it is that they check for, her levels have been much lower since she started smoking herb. but like i said, she has so many htings wrong with her, but the pot definitely helps. her doctor signed for her to get her card, and she's the only patient she'd done that for initially, but since her blood levels are so much better with the herb- she now is signing for other patients to get them their marijuana cards. it's pretty cool what happens when doctors listen to their patients and are willing to try something to control pain besides opiates/opioids.

    Lexlexlex New Member

    I'm so glad to find this thread again I was a regular smoker love maryjane couldn't start my day without it until I started getting these pain in my chest in early January/February for the first couple time it wasnt bad i went to the clinic and they first thought i was wheezing and had breathing problem s so they gave me an inhaler it work ok but not the best so I thought ok I'm heal lets smoke i jus smoked a nice bong rip and listening to music when the pain hit and boy I freak the hell out I thought I was having a heart attack I was praying in my head and everything at first I was like ok calm down let get you some air it help a little but my arm would cramp up under my boobs like my boobs felt heavy as fuck so I finally went to the hospital multiple times because of it they dianose me with Costco man that is a Scary feeling I was you gotta be kidding they gave anti inflammation pills which didn't work for crap like I took alot still didn't feel like a change so I took a little break from smoking and it help butttttttt I knew it wasn't me smoking because the pain would come back without me smoking and I was like well crap what can I do to fix this I have tried so many things muscle rubs,hot baths, massages, nothing work now as I continue to smoke every other day the pain come back it feel super uncomfortable ilthat my left arm would crap up I would have to have my arm under my left boob all the time until the pain went away but I know that it my muscles inflamed so I just wait. For it to pass it'll take up to an hour or so to pass then I can move again and can finally enjoy my high I even would drink alcohol first then smoke to balance it out it's works and I'm just on balance high but boy drinking is annoying to deal with in the morning and just annoying to do so I slowed that down so now I just smoke and drink wine with help ease the pain I even tried CBD it help ease the high to but the tightness of my muscles and cthe heavy Ness off my boobs still there so I'm trying to find way to help streach my muscles and ease the inflammation so I can go back to smoking everyday cause being sober is not bad it's just smoking just make everything feels better definitely give me tips of what I can try

    robyn445 New Member

    Im 21 F I was diagnosed today. I’ve been smoking regularly cigarettes and joints for about two years. Lately in the past month I’ve feeling really off and felt like something was wrong but I kept putting it off. I have neasuea all day all the time. I first really noticed the neasuea after my grandmothers funeral (first funeral I’ve been to and first time anybody close to me has passed away) everytime I’m in the car or bus I feel like I’m going to puke. So I just thought it was anxiety. Then I got a cold and had flem but I just put that off as well but I felt like it kept getting worse not better. When it was weeks and weeks going by and no improvement. But I really started to get worried when I felt like it was hard to breathe. I feel like I can’t take a deep breath and even if I tried it hurts so bad. So after smoking a couple days ago I felt like something was wrong with my ribs and when I’d lay down on the floor applying pressure in my ribs it would be extreme pain. But I just kinda pushed it aside because I am trying to lose weight so I just assumed it was nothing. So then I did a ab workout and also smoked and that combo almost caused me to call the ambulance I was so close. I actually thought I was dying I was in the worst pain I’ve ever been in my whole life. It would hurt more before going to bed when I’d lay down or sit with bad posture. So then a couple nights ago I ate edibles and I had a panic attack from the pain and again thought I was dying. Felt like my heart was beating out of my chest and I think a lot of it had to do with me putting it off for so long and being so worried about it that I also caused myself to freak out from the pain I was feeling causing the pain to feel worse. Last night again before bed I did end up icing it because I honestly felt like my rips were bulging when I’d lay down on the floor and I learned quick ice was not good it made it hurt so much more. So I told myself to calm down I’d go to the doctor tomorrow (which was today) there’s nothing I can do about it right this second I’m not dying. I thought I was having a heart attack and couldn’t breathe. So I go and I’m diagnosed with this. I think nothing of it I get home from the doctors eat dinner have a bath I’m feeling fine ish just a dull pain kinda in the background. I smoke my first joint of the day around a hour ago and again major flair but this time I know what it is so I’m not scared so I googled “Costochondritis and weed” and found this. Thank you! Doctor said if it’s not feeling better in a couple weeks to go back so we will see. I’m going to get a heating pad tomorrow because I think without one I will die. I also feel like my mental health and this are not a good combo. I’m hoping for the best. I really don’t want to give up what I’m smoking daily to help me live day to day. But I may have to switch to oil and also I think this is a good sign for me to quit smoking cigarettes. I don’t feel like the cigarettes make it flair, so far I think it’s, bad posture, laying down, weed, and cold/ice.
    I’m hoping for the best with this and I hope I’ll be pain free soon. Also all the doctor said was to take Advil or Tylenol but it’s not doing ANYTHING to help

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