Training with Bornholme's (chest pains)
Several months ago I started getting serious chest pains - so bad that I thought I was having a heart attack. I went to the doctor, and they think that I have Bornholme's Syndrome (aka "epidemic myalgia").
Apparently, it's just an inflamation of the chest lining. Painful, scary, but not serious and normally gets better on its own. The doctor said to take painkillers to bring the swelling down, and they said that I could continue to train if I wanted to.
It's been almost four months now. The pain is getting less frequent/less intense, but I still can't do BJJ (anything involving lying down, or having anything on top of me, really, really hurts). I also can't do certain weight training exercises. I'm trying to stay active, but I'm limited in what I can do.
I've turned into a kata monkey in karate, because I can't handle even light blows to the chest (I never thought I'd be grateful for kata, but at least it's a way to keep moving).
I've seen the doctor four times. They still say it's probably Bornholmes (although I do wonder if it's not maybe chostochondritis), and that I just need to keep waiting it out and eventually it will get better. The doctor did say that whenever I get a cold/the flu it could aggravate the condition - that's not good news considering my job involves going to a lot of big conferences. Even when I'm healthy feel like I spend half the year recovering from trade show snuffles.
Has anyone on here had this condition before? If so, how long did it take for you to get better? I'd really appreciate any suggestions for ways to manage the pain, or encourage it to get better (heck, I'm even ready to buy-in to the idea of taking dozens of supplements).
Thanks in advance.