Ever heard of Tietze's Syndrome? It's a swelling and inflammation of the costochondral cartilage (between the ribs and the sternum). I have been struggling with this off and on for a couple of years now. It's not supposed to last that long, but I have an uncanny knack for pushing myself too hard. The pain is ridiculous. I can't think clearly when this acts up. The doc keeps giving me darvocet, not really what I need to clear my head. It's considered a benign condition, but the impact it's having on my life is anything but. Any one else want to whine? Give it one! Maybe it'll make us feel better.