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Salida, CA
A 53-year-old female asked:

What is the best treatment for costochondritis if i cannot take anti-inflammatory medications due to chronic kidney disease?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Evan Allen
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Topical Ice: Initially topical ice is probably the best choice. If after a few days this is not resolving, a doctor with the appropriate training could consider doing a steroid injection in the affected cartilage.
Dr. Stuart Rosan
Family Medicine 47 years experience
The problem with Costochondritis is that you have to use your ribcage all the time for breathing, so this will take awhile to get better. One option is getting a prescription for Voltaren gel-a topical antinflammatory, that shouldn't be absorbed that much into the body.Other options are Lidocaine patches+Heat patches/wraps . Might consider also warm compresses to see if that helps more than ice
Apr 6, 2015
Last updated Apr 6, 2015


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