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im having shortness of breath, recently diagnosed with costochondritis? what should i do

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Dr. can check again: Shortness of breath is not normal, unless it is the mild temporary shortness of breath with sports activities (but even then, one must be sure she is not having more shortness of breath than her sports peers have). Possible reasons for shortness of breath include heart attack, heart arrhythmia, heart failure, fluid around the heart, fluid in the lungs, asthma, a bad case of costochondritis, etc...

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Does costochondritis generally get worse over time?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
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It is unpredictable: The problem is not serious just painful. It is rather unpredictable but usually improves eventially. Treatment with medications like Ibuprofen or heat over the area may cause improvement. Sometimes we inject the area with medicine to relieve the pain. Of course, exercise may temporarily make the pain worse and rest may help it.
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Does costochondritis typically move around the chest from left to center of the chest?

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Sometimes: Costochondritis is an inflammation in the small joints between the sternum-breast bone - and the ribs. Costchondritis is often idiopathic - meaning we don't know what causes it, but is frequently assumed to be viral in origin. At other times it is directly related to exercise using the upper extremities or trauma to the chest. It can move around the chest, but discuss this with your doctor.
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Does costochondritis cause discomfort when running?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: It can. Costochondritis is a musculo-skeletal problem with ribs and joint between the ribs and sternum. Just like a muscle pull, strain, or tear anywhere else in the body (e.g. Leg), motion will worsen the pain due to repetitive motion on the already weakened and inflammed area. It usually doesn't cause serious problems but if persistent, see your doctor.

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