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A 21-year-old female asked:

Can being overweight cause costochondritis even if you aren't active/had any huge blow to your ribs? also does it always have to come with shortness of breath? i have no trouble breathing just rib pain?

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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Costochondritis is an inflammation. Sometimes there is shortness of breath because as you expand the ribs there is movement in the irritated area so there is pain . I don't know of any association with being overweight. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318797#Outlook
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