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Best Costochondritis Treatment
What is the best treatment for costochondritis if I cannot take anti-inflammatory medications due to chronic kidney disease?
My Dr has diagnosed me with Costochondritis. What is Costochondritis in simple terms and what should I avoid and for how long also what's treatment ?
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Chest pain with breathing deep for 4 days. On day 5: stinging, pulsating pain in left chest lasting 2 hours since waking up, intensity 3/10. Gone without treatment. Could this be costochondritis ?
Yes, but: These symptoms could also be more serious. These symptoms could be due to clot in the pulmonary arteries (pulmonary embolism) or abnormal blood flow to the heart. The additional patient information listed with your question implies recent workup with d-dimer, ECG and chest xr, so maybe you have already been seen. If you have not yet, please see your doctor or go to the emergency department. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rib/breastbone joint: Costochondritis is pain in the joints where your ribs meet your breastbone. Causes: heavy lifting or intense exercise; any illness with lots of coughing/sneezing; blow to your chest. Local treatments include creams [over the counter capsaicin, Aspirin or rx diclofenac], Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen or prescription pain relievers. Gentle stretching or heating pads may also help. ...Read more
Could acupuncture or massage therapy help with costochondritis pain? It's been 2 months now and i don't want to contintue taking so much pain meds
Yes: Costochondritis inflammation can be reduced through placement of localized needles and use of major acupuncture points. I am often able to relieve the pain of a fractured rib with one ear "rib point". No, seriously - 1 needle. I am amazed every time - so are the patients. I wish i knew more about acupuncture when my rib was broken. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have costochondritus and Advil never helps which seems so odd since every doctor says that is best treatment. Aleve (naproxen) helps tiny but not much, why?
Pain meds, Steroids: Unless there is an infectious component to your condition, the main first-line treatment is taking NSAID medications, such as ibuprofen. If this does not work after 3-4 weeks, occasionally a steroid injection can help. In some patients with underlying GI problems, certain medications called ppis (such as prilosec) can also be effective. The condition typically lasts from a few weeks to a year. ...Read more
I do not think so: The goals of treatment are to reduce inflammation and to control pain. To accomplish these goals, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (nsaids) are used, with Ibuprofen usually selected as the drug of choice. Additional treatment, moist heat, and steroid injection.Thank you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Usually it will calm down with a decent nsaid medication. You may need to refrain from heavy exercises especially using your upper extremities. It can sometimes take several weeks to calm down, but usually is not a chronic problem. ...Read more
Primary physician: I would recommend starting with your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis and initiate treatment. If your symptoms remain persistent, it would be reasonable to see an orthopedist. ...Read more
Orthopaedic surgeon: Orthopaedic surgeons, usually those trained in sports medicine and arthroscopy, care for osteochondritis. When it occurs in the foot and ankle, some foot and ankle surgeons (orthopaedists, podiatrists) care for it too. Costochondritis sounds similar but is inflammation of the rib cartilage. It does not need a specialist, usually treated with Ibuprofen or similar medications. ...Read more
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Soft kind: You could wear the soft kind with no metal stripes in the front (nursing bra). Thank you. ...Read more
I am having costochondritis pain from three yeats.Now its getting worse, I am 31.Now having pain every other day from about 8 months.Please help.Cure?
See a Rhumatologist: I would suggest you have a consult and blood panel done with a rheum specialist. ...Read more
Is it normal for costochondritis to appear suddenly? (Upper right chest, next sternum). What is the best home care, and how long should it last?
Costochondritis....: Costochondritis is due to inflammation of the cartilage of the rib cage. It can appear suddenly. If pressing on the affected area of the chest wall reproduces the pain, costochondritis is probable. Treatment includes antiinflammatory meds like ibuprofen and applying heat or cold to the area, whichever decreases discomfort. The pain can last a few days. See your doctor if the diagnosis is uncertain ...Read more
What are the best ways to reduce shortness of breath associated with costochondritis? MD prescription and home remedies?
Pain meds to reduce: the inflammation from it and supporting hte chest by taping it or using a cushion against the painful site would certainly help. Doing slow deep breathing exercises daily (5-6 times) for 3-5 minutes each time, can be helpful. The Costochondritis will run its course over 2-3 weeks or so. If not improving or getting worse, make sure you see your PCP to ensure nothing else is going on. Good Luck. ...Read more
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