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Οver the past few days i've been experiencing light pain at one of my left costochondral junctions, when laying on this side in bed. What could it be?
See below: Most likely muscle soasm. Did you have any trauma to that area or do any heavy lifting? ...Read more
6-8 weeks: You could apply ice to the area for 20 minutes, 3-4 times per day and if you could take an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, that would be helpful. ...Read more
Ouch!: Unfortunately, cartilage (costo- ribs, chondro-cartilage) is very slow healing tissue. Need to take it easy for 2-6 wks & let tissues heal. Wrapping w ace wrap may feel better, but is controversial due to concerns re pneumonia. If you wrap take it off every 2-4 hrs & try to breathe deeply. Hugging a pillow may help w this. Ibuprofen if not contraindicated. Try exercising arms & legs. Walk in 2 wks. ...Read more
When the pain stops: Costochondral injuries can take up to 2-3 months to get better. You should be ready to stop lifting again once the pain subsides and you don't feel any popping or have pain with deep breathing, coughing or sneezing. ...Read more
The costochondral sep of 2nd rib ligament healed but then rehab ruined it. Undiagnosed and re-injured over and over. No rib belt used. What now?
Takes several months: Costochondrial separations are seen commonly as sports injuries, from twisting forces. They take several months to heal and the key is to reduce the pain so that breathing is not problematic. A good evaluation including possible MRI to rule out other issues. Wrapping or taping may be difficult at this high level, but more useful at the lower levels. Hypermobility syndrome is sometimes associated. ...Read more
What muscles are attached in the costochondral sternum junction of the first and second ribs? I have a costochondral sep and muscles are affected.
It's a stretch: sure, it's inflammation and inflammation can cause a fever, but it's generally a small area. Breaking the ribcage during a bipass operation...well, it's the overall surgery but a mild elevation of temp. happens in that context sometimes. Infection, big trauma, those would be more likely ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the healing time of a costochondral separation of #7 or #8 rib and can I continue with any exercises while it heals?
Rib pain: Costochondral separation may take anywhere from 4 - 8 weeks, and sometimes even longer, to "heal." in some cases the separation may not entirely heal, but instead a fibrous healing occurs which results in resolution of pain. It's ok to exercise while it heals, just let pain be your guide - don't do anything that exacerbates your pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My sister has costochondral tenderness with increasing pain & hard mass near right ribcage. Thoughts on possible cause or relief?
See doc now: Without a physical exam or more history, it is impossible to know what is causing her symptoms. Increasing pain with a hard mass in her chest is concerning, however. She needs to be examined now to get this figured out. ...Read more
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