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Dr. Christopher Piller
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Costochondritis (Overview)

A medical term to describe an inflammatory condition that occurs in the junction of the cartilage and the bone portions of a long bone. It is most commonly used to describe these changes in the ribs, which is a cause of anterior chest wall pain.


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What exactly is costochondritis and what can I do about it?

What exactly is costochondritis and what can I do about it?

Cartilage inflammati: This is an inflammation of the ribs usually related to a viral illness. The best treatment includes anti- inflammatory drugs or steroids. A trial of advil, Motrin or Aleve (naproxen) is usually helpful. Even with no treatment the inflammation can get better within 1 to 2 weeks.

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Dr. Christopher Piller
421 Doctors shared insights

Costochondritis (Overview)

A medical term to describe an inflammatory condition that occurs in the junction of the cartilage and the bone portions of a long bone. It is most commonly used to describe these changes in the ribs, which is a cause of anterior chest wall pain.


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How long does costochondritis typically last? It was due to upper resp infection. My first time having it. Taking anti-inflammatory meds and pain meds

How long does costochondritis typically last? It was due to upper resp infection. My first time having it. Taking anti-inflammatory meds and pain meds

Widw variation: It can be days to months, unfortunately. Conservative care eventually and usually gets rid of the problem. If one could only hold ones breathe indefinitely it wouldn't hurt. As that is not possible, then patience is the only thing we can hope for.

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How can I tell difference between costochondritis and a sign of heart attack?

How can I tell difference between costochondritis and a sign of heart attack?

Heart Attack: Costochondritis is inflammation of the bone to cartilage of the sternum (breastbone). The pain is worse when you push on this area. A heart attack on the other hand is from the heart muscle not getting enough blood supply (and oxygenated blood). Heart attack pain is not made worse by pressing on the sternum. It often feels like a huge pressure on the chest, and may radiate into the jaw or arm

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Diagnosis is costochondritis but I have no pain. Lump starts at underside of collar bone. Also several harder lymphnodes in my groin, jaw, ear areas?

Diagnosis is costochondritis but I have no pain. Lump starts at underside of collar bone. Also several harder lymphnodes in my groin, jaw, ear areas?

COSTOCHONDRITIS IS: Caused by virus mostly. As a part of viral illness, there can be lymph node enlargement at different parts of the body. We have groups of lymph nodes allover our body, like check points to catch bacteria/viruses, they get swollen, kills the germs and over time comes back to their normal small, non-palpable size. Unless you have any other issues (e.g. Unprotected sex/std), you will be ok.

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What are tests for costochondritis other than pushing?

What are tests for costochondritis other than pushing?

None: The diagnosis is generally made by physical exam and clinical presentation.

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Is there any new info about Costochondritis? I was diagnosed with it and I find it weird nobody knows why it happens or anything.

Nothing new: There are many, many medical conditions that we can describe and treat but do not have a known cause. It just is. With costochondritis, because it is minor, treatable and doesn't cause long-term effects it is unlikely that much research will be devoted to it.

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I am wondering which autoimmune illnesses can cause costochondritis?

I am wondering which autoimmune illnesses can cause costochondritis?

CAN BE BY ITSELF: Costochondritis can simply be mild inflammation of the tissue between ribs and may be not be associated with ant other disease and this would be the most common cause. Trauma can cause the inflammation by simply lifting something heavy. Rarely, it could be associated with other illnesses such as rheumatoid or lupus. However costochondritis is not typically the 1st problem of those illnesses.

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When a woman has costochondritis, what does it mean?

When a woman has costochondritis, what does it mean?

Inflammation: Costochondritis usually refers to an inflammation of the joint where the rib meets the sternum (breastbone). It manifests as chest wall pain and is typically treated with nsaids and rest. The key is having a doctor confirm the diagnosis and make sure they rule out other causes of chest pain. (cardiac, gerd, etc).

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How can I treat costochondritis pain?

Costochondritis: The best is to take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication.

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Does costochondritis need to be treated?

Yes: For pain and some swelling, it is self limited disease.

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What kind of doctor would be best to see for treating costochondritis?

What kind of doctor would be best to see for treating costochondritis?

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.

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What's the treatment for costochondritis?

NSAIDs: A common treatment is Ibuprofen which treats the inflammation that causes the pain.

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Need legit info about costochondritis and treatments?

Need legit info about costochondritis and treatments?

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.

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How can I cure or treat costochondritis?

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.

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How do I get rid of costochondritis?

Medicine and time: It is an inflammation of where the ribs connect to the sternum. Anti-inflammartory medicines like Aspirin or Motrin can often help. So time costochondritis is part of a larger underlying condition like rheumatoid arthritis. It it persists more than a week see your doc.

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Costochondritis: what to do when the pain gets very bad?

Pain medecine: And also moist heat and anti inflammatory medications, if did not help steroid injection could be done.

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Does using voltaren (diclofenac) gel for costochondritis increase your risk for heart attack and stroke.?

Does using voltaren (diclofenac) gel for costochondritis increase your risk for heart attack and stroke.?

Not likely: I understand the blood levels of diclofenac are about 7% of blood levels when it's taken orally. Of course check with your physician, and be specially careful if you have heart failure already.

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