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My dr said I have costochondritis. The pain is in my ribs both sides under breasts toward sides pain when pushed on. Had pneumonia. How long lasting?

My dr said I have costochondritis. The pain is in my ribs both sides under breasts toward sides pain when pushed on. Had pneumonia. How long lasting?

Highly annoying...: For its discomfort, how it jabs you worse when "need to breathe, " and (unfortunately) how it can last anywhere 2-6 weeks...Very hard to predict. Hopefully the NSAID they provided for you is working--ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) often helps make it manageable. ...Read more

Breast Pain (Definition)

Breast pain is common. It is typically experienced during the menstrual period. Pain can range from mild tenderness, burning, dull ache, sharp or stabbing. It can be experienced in 1 or both breasts. Fibrocystic changes is the most common cause of breast pain. Hormonal medications (birth control, hormones) can cause pain as well. Infection ...Read more


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Chest pain, particularly around breastbone&under breasts.Hurts to touch.PCP diagnosis costochondritis.I've had this 7x's in past year now. No reason.Chronic?

Chest pain, particularly around breastbone&under breasts.Hurts to touch.PCP diagnosis costochondritis.I've had this 7x's in past year now. No reason.Chronic?

Not necessarily: Costochronditis can occur intermittently. It is the inflammation of the joints where your ribs meet your breast bone. There are many causes. It is usually self limiting, but can recur. You can take OTC medications like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil to relieve the pain if you need to. ...Read more

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Is it normal for costochondritis to wake me up? And last all day? Burning pain under left breast for 2 years. Ruled out cardiac. Can't take antiinflam

Is it normal for costochondritis to wake me up? And last all day? Burning pain under left breast for 2 years. Ruled out cardiac. Can't take antiinflam

Unlikely: The duration of your symptoms for years makes costochondritis less likely, but may still be contributing if waxing and waning symptoms. Trial of steroid burst/rapid taper may be adequate to assess if inflammatory component is contributing. If no response, consider alternative etiologies and work up: GI, pain medicine, etc. ...Read more

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I have burning radiating pain under left breast. Ruled out cardiac & dx costochondritis. This has been going on over 2 years. Is it normally that long?

No: I would be looking for other explanations. Perhaps even post herpetic zoster (shingles)? Sometimes there is no rash. I'd also look for problems along the upper spine. Besides your regular doctor you might also see what acupuncture or manipulation would do but I think you are right to ask for another explanation. Costo-chondritis I would expect to get better with care and time. ...Read more

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Hi, i've been having a small pain under my right breast (male) and, i've read up and people say it's a collapsed lung or costochondritis, do you know?

Hi, i've been having a small pain under my right breast (male) and, i've read up and people say it's a collapsed lung or costochondritis, do you know?

You are correct: You are correct that both of these conditions can give you chest pains - non cardiac, but usually they are located in different place and they stronger. Possibly you have muscular pain due to pulled muscle. ...Read more

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My Mom has pain under left breast by her ribs. She had an X-ray, dr said there was a dense area, wants to do a nuclear bone scan. Costochondritis ?

My Mom has pain under left breast by her ribs.  She had an X-ray, dr said there was a dense area, wants to do a nuclear bone scan. Costochondritis ?

No: Costochondritis does not show up on x-ray. The density is concerning for cancer, and that is what the follow up studies are looking for. Good luck I hope it turns out to be something benign. ...Read more

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Pinching dull pain left breast and left arm, comes and goes. Normal EKG tread. Could it be costochondritis or pinched nerve in neck? Also hern disc.

Pinching dull pain left breast and left arm, comes and goes. Normal EKG tread. Could it be costochondritis or pinched nerve in neck? Also hern disc.

2nd opinion: If your ekg is normal, and treadmill and you have a history of costochondritis, then you may benefit from having a neuromusculoskeletal examination (nmm) done by a do, who can check, correlate your pinched nerve to your rib issues, and the dull pain in the left breast and arm while checking your neck out too. Not sure where herniation is, but they can check it out too! it's worth it, and related. ...Read more

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Can coughing due to a cold cause breast tenderness/pain? Just diagnosed w/Costochondritis due to cough from sinus infection

Possibly: Viral infections can make pretty much everything hurt. If the pain is related to the costochondritis then I would expect it to subside as the cold symptoms subside. Evening primrose oil is an herbal supplement that can help with breast tenderness. ...Read more

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Costochondritis (Definition)

Costochondritis is 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 ...Read more