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Does costochondritis generally get worse over time?

Does costochondritis generally get worse over time?

Should get better: Costochronditis usually gets better with time, especially if the cause (such as coughing) gets better. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Piller
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Costochondritis (Definition)

Costochondritis is a condition of rib cartilage inflammation. This can cause chest pain, especially when ...Read more


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I have 2-3 major sneezing fits a day, for over 20 years. This has caused costochondritis. It is becoming much worse. What can I do to lessen this?

I have 2-3 major sneezing fits a day, for over 20 years. This has caused costochondritis. It is becoming much worse. What can I do to lessen this?

Need help: I think you really need to see a specialist to help you figure out what is causing the problem especially if your are getting costochonritis from this. Many nasal sprays whether steroid based or anticholinergic can probably be very helpful. ...Read more

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Willsmoking cannabis make costochondritis worse?

Willsmoking cannabis make costochondritis worse?

Probably not: Smoking cannabis can make a lot of other things about you worse -- like your coordination, perceptions, thinking & problem solving, learning, memory, fertility, immune system activity, etc. But it will probably not make costochondritis worse. It may make you less aware of it, but it will also not heal it. ...Read more

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I have this condition called costochondritis , does smoking weed makes it worse ?

I have this condition called costochondritis , does smoking weed makes it worse ?

Certainly does not: Make it better, since delayed healing is a known effect, but if that replaces other narcotics you ate taking to alleviate pain, make sure your doctor know about it and approve it. ...Read more

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Hi Dr, How can I differentiate between costochondritis and heartburn vs something worse? I have had a normal EKG.

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How can I differentiate between costochondritis and heartburn vs something worse? I have had a normal EKG.

Chest pain: Work up involves history and physical exam followed by appropriate tests to rule out each problem. Costochondritis can often be diagnosed by exam and heart burn is a common problem sometimes associated with reflux treated with prevention and over the counter meds ...Read more

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Have very bad costochondritis- got worse on Medrol pack - very bad muscle spasms - what can I do take 200 MG twice day celebrex normally?

Have very bad costochondritis- got worse on Medrol pack - very bad muscle spasms - what can I do take 200 MG twice day celebrex normally?

Chest xray: A chest xray would give us valuable information as to why you have this condition. Any trauma or fall? Could be a rib fracture. Try icing it and ask your doctor what the chest xray shows. Best wishes to you. ...Read more

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I went to the hospital last year in July due to chest pain and found out I had costochondritis and now it recently has gotten worse I get tired easily now and at times my heartbeat would be faint or hard also heavy breathing at times and fatigue hard for

I went to the hospital last year in July due to chest pain and found out I had costochondritis and now it recently has gotten worse I get tired easily now and at times my heartbeat would be faint or hard also heavy breathing at times and fatigue hard for

See a cardiologist: Your symptoms are much more than explained by costochondritis. You need to get a bit detailed evaluation by a cardiologist before dismissing it as mere costochondritis. Hope that you find answers to your problems soon. ...Read more