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Pain on my chest from costochodritis that has gone away. But I have shortness of breath. My ribs do not hurt and it's not my asthma (no wheeze). Scared?

Pain on my chest from costochodritis that has gone away. But I have shortness of breath. My ribs do not hurt and it's not my asthma (no wheeze). Scared?

Mgt: There are several causes of shortness of breath, and among them may be under controlled asthma, exercise induced cardiac dysfunction. I would suggest seeing your PCP to discuss. Your pulmonary specialist can order some testing to determine the cause. ...Read more

Dr. Phil Zapanta
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Hoarse Voice (Definition)

Hoarseness is having difficulty producing sound when trying to speak, or a change in the pitch or quality of the voice. The voice may sound weak, very breathy, scratchy, or husky. Hoarseness is usually caused by a problem in the vocal cords. Most cases of hoarseness occur with swelling (inflammation) ...Read more


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I am wheezing, have a hoarse voice and thick mucus in my throat. Throughout the day, I find myself constantly having to clear my throat the past few days. I also know it's not pollen/ allergies. Any thoughts as to what this most likely is? -Thanks

I am wheezing, have a hoarse voice and thick mucus in my throat. Throughout the day, I find myself constantly having to clear my throat the past few days. I also know it's not pollen/ allergies. Any thoughts as to what this most likely is? -Thanks

Not allergies?: I'm wondering what leads you to say it isn't allergies. It sounds consistent with allergies, but could be from something you are chronically exposed to (i.e. Indoor allergies). Depending on how long it's been going on, it could be a cold or bronchitis as well. If it persists you should definitely see your doctor. ...Read more

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Burning throat and hoarseness the past two days. Went to ER the past two evenings. Also, had no voice the second day and wheezing. Wheezing today too with a nauseous, vomit, headache, dizziness and not speaking straight. Constant temp of 95.2?

Burning throat and hoarseness the past two days. Went to ER the past two evenings. Also, had no voice the second day and wheezing. Wheezing today too with a nauseous, vomit, headache, dizziness and not speaking straight. Constant temp of 95.2?

ToWheezeOrNot2Wheeze: Man, you got it baaad! Sounds like the flu or a flu-like illness. If they didn't suspect anything worse after two ER visits, as long as the ERs weren't located in a malpractice zone, you should get over it. Two things, however: if breathing steam in the shower doesn't help the wheezing, you may need a medication. Same for the goofy speaking if it gets worse, so watch those carefully and see a doc. ...Read more

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Hi I've just had an allergy reaction to a sushi roll. Hives around mouth, a bit wheezy and hoarse. History of allergies. Will the gym make it worse?

Hi I've just had an allergy reaction to a sushi roll. Hives around mouth, a bit wheezy and hoarse. History of allergies. Will the gym make it worse?

Depends: Do you have a known allergy to fish or shellfish? Do you have a history of exercise induced anaphylaxis? How long ago was your reaction? If you are experiencing wheezing, probably not a good idea to go to the gym as exercise can induce asthma symptoms. See an allergist for further evaluation of seafood allergy/ anaphylaxis. ...Read more

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Can costochondritis make u feel sob?

Can costochondritis make u feel sob?

Possibly: Costochondritis is inflammation of the chest wall and ribs. So deep inspiration can cause pain. Regular breathing should not be as painful. However, real shortness of breath can be caused by lung or heart issues. These should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I treat costochondritis pain?

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

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How can I treat or treat costochondritis?

How can I treat or treat costochondritis?

NSAIDs: Costochondritis is felt to be an inflammatory process involving the junction between the cartilage and bone part of a rib. It is traditionally treated with anti-inflammatory medication. ...Read more

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How will I know if I have costochondritis?

How will I know if I have costochondritis?

Diagnosis of...: Diagnosis of exclusion. Symptoms of costochondritis are from chest wall pain, which can be hard to distinguish from those of more serious conditions (heart, lung, blood clots). Doctors first "rule out" these other conditions. If your symptoms and the doctors findings while examining you support the diagnosis of costochondritis, there is your answer. Treatment is anti-inflammatory measures & pain relief. ...Read more

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What are some ways to treat costochondritis?

NSAIDS: The most common way is to start with nsaids (if you are not allergic and can tolerate). Another way for more "resistant" cases is injections (steroids most commonly). This is very general... Like anything in medicine, the treatment depends on the cause of the condition. ...Read more

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What to do if I have costochondritis, please help!?

What to do if I have costochondritis, please help!?

Varies: Costochondritis is an inflmayltory condotion of the ribs where the bone and cartilage art of the rib join. Rest and anti inflammatories are the gold standard for it; and it will usually resolve on its own at some point as well. Would certainly want to be checked to make sure it is not a heart or lung problem. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Costochondritis?

Inflammation: 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 anterior chest wall pain. ...Read more

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Is there an OTC cure for costochondritis pain?

Is there an OTC cure for costochondritis pain?

Costochondritis: Costochondritis is inflammation of the cartilage that connects your breastbone to your ribs. It can be effectively treated with nsaids, such as Ibuprofen (advil) or naprosyn (naproxen) (aleve). Application of ice may be helpful at relieving symptoms. Good luck! ...Read more

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How are costochondritis and Crohn's disease different?

How are costochondritis and Crohn's disease different?

Inflammationlocation: Costochondiritis is inflammation of the cartilage between your ribs and sternum (bone in the middle of your chest) and crohn's disease is inflammation of your large intestine. ...Read more

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Is costochondritis a problem of the lungs?

Is costochondritis a problem of the lungs?

No: It is a musculoskeletal condition where there is pain in the chest wall due to inflammation of the cartilage at the end of the ribs where they insert into the sternum (breastbone). This does not involve the lungs. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Costochondritis & tietze syndrome, is this arthritis?

Both are...: Both are considered an inflammatory condition of the rib bone/sternum cartilage interface. They are considered synonomous. They can occur in many types of arthritis. ...Read more

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Does costochondritis feel like pressure near collar bone?

Does costochondritis feel like pressure near collar bone?

It can: Typically, costochondritis causes pain where the ribs insert into the sternum. The clavicle also inserts at the sternoclavicular joint and can be inflamed too. ...Read more

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Can costochondritis cause upper back pain along with the chest pain?

chest not upper back: It is an inflammation of the joint where the rib joins with the cartilage which in turn attaches 2 ur sternum. This is usually located along the chest ; does not usually cause back pain in the upper back. ...Read more

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Can a BAD belly smack from a swim team diving block cause costochondritis in a pre-teen boy?

Possibly Yes: A hard blow to chest can cause an acute injury and resultant inflammation to the chest wall, giving rise to same symptoms as in costochondritis, (CC) which in mist cases doesn't have an apparent cause. Follow up visit with his doctor is advisable in light of his underlying Kawasaki's disease, although no special tests or treatment is needed in most cases of CC. Rest and OTC pain meds should work. ...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.

Hi Dr, 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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How long do symptoms of costochondritis last? Been taking Aleve (naproxen) for a few days and it isn't helping much.

How long do symptoms of costochondritis last? Been taking Aleve (naproxen) for a few days and it isn't helping much.

2 weeks: I advise patients to treat their symptoms for 2 weeks with anti-inflammatories and to follow up if symptoms are not better in 2 weeks. ...Read more

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My sciatica flare up and costochondritis type symptoms seem to go hand in hand, any nerve type link between the two issues?

My sciatica flare up and costochondritis type symptoms seem to go hand in hand, any nerve type link between the two issues?

Maybe: Interesting. You may have an idiopathic neuropathy, or mononeuritis multiplex. Might want to see a Neurologist if you haven't seen one. If you have, might want them to do nerve studies. ...Read more

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I have had costochondritis and now sometimes bottom of ribs feel sore and when I wake up in morning could it be coming back?

I have had costochondritis and now sometimes bottom of ribs feel sore and when I wake up in morning could it be coming back?

Possibly : It could be coming back. Start back on anti inflam Meds snd hot packs snd don't rub the area snd check with your PCP. Mist of all don't panic. You know it will go away. ...Read more

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Is costochondritis forever? Had this now 8 months no relief. What can I do? NSAIDs and steroids don't work. Acupuncture?

Maybe not.: Pain in the ribs, can be caused by costochondritis, but can also be caused by other conditions, the most common of which is probably postherpetic neuralgia, which is due to a previous a pack of shingles. If many occasions, people do not even see the rash. You need re-evaluated. It would be helpful to hear more history. What is the pain like, what aggravates it. Is it Is there tenderness to touch? ...Read more

Dr. Christopher Piller
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Costochondritis (Definition)

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


Dr. Duane Gels
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Wheezing (Definition)

Wheezing = sibilant rhonchi = whistling sound ...Read more