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What are the symptoms of costochondritis?

What are the symptoms of costochondritis?

Pain: Symptoms include pain in the chest wall. Classically, the pain improves with aspirin. Signs include exquisite tenderness over the chest wall where the ribs and breastplate join together. ...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


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What are common symptoms of costochondritis?

Pain at sternum-rib: Costochondritis is inflammation at the joint where the rib joins the breastbone. Indocin (indomethacin) (an anti-inflammatory) seems to work well ...Read more

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What is costochondritis and what are the symptoms?

What is costochondritis and what are the symptoms?

Chest inflammation: Pain and inflammation where the rib cage meets the sternum in the middle of the chest. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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What is it if you have symptoms of costochondritis that lasts only for a few minutes? I've heard that costocondritis lasts longer.

Not costal: Typical costo chondritic pain does not come and go as you describe. Another cause such as musculoskeletal pain or simply chest wall or pleuritic pain would be more likely. ...Read more

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Have costochondritis, suddenly finding it difficult to breath, is this normal? Its worrying as I haven't had this symptom previous nights

Maybe: Costochondritis may cause pain with deep breaths, but if the pain is severe or persists, I would recommend being checked out to make sure nothing else is going on that could be more serious. ...Read more

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I do not believe that i. Have costochondritis as suggested by my doctor, my symptoms are on my profile can someone suggest what I should do next?

Probably chest wall.: If you do not believe your doctor you can always ask for a second opinion. I cannot see your profile but speaking from experience 18 year old females with sharp chest pain, normal chest x ray and good exercise tolerance usually do have costochondritis. Occasionally they will have an esophageal problem. Anything else is incredibly unlikely. ...Read more

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Itchiness with Costochondritis?? There's a deep itching inside my chest and around my ribs where I am affected by costochondritis. I haven't heard anyone else report this symptom. Any advice?

Itchiness with Costochondritis?? There's a deep itching inside my chest and around my ribs where I am affected by costochondritis. I haven't heard anyone else report this symptom. Any advice?

Costochondritis: Itching is not a symptom of costochondritis.
Is there a skin rash present? Did it start after starting to take medication for costochondritis?
Please consult a physician if it continues to bother you. ...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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Tight aching rib cage muscles front and back when walking fast. I think I have costochondritis but this is a new symptom. Does this cause those SX?

Tight aching rib cage muscles front and back when walking fast. I think I have costochondritis but this is a new symptom. Does this cause those SX?

Chest wall pain: If you do, indeed, have costochondritis, then this could explain your pain. Usually this pain is only in the front along your breast bone and edges of ribs. It could also be pleuritis. ...Read more

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Had abdominal muscle spasms for three months, my doctor diagnosed it as costochondritis of the lower ribs. Symptoms appear while I walk, could GI be?

Had abdominal muscle spasms for three months, my doctor diagnosed it as costochondritis of the lower ribs. Symptoms appear while I walk, could GI be?

Unlikely: If this were costeachondritis I would expect it to have been resolved after three months. Injury to the muscles of the abdominal wall or a problem with your bowel is more plausible. I would seek another opinion from your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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Have gerd, costochondritis symptoms are burning throat like something is stuck and chest discomfort, med not working great Nexium (esomeprazole) and Pepcid any sugg?

Have gerd, costochondritis symptoms are burning throat like something is stuck and chest discomfort, med not working great Nexium (esomeprazole) and Pepcid any sugg?

? endoscopy: Gerd can burning in throat and chest discomfort as well as causing food to get caught in esophagus. Costochondritis is inflammation of junction of ribs with cartilage in front of chest along the side of sternum. Usually tenderness to touch and pain with movement but not burning in throat. You need to see G-I doctor since meds not working. You may need someone to look down the esophagus. ...Read more

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Symptoms today are horrible indigestion, numb arm, shortness of breath, feeling weak. I have costochondritis. Is this normal? Heart attack?

Symptoms today are horrible indigestion, numb arm, shortness of breath, feeling weak. I have costochondritis. Is this normal? Heart attack?

Doubt it, but...: No one symptom definitively indicates a heart attack is or is not in progress (many people make the fatal mistake of waiting out atypical heart pain). In fact, "heart pain" is often indistinguishable from esophageal, pericardial, mediastinal, gastric, & chest wall distress. By the same token, where in your gut you have problems may result in very different sensations. See doctor to be reassured. ...Read more

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Is costochondritis dangerous?

Is costochondritis dangerous?

Not life-threatening: Costochondritis is caused by inflammation of the cartilage of the chest wall. Symptoms include chest wall pain that is reproducible by touching the area on the chest. It also typically hurts to take a deep breath, cough, etc. Treatment with antiinflammatory medications like ibuprofen and heat to the area decreases symptoms until the inflammation resolves. See your doctor to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How is costochondritis detected?

Push on ribs: If the doctor pushes on the ribs or sternum and it reproduces pain, it's likely costochondritis. ...Read more

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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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Are there any meds for costochondritis?

Are there any meds for costochondritis?

Yes: Any antiinflammatory like nsaids (Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) like meds) will help. Remember to use the smallest possible dosis for the shortest period of time protecting your stomach with food, antacids, h2blockers (zantac) or ppis (prilosec). ...Read more

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What can be done about costochondritis?

See below: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is costochondritis?

What sort of disease is costochondritis?

Painful inflammation: Of the rib cartilage from seat belt any trauma that flexes the rib cage. ...Read more

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Costochondritis, any good home remedies?

Costochondritis, any good home remedies?

Mosit heat or ice: Over-the-counter pain relievers. Costochondritis symptoms can often be controlled with Acetaminophen (tylenol, others), Ibuprofen (advil, motrin, others) or Naproxen (aleve).
Mosit heat or ice. Try placing hot compresses or a heating pad to the painful area several times a day. Keep the heat on a low setting. Ice also may be helpful.
Rest. Avoid activities that make your pain worse. ...Read more