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Costochondritis Treatment Duration
My Dr has diagnosed me with Costochondritis. What is Costochondritis in simple terms and what should I avoid and for how long also what's treatment?
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My pcp recently diagnosed me with costochondritis. The heaviness and tightness in m chest is bothersome! What is a safe treatment for this condition?
What is the best treatment for costochondritis if I cannot take anti-inflammatory medications due to chronic kidney disease?
Topical Ice: Initially topical ice is probably the best choice. If after a few days this is not resolving, a doctor with the appropriate training could consider doing a steroid injection in the affected cartilage.
Chest pain with breathing deep for 4 days. On day 5: stinging, pulsating pain in left chest lasting 2 hours since waking up, intensity 3/10. Gone without treatment. Could this be costochondritis?
Yes, but: These symptoms could also be more serious. These symptoms could be due to clot in the pulmonary arteries (pulmonary embolism) or abnormal blood flow to the heart. The additional patient information listed with your question implies recent workup with d-dimer, ECG and chest xr, so maybe you have already been seen. If you have not yet, please see your doctor or go to the emergency department.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Costochondritis: Consider gentle massage, modalities, progressive flexibility, and stabilization approach.
Could acupuncture or massage therapy help with costochondritis pain? It's been 2 months now and I don't want to contintue taking so much pain meds
Yes: Costochondritis inflammation can be reduced through placement of localized needles and use of major acupuncture points. I am often able to relieve the pain of a fractured rib with one ear "rib point". No, seriously - 1 needle. I am amazed every time - so are the patients. I wish I knew more about acupuncture when my rib was broken.See 1 more doctor answer
Cure? Rx yes: It starts with why/ avoid. Nsaids, injections, and finally surgical excision. B sure & see a thoracic surgeon b 4 invasive rx. Good luck! B sure 2 b patient & give each rx time 2 c how u do.
I have costochondritus and Advil never helps which seems so odd since every doctor says that is best treatment. Aleve (naproxen) helps tiny but not much, why?
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.
Some time it take: Long time, acute stage it may last 1-2 weeks but some cases turn to be chronic for years keep going on. No way can you tell which one will short or which one will be chronic in type.
I do not think so: The goals of treatment are to reduce inflammation and to control pain. To accomplish these goals, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (nsaids) are used, with Ibuprofen usually selected as the drug of choice. Additional treatment, moist heat, and steroid injection. Thank you.See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Usually it will calm down with a decent nsaid medication. You may need to refrain from heavy exercises especially using your upper extremities. It can sometimes take several weeks to calm down, but usually is not a chronic problem.
Costochondritis, sedentary, exercised 2 days in row, 2nd day stretched upper body 1st. Recumbent bike. No shortnss breath. How long might this last?
Give it a couple day: Lay off the offending exercise, take a day of rest between workouts. Sounds like U just jumped in & gave it all U had. Not the way 2 start. Ease into a program than fits Ur goals & abilities. If serious about an exercise program join a health club & get program from an AT-C, 1 on 1, then join a semi private group, & B consistent, meet new friends & because U R paying 4 it, , U R motivated 2 con't.
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