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Doctor insights on: Do People With Costochondritis Have A Lot Of Pain

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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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Dr told me today I have costochondritis and gave some pain meds. I run a lot and didn't think to ask if its ok. Can i run if it doesn't hurt me?

Dr told me today I have costochondritis and gave some pain meds. I run a lot and didn't think to ask if its ok. Can i run if it doesn't hurt me?

Take it easy.: It's probably ok to run if it doesn't hurt, but it's probably better to take a break for a few days to let your body rest. Even too much exercise can be bad. ...Read more

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As a lupus patient who has a lot of chest pain, how do I tell the difference between pericarditis and costochondritis ?

As a lupus patient who has a lot of chest pain, how do I tell the difference between pericarditis and costochondritis ?

Inflamation: Pericarditis is inflamation of the sack around the heart. Pushing on your chest will not reproduce the pain. Some changes in position will. Costochondritis is inflamation in the chest wall. Applying pressure will cause the pain to increase. ...Read more

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Have chest pain and pressure. SLE pt. If lay back have lots of pressure and pain. Echo norm. Would costochondritis cause heavy chest pressure?

Have chest pain and pressure. SLE pt. If lay back have lots of pressure and pain. Echo norm. Would costochondritis cause heavy chest pressure?

Yes: I am glad to have the information that the echo is normal because we can see this with pericarditis. Be certain your physicians has ruled out pericarditis. Costochondritis can cause your symptoms also but do you have that also. You also say you have pleurisy and this may be causing these symptoms. You should discuss this with your physicians ...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