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Does costochondritis cause tightness of the chest?

Does costochondritis cause tightness of the chest?

Definitely maybe: While it more typically causes "sharp", muscular-like pain that is well-localized to the affected rib, costochondritis sometimes can feel more like a tightness. A sometimes helpful clue is if the symptom is accentuated by deep breathing. Due to the normal expansion of the rib cage with deep inspiration, costochondritis pain can increase, whereas tightness due to blocked arteries usually will not. ...Read more

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Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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My throat has been feeling overly tight and I have chest pains lately . Is this costochondritis ? Doctors don't think it's heart because I am young .

My throat has been feeling overly tight and I have chest pains lately . Is this costochondritis ? Doctors don't think it's heart because I am young .

Throat pain: Your gender and youth point against heart disease. However, associated chest pains are concerning especially if you have any other cardiac risk factors. If symptoms persist you may benefit from stress testing to rule out heart disease. ...Read more

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I have costochondritis for seven months now . I can't breath , tight throat , minor pain in ribs .stuck with this forever ? Prednisone did nothing .

Costochondritis: Costochondritis can take a long time to resolve. The ribs and costochondral junctions are moving with the patient's breathing and not 'resting'. Discuss your status with your Doc. From your information it looks like you've had a good work up. ...Read more

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Suffering with tightness on chest, along with my breastbone hurting. Does this sound like plurisy or costchondritis. I have been coughing some.

Suffering with tightness on chest, along with my breastbone hurting. Does this sound like plurisy or costchondritis. I have been coughing some.

Chest pains : Regardless the cause, could be only muscle pain. However, pain in your chest with the symptoms you have described is a serious medical condition. It is always a red flag and appointment with your PCP is warranted. Take care. ...Read more

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What causes costochondritis other than chest trauma?

What causes costochondritis other than chest trauma?

Multiple causes:: Trauma being one that you mentioned; Others include: Inflammation from any reason; Infection, like Viral, bacterial, etc; Idiopathic, where no cause can be found for it. I believe a number of mechanisms work together and in most cases no particular cause can be identified. ...Read more

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Costochondritis. Sitting in certain position when I have to move i have to very slow from the chest pain will it cause whole rib areas hurt?

Costochondritis.  Sitting in  certain position when I have to move i have to very slow from the chest pain will it cause whole rib areas hurt?

Possible: Costochondritis usually heart the ribs towards the sternum but sometime can cause pain towards the sides too. It usually hearts with movement and taking deep breaths. Please see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have Costochondritis and it's been acting up lately more then ever before ... I am also a heavy weed smoker ... Does the weed cause my chest pain?

I have Costochondritis and it's been acting up lately more then ever before ... I am also a heavy weed smoker ... Does the weed cause my chest pain?

Weed / costochondrit: Is it costochondritis and not asthma? Costo you press and feel pain asthma you fell short of breath. Any inhalant can irritate the lung and if you have asthma can exacerbate it. Also there may be impurities since it is not FDA controlled, that are irritating the lung .Try a few days off , also get evaluated for asthma. F/u w/ doc http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana ...Read more

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Can someone have long-term costochondritis and if so is there usually another underlying cause that should be addressed? It feels like my chest (left) pops when I move my arm a certain way.

Can someone have long-term costochondritis and if so is there usually another underlying cause that should be addressed? It feels like my chest (left) pops when I move my arm a certain way.

Yes, not uncommon: Millions of folks suffer from this annoying condition and in a sizable number the condition can become long term. Learning to manage pain with anti inflammatory agents, heat, and avoiding physical movement that may precipitate the pain, are the key elements. ...Read more

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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