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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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Diagnosed with costochondritis in both chest sides 2 months ago and since had had shortness of breath that comes and goes can costo cause this?

Diagnosed with costochondritis in both chest sides 2 months ago and since had had shortness of breath that comes and goes can costo cause this?

Bilateral costochondritis: Yes, as well pulmonary hypertension.Costochondritis is a common form of inflammation of the cartilage where ribs attach to the breastbone, the sternum. The inflammation can involve multiple cartilage areas on both sides of the sternum but usually is on one side only. The causes of costochondritis are not known and may involve several factors. Possible causes include heredity (genetic predisposition), viruses, and trauma (injury). Costochondritis can be an independent condition by itself or sometimes can be a feature of a more widespread disorder. Examples of illnesses that can feature costochondritis include fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis,reactive arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and inflammatory bowel disease (such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease). Costochondritis and Tietze's syndrome are diagnosed based on the typical history of pain localized to the cartilage adjacent to the breastbone as well as the examination findings of tenderness. Swelling is also noted in patients with Tietze's syndrome.Costochondritis can be aggravated by any activity that involves stressing the structures of the front of the chest cage. It is generally best to minimize these activities until the inflammation of the rib and cartilage areas has subsided.Rest, anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, and cortisone injections have been used as therapy for the inflamed, painful cartilage of both costochondritis and Tietze's syndrome. Ice packs applied to local swelling can sometimes help to reduce pain and inflammation. Local lidocaine analgesic patch (Lidoderm) application can reduce pain ...Read more

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

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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What causes costochondritis because i have shortness of breath chest pain upper and middle back and sometimes my neck ?

Costochondritis: Costochondritis is usually a localized inflammation of a joint between a rib and the sternum(breastbone) and causes pain and tenderness in that localized area. If you're having Sharp rib cage pain, worsened by a deep breath and radiating around the side to the back, a pinched nerve which runs between two ribs is suspected. In view of your shortness of breath, an exam is indicated. ...Read more

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Can weight lifting and/or tennis cause costochondritis? Been doing both for 20 years. Some chest pain now.Stress test 4 years ago. Results: negative

Overuse: Costochondritis is inflammation of the cartilage between the sternum and ribs. It is common although the cause is unknown and typically resolves spontaneously. More common causes of chest pain in athletes are stress fractures of the ribs or sternum and intercostal muscle injury due to impact injury and overuse. A trial of decreased training/sport may help but persistent pain should be evaluated ...Read more

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Can costochondritis cause shortness of breath, dizziness, back neck and chest pain? If so how does it feel?

Ike you said: Yes it can and it will feel exactly the way you described it . Take ibuprofen 600-800 mg every 6 hours with meals as long as you are not allergic to it. Apply heat pad on the area. And avoid bras with hard wired . Not better see a doctor ...Read more

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Could upper endoscopy w/ dilation cause Costochondritis. I have had chest/back pain & tingling/cold sensations since I had it 2mths ago. How long last?

Could upper endoscopy w/ dilation cause Costochondritis. I have had chest/back pain & tingling/cold sensations since I had it 2mths ago. How long last?

Coughing: If you had some violent coughing during the procedure (I am guessing you were sedated and would't necessarily remember. Endoscopy can also cause retching. Coughing or retching violently could strain the cartilage in the chest wall, resulting in costochondritis. the treatment is aspirin or motrin. It can linger on, 6 months would not be surprising. ...Read more

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Can costochondritis cause chest pain when sleeping on stomach?

Can costochondritis cause chest pain when sleeping on stomach?

Costochondritis : It depends which costochondral junction is involved, also the position you are lying---- in other words yes it can. ...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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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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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