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Does Costochondritis Generally Get Worse Over Time
Should get better: Costochronditis usually gets better with time, especially if the cause (such as coughing) gets better. ...Read more
I went to the hospital last year in July due to chest pain and found out I had costochondritis and now it recently has gotten worse I get tired easily now and at times my heartbeat would be faint or hard also heavy breathing at times and fatigue hard for
If we can breathe thousands of times a day without feeling any problems, why do some people get costochondritis?
Costochondritis: Costochondritis is a common cause of chest wall pain, although the cause isn't always clear, in fact sometimes after a thorough history I still cannot determine the cause. Sometimes there is a clear cause - someone has a respiratory infection and has been coughing, or an athlete has been exerting him/herself wt lifting or direct trauma from a contact sport. See your dr to confirm the diagnosis! ...Read more
Costochondritis but also get stabbing pains lower ribs and same time they throb the top of my shoulders get the stab hot pain, lasts few seconds, why?
Costochronditis: Any inflammatory process can affect nearby tissues, Irritation of the diaphragm muscle can send pain to the shoulder and is due to the original innervation of the diaphragm prior to lung development. This shoulder pain can also come from gall bladder disease, so consult your healthcare professional for testing and advice if it continues. ...Read more
Yes. It gets better.: Costochondritis is a condition causing chest pains due to inflammation of the cartilages which connect the ribs to the breastbone (sternum). It is most common in young women and is often confused with pain from the heart. The outlook is very good and usually anti-inflammatory medicines will decrease the discomfort. ...Read more
Usually viral illnes: Costochondritis, or tietze's syndrome, is an inflammation of the costochondral junction along the anterior chestwall adjacent to the sternum. It is usually caused by a viral illness, and like all viral illnesses who gets it is hard to predict. No genetic predisposition has been suggested. A strong immune system is probably the best defense, i.e., good rest, good nutrition, etc. ...Read more
Costochondritis if prest on it it feals bite pain but pain can come durin day time severe can it be costochondritis?
Yes: Any reproducible pain in the chest wall which is not caused by injury may fall into the category of costochondritis. Think of that as temporary aches and pains that are structural - not associated with underlying pathology. Since the chest is an area of of great importance, your doctor needs to be doing this evaluation and making the proper diagnosis. ...Read more
I am having costochondritis pain from three yeats. Now its getting worse, I am 31.Now having pain every other day from about 8 months. Please help. Cure?
See a Rhumatologist: I would suggest you have a consult and blood panel done with a rheum specialist. ...Read more
Certainly does not: Make it better, since delayed healing is a known effect, but if that replaces other narcotics you ate taking to alleviate pain, make sure your doctor know about it and approve it. ...Read more
I'm suddenly feeling a slight pain in my chest & getting some sharp pains on the right side a couple times. I had costochondritis back in Oct. & Nov.
Pain in chest: Need more information how old are u? What are your risk factors for heart disease: smoking lipids BP family Hx? What tests have you had in past? If you have had prior heart disease go to ER or walk in clinic now. ...Read more
Does Costochondritis ever go away? I've had it once before. I do get the pains every now and then. Could it just be stress related or could it be that?
Usually temporary: Costochondritis is related to inflammation of the costochondral or costosternal joints. This is usually a self limited condition - as in temporary. There are other reason for more chronic inflammation but it usually is either more chronic (not so much here and there) or short lived. Stress could contribute. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Is it common for costochondritis pain to vary throughtout the day without activity change? When its dull I hardly notice it, but then i'll get these sharp pains that take my breath away.
Not normally: Chostocondritis is usually consistent with activity and minimal at rest. ...Read more
Medicine and time: It is an inflammation of where the ribs connect to the sternum. Anti-inflammartory medicines like Aspirin or Motrin can often help. So time costochondritis is part of a larger underlying condition like rheumatoid arthritis. It it persists more than a week see your doc. ...Read more
Probably not: Smoking cannabis can make a lot of other things about you worse -- like your coordination, perceptions, thinking & problem solving, learning, memory, fertility, immune system activity, etc. But it will probably not make costochondritis worse. It may make you less aware of it, but it will also not heal it. ...Read more
Will a one time IM injection of toradol stop costochondritis...or will pain return when toradol wear off?
IM Toradol benefits: Hopefully all you will need is 1 IM dose of Toradol (30mg vs 60mg) to keep costochondritis symptoms at bay. Find that Toradol works well for symptoms which are "caught early". Hopefully that was your case. If it does wear off say after 2-3 weeks of >50% relief of symptoms, then you may benefit from short term oral NSAID (as long as your kidney function is good). Tricky area for topical meds. ...Read more
What can cause recurring bouts of costochondritis thru life? This pain came back suddenly yesterday, does so for a period of time, every year or so.
Yes, it can come: Back and unfortunately you can not do anything about it other than treat it with nsaid. ...Read more
Costochondritis almost gone so happy. After 8 torturous wks. Is this going to get better or going to come back? So relieved I stopped heavy lifting.
Unfortunately: It might come back, unless you remove what ever was the cause of it. Usually the cause is unknown, so it is difficult to remove something that is unknown. ...Read more
I get chest pains lately when my anxiety is bad and was wondering if there is a relation between costochondritis and anxiety?
Unlikely: Costochondritis & anxiety are not related. Costochondritis is inflammation of the cartilage between the ribs & sternum. You may be anxious due to the pain caused by costochondritis thinking it may be a heart attack. Anxiety in of itself can also cause symptoms of chest pain. Consider seeing a doctor for both conditions. NSAIDs may be used for costochondritis. Counseling & meds for anxiety ...Read more
Is is possible to get costochondritis from having really bad panic attacks? An for you to feel the pains in you shouldar sometimes also?
Does costochondritis recur easily? Haven't had problems in a while now my chest hurts again in the same place. Does anxiety make it worse?
I have 2-3 major sneezing fits a day, for over 20 years. This has caused costochondritis. It is becoming much worse. What can I do to lessen this?
Is costochondritis life threatening? I can pinpoint the pain when I squeeze my chest. Pain is there all the time & is not triggered from exertion.
Hi Dr, How can I differentiate between costochondritis and heartburn vs something worse? I have had a normal EKG.
How long does costochondritis typically last? It was due to upper resp infection. My first time having it. Taking anti-inflammatory meds and pain meds
Widw variation: It can be days to months, unfortunately. Conservative care eventually and usually gets rid of the problem. If one could only hold ones breathe indefinitely it wouldn't hurt. As that is not possible, then patience is the only thing we can hope for. ...Read more
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