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How will I know if I have costochondritis?

How will I know if I have costochondritis?

Diagnosis of...: ...Exclusion. Symptoms of costochondritis are from chest wall pain, which can be hard to distinguish from those of more serious conditions (heart, lung, blood clots). Doctors first "rule out" these other conditions. If your symptoms and the doctors findings while examining you support the diagnosis of costochondritis, there is your answer. Treatment is anti-inflammatory measures & pain relief. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Piller
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Costochondritis (Definition)

Costochondritis is 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


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How do I know if I have costochondritis pain and not a heart attack?

How do I know if I have costochondritis pain and not a heart attack?

Character of pain: If pain is alongside your breast bone (sternum) and is worsened by pressing along the ribs there, or worsened by coughing or deep breathing, more likely costochondritis and less likely heart attack ... If worsened by activity, and associated with nausea, sweating, arm or neck pain, lightheadedness, shortness of breath and not with touching the ribs near the sternum, then possibly angina. ...Read more

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Is there any new info about Costochondritis ? I was diagnosed with it and I find it weird nobody knows why it happens or anything.

Is there any new info about Costochondritis ? I was diagnosed with it and I find it weird nobody knows why it happens or anything.

Nothing new: There are many, many medical conditions that we can describe and treat but do not have a known cause. It just is. With costochondritis, because it is minor, treatable and doesn't cause long-term effects it is unlikely that much research will be devoted to it. ...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

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Are there any meds for costochondritis?

Are there any meds for costochondritis?

Yes: Any antiinflammatory like nsaids( Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) like meds) will help. Remember to use the smallest possible dosis for the shortest period of time protecting your stomach with food, antacids, h2blockers ( zantac) or ppis (prilosec). ...Read more

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What can be done about costochondritis?

See below: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is costochondritis?

What sort of disease is costochondritis?

Painful inflammation: Of the rib cartilage from seat belt any trauma that flexes the rib cage. ...Read more

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