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Is costochondritis a problem of the lungs?

Is costochondritis a problem of the lungs?

No: It is a musculoskeletal condition where there is pain in the chest wall due to inflammation of the cartilage at the end of the ribs where they insert into the sternum (breastbone). This does not involve the lungs. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Hi, i've been having a small pain under my right breast (male) and, i've read up and people say it's a collapsed lung or costochondritis, do you know?

Hi, i've been having a small pain under my right breast (male) and, i've read up and people say it's a collapsed lung or costochondritis, do you know?

You are correct: You are correct that both of these conditions can give you chest pains - non cardiac, but usually they are located in different place and they stronger. Possibly you have muscular pain due to pulled muscle. ...Read more

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Costochondritis for a month.Have had heart,lungs and blood clots ruled out.On Motrin and ativan (lorazepam).Been having weird head pains for a week is it the meds?

Costochondritis for a month.Have had heart,lungs and blood clots ruled out.On Motrin and ativan (lorazepam).Been having weird head pains for a week is it the meds?

Motrin: Yes. Sometimes antiinflammatories can cause these side effects. Make sure you are taking the correct dose and check with your doctor. You may have to change this medication. ...Read more

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Is it normal for someone with costochondritis to feel new chest pains?

Is it normal for someone with costochondritis to feel new chest pains?

Yes: While costochondritis often causes the same type of pain whenever it acts up, it is a type of musculoskeletal pain. Musculoskeletal pains are extremely common in the general population with chest pain, and costochondritis patients are just as likely as anybody else to develop other types of musculoskeletal pain. Other common causes, e.g. Acid reflux, often co-exist as well. ...Read more

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Does costochondritis typically move around the chest from left to center of the chest?

Sometimes: Costochondritis is an inflammation in the small joints between the sternum-breast bone - and the ribs. Costchondritis is often idiopathic - meaning we don't know what causes it, but is frequently assumed to be viral in origin. At other times it is directly related to exercise using the upper extremities or trauma to the chest. It can move around the chest, but discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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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.

 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

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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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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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Chest cold and coughing alot. Will this make my chest hurt with costochondritis?

Chest cold and coughing alot. Will this make my chest hurt with costochondritis?

That & also the-: -intercostal muscles can become sore. With a chronic cough with chest pain, U could also have a pleurisy from an underlying pneumonia. B checked by Ur PCP ...Read more

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I get chest pains lately when my anxiety is bad and was wondering if there is a relation between costochondritis and anxiety?

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

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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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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.

No: It is annoying but self-limited. DO NOT CONTINUALLY TEST THE SORENESS. I only prolongs the discomfort. We do not understand the cause yet but it is a being condition. A mild pain killer like Aleve (naproxen) will help to keep your mind off of it. ...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?

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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I have costochondritis and I am overweight. When i exercise my chest gets painful. What can I do to decrease the pain? I've tried anti-inflammatories.

I have costochondritis and I am overweight. When i exercise my chest gets painful. What can I do to decrease the pain? I've tried anti-inflammatories.

Magnesium oil: Transdermal magnesium oil topically on skin can block substance p the mediator of pain. Zinc is also helpful. To lose weight try eating 6 small meals a day with fresh vegetables, high quality low fat protein like beans or fish, and small amounts of colorful tart fruits. Get a good night sleep, lower stress and move through the day avoiding movements that cause pain. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with costochondritis april 2013 but the chest pain recurrent or still here up to now is it normal or I have connective tissue diseas?

I  was diagnosed with costochondritis april 2013 but the chest pain recurrent  or still here up to now is it normal or I have connective tissue diseas?

costochondritis: Probably still costochondritis. It can be stubborn and difficult to treat. Make sure you are avoiding strenuous activities which may be preventing you from healing. Anti-inflammatory drugs are helpful. ...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