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Is it normal for costochondritis to appear suddenly? (Upper right chest, next sternum). What is the best home care, and how long should it last?

Is it normal for costochondritis to appear suddenly? (Upper right chest, next sternum). What is the best home care, and how long should it last?

Costochondritis....: Costochondritis is due to inflammation of the cartilage of the rib cage. It can appear suddenly. If pressing on the affected area of the chest wall reproduces the pain, costochondritis is probable. Treatment includes antiinflammatory meds like ibuprofen and applying heat or cold to the area, whichever decreases discomfort. The pain can last a few days. See your doctor if the diagnosis is uncertain ...Read more

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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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Been having chest pinches&pulls since March esp with movement involving chest. Have done echo,ekg,xrays all normal.Can costochondritis last this long?

Been having chest pinches&pulls since March esp with movement involving chest. Have done echo,ekg,xrays all normal.Can costochondritis last this long?

It can be chronic...: Hi! Sorry you're not feeling well! Costochondritis can actually last for over a year. Stretching and NSAIDs like ibuprofen can be very beneficial (I suspect you're probably already trying these); sometimes, however, an injection of local anesthetic is necessary for cases that last many months. It sounds like you've had a good workup so far (echo, etc.). Did they also rule-out blood clot? ...Read more

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Is it normal for costochondritis to wake me up? And last all day? Burning pain under left breast for 2 years. Ruled out cardiac. Can't take antiinflam

Is it normal for costochondritis to wake me up? And last all day? Burning pain under left breast for 2 years. Ruled out cardiac. Can't take antiinflam

Unlikely: The duration of your symptoms for years makes costochondritis less likely, but may still be contributing if waxing and waning symptoms. Trial of steroid burst/rapid taper may be adequate to assess if inflammatory component is contributing. If no response, consider alternative etiologies and work up: GI, pain medicine, etc. ...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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Can a teenager get angina? I been having chest pains since i was 16 and drs say its costochondritis. Normal xrays and ekgs but im still nervous. Im 18

Can a teenager get angina? I been having chest pains since i was 16 and drs say its costochondritis. Normal xrays and ekgs but im still nervous. Im 18

Unlikely, angina . Anxiety?: this can be part of a generalized anxiety disorder. While it was is important to rule out cardiac ischemia (Angina) even lower chance, given age and normal ekg, why dont your normal test reassure you? They are negatve for disease and positive for health be well ...Read more

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Diagnosed with costochondritis. normal ECG bloodwork xray but still fear the pain is something more serious.I am a20 y/o male no past health problems ?

Diagnosed with costochondritis. normal ECG bloodwork xray but still fear the pain is something more serious.I am a20 y/o male no past health problems
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Chest pain: Hi, at healthy adult ur age the most common cause of the pain in the chest pain is inflammation of muscles, bones and cartilage in chest wall, trust ur treating doctor and go on with ur life, Best of luck. ...Read more

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Have costochondritis, suddenly finding it difficult to breath, is this normal? Its worrying as i havent had this symptom previous nights

Maybe: Costochondritis may cause pain with deep breaths, but if the pain is severe or persists, I would recommend being checked out to make sure nothing else is going on that could be more serious. ...Read more