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Is There A Cure For Costochondritis
I do not think so: The goals of treatment are to reduce inflammation and to control pain. To accomplish these goals, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents (nsaids) are used, with Ibuprofen usually selected as the drug of choice. Additional treatment, moist heat, and steroid injection.Thank you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Usually it will calm down with a decent nsaid medication. You may need to refrain from heavy exercises especially using your upper extremities. It can sometimes take several weeks to calm down, but usually is not a chronic problem. ...Read more
Pain meds, Steroids: Unless there is an infectious component to your condition, the main first-line treatment is taking NSAID medications, such as ibuprofen. If this does not work after 3-4 weeks, occasionally a steroid injection can help. In some patients with underlying GI problems, certain medications called ppis (such as prilosec) can also be effective. The condition typically lasts from a few weeks to a year. ...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
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
Mosit heat or ice: Over-the-counter pain relievers. Costochondritis symptoms can often be controlled with Acetaminophen (tylenol, others), Ibuprofen (advil, motrin, others) or Naproxen (aleve). Mosit heat or ice. Try placing hot compresses or a heating pad to the painful area several times a day. Keep the heat on a low setting. Ice also may be helpful. Rest. Avoid activities that make your pain worse. ...Read more
Pain rib/cartilage: Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone-sternum. Common causes are : injury & coughing and rare causes: rheumatoid arthritis, infection, & tumor. Costochondritis occurs most often in women and in people older than 40. See also http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/costochondritis/ds00626. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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