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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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Does costochondritis really feel like your having a heart attack?So how can I know which one?Normal 2decho, ecg, stress test, chest xray

Does costochondritis really feel like your having a heart attack?So how can I know which one?Normal 2decho, ecg, stress test, chest xray

With all those tests: You should feel pretty confident of the diagnosis. Pain at yourcostochondral joints is generally reproducible with pressure on the joint(s) affected by the inflammation. And yes, the pain can feel very much like a heart attack. ...Read more

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What are tests for costochondritis other than pushing?

What are tests for costochondritis other than pushing?

None: The diagnosis is generally made by physical exam and clinical presentation. ...Read more

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What is the best type of bra to wear when sufferering from costochondritis?

Soft kind: You could wear the soft kind with no metal stripes in the front (nursing bra). Thank you. ...Read more

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Can lightheadedness and costochondritis be associated? I have been diagnosed with costochondritus for about one year and this seems to be a new sympt.

Can lightheadedness and costochondritis be associated? I have been diagnosed with costochondritus for about one year and this seems to be a new sympt.

No: Costochondritis is an inflammatory condition at the junction of the bone and cartilage portions of the rib and is characterized by pain and tenderness, but it really would have no association with lightheadedness. Consider being checked. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Does costochondritis come and go frequently and very painfully. One minute it hurts next min it goes away, then comes back to same spots and different?

Does costochondritis come and go frequently and very painfully. One minute it hurts next min it goes away, then comes back to same spots and different?

Costochondritis: Costochondritis doesn't usually move around as the inflammation persists in an area where there is associated tenderness to the touch. The discomfort is not a fleeting type as opposed to pinched nerves in the rib cage which give a sharp,shooting pain. See your physician who can differentiate the different types of chest wall discomfort by examining you. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to have costochondritis on one side under armpit?

Is it possible for you to have costochondritis on one side under armpit?

No: There are no costochondral joints in that area. The costochondral joints are only located at the point the ribs attached to the sternum or breast bone. ...Read more

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Which type of doctor would be best for treating costochondritis?

Primary physician: I would recommend starting with your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis and initiate treatment. If your symptoms remain persistent, it would be reasonable to see an orthopedist. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor would be best to see for treating costochondritis?

What kind of doctor would be best to see for treating costochondritis?

Orthopaedic surgeon: Orthopaedic surgeons, usually those trained in sports medicine and arthroscopy, care for osteochondritis. When it occurs in the foot and ankle, some foot and ankle surgeons (orthopaedists, podiatrists) care for it too. Costochondritis sounds similar but is inflammation of the rib cartilage. It does not need a specialist, usually treated with Ibuprofen or similar medications. ...Read more