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Doctor insights on: Over The Counter Treatment For Costochondritis

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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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Is there a treatment for costochondritis/rib pain?

Is there a treatment for costochondritis/rib pain?

NSAIDs: Many will improve with aspirin, ibuprofen, Naproxen (all over the counter); there are also prescription anti-inflammatory medications. If you use the over the counter, read the package instructions and warning. See your primary provider if it does not get better. ...Read more

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What's the treatment for costochondritis?

NSAIDs: A common treatment is Ibuprofen which treats the inflammation that causes the pain. ...Read more

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My Dr has diagnosed me with Costochondritis. What is Costochondritis in simple terms and what should I avoid and for how long also what's treatment ?

My Dr has diagnosed me with Costochondritis. What is Costochondritis in simple terms and what should I avoid and for how long also what's treatment ?

Inflammation: the condition is an inflammation of the soft tissue at the edge of the ribs. Usually treated. With anti inflammation medicine, possibly exercises. Can take 2-4 weeks to resolve. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for costochondritis if I cannot take anti-inflammatory medications due to chronic kidney disease?

What is the best treatment for costochondritis if I cannot take anti-inflammatory medications due to chronic kidney disease?

Topical Ice: Initially topical ice is probably the best choice. If after a few days this is not resolving, a doctor with the appropriate training could consider doing a steroid injection in the affected cartilage. ...Read more

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Chest pain with breathing deep for 4 days. On day 5: stinging, pulsating pain in left chest lasting 2 hours since waking up, intensity 3/10. Gone without treatment. Could this be costochondritis ?

Chest pain with breathing deep for 4 days. On day 5: stinging, pulsating pain in left chest lasting 2 hours since waking up, intensity 3/10. Gone without treatment. Could this be costochondritis ?

Yes, but: These symptoms could also be more serious. These symptoms could be due to clot in the pulmonary arteries (pulmonary embolism) or abnormal blood flow to the heart. The additional patient information listed with your question implies recent workup with d-dimer, ECG and chest xr, so maybe you have already been seen. If you have not yet, please see your doctor or go to the emergency department. ...Read more

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Need legit info about costochondritis and treatments?

Need legit info about costochondritis and treatments?

Rib/breastbone joint: Costochondritis is pain in the joints where your ribs meet your breastbone. Causes: heavy lifting or intense exercise; any illness with lots of coughing/sneezing; blow to your chest. Local treatments include creams [over the counter capsaicin, Aspirin or rx diclofenac], Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen or prescription pain relievers. Gentle stretching or heating pads may also help. ...Read more

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What kind of physical therapy good for costochondritis ?

What kind of physical therapy good for costochondritis ?

Costochondritis: Consider gentle massage, modalities, progressive flexibility, and stabilization approach. ...Read more