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I have this condition called costochondritis, does smoking weed makes it worse?

I have this condition called costochondritis, does smoking weed makes it worse?

Certainly does not: Make it better, since delayed healing is a known effect, but if that replaces other narcotics you ate taking to alleviate pain, make sure your doctor know about it and approve it. ...Read more

Dr. Christopher Piller
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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


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Can costochodritis occur because of smoking?

Can costochodritis occur because of smoking?

No: No relationship is known. However, It would not hurt to quit! (Just being a doctor (:-)>) ...Read more

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Is costochondritis dangerous?

Is costochondritis dangerous?

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

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How is costochondritis detected?

How is costochondritis detected?

Push on ribs: If the doctor pushes on the ribs or sternum and it reproduces pain, it's likely costochondritis. ...Read more

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Are there any meds for costochondritis?

Are there any meds for costochondritis?

Yes: Any antiinflammatory like nsaids (Ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen) like meds) will help. Remember to use the smallest possible dosis for the shortest period of time protecting your stomach with food, antacids, h2blockers (zantac) or ppis (prilosec). ...Read more

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What sort of disease is costochondritis?

Painful inflammation: Of the rib cartilage from seat belt any trauma that flexes the rib cage. ...Read more

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Does costochondritis need to be treated?

Yes: For pain and some swelling, it is self limited disease. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of costochondritis?

Pain: Symptoms include pain in the chest wall. Classically, the pain improves with aspirin. Signs include exquisite tenderness over the chest wall where the ribs and breastplate join together. ...Read more

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Is Costochondritis considered a disability?

Is Costochondritis considered a disability?

No: Disability means a person cannot do something that a person (without a particular illness or problem) can do. Costochondritis is not a disability because a person with costochondritis can still do many or most of the things that people without costochondritis can do. However, one can be disabled in one's own profession... which means that costochondritis may be a disability for a trumpet player. ...Read more

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What would cause recurring costochondritis?

Previous ones: Recurring costochondritis may occur due to the fact that there is a "weak" spot in your rib that had already been inflamed previously. It tends to be prone to subsequent injuries easier than the rest of the ribs. ...Read more

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What is costochondritis and what are the symptoms?

What is costochondritis and what are the symptoms?

Chest inflammation: Pain and inflammation where the rib cage meets the sternum in the middle of the chest. ...Read more

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Is costochondritis contagious?

Is costochondritis contagious?

Tietzes syndrome: No it is not, please refer below for more information

See this link: http://www. Healthline. Com/health/costochondritis ...Read more

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Is there a cure for costochondritis?

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 more

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Is there a cure for costochondritis?

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

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Can costochondritis make skin swell up?

Can costochondritis make skin swell up?

Costochondritis: There can be mild swelling at the costochondral sternal junction but it is usually minimal. More common to have more pain than swelling ...Read more

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Can low vit d levels cause costochondritis?

Costochondritis: The cause of costochondritis is not fully understood but is thought to be secondary to overuse, trauma, and possibly a recent upper respiratory infection. There is no clear association with vitamin d levels. ...Read more

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Is there an OTC cure for costochondritis pain?

Costochondritis: Costochondritis is inflammation of the cartilage that connects your breastbone to your ribs. It can be effectively treated with nsaids, such as Ibuprofen (advil) or naprosyn (naproxen) (aleve). Application of ice may be helpful at relieving symptoms. Good luck! ...Read more

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Do people with costochondritis have a lot of pain?

Yes: It can be bery painful to breath cough laugh sneeze Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack can help. ...Read more

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How do costochondritis and Crohn's disease differ?

See below: Those are complete different and wholly unrelated conditions. It's like apples to broccoli. Costochondritis is inflammation of the cartilage between your ribs & breastbone & possibly of the ribs too. It's basically bruising. Crohns disease is an inflammatory disease that causes irritation, malabsorption, & diarrhea of the intestines (and possibly the stomach and esophagus) plus other issues. ...Read more

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Is costochondritis a ongoing condition like diabetes?

Is costochondritis a ongoing condition like diabetes?

No: No, it is not a chronic condition. Costochondritis is an inflammatory condition that involves the part of the rib where the cartilage and bone join. It usually will resolve or respond to treatment. It is not a chronic condition like diabetes is. ...Read more

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How are costochondritis and Crohn's disease different?

How are costochondritis and Crohn's disease different?

Inflammationlocation: Costochondiritis is inflammation of the cartilage between your ribs and sternum (bone in the middle of your chest) and crohn's disease is inflammation of your large intestine. ...Read more

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Could a sternal rub potentially cause costochondritis?

Could a sternal rub potentially cause costochondritis?

Yes: Any rubbing, stretching, or trauma to the rib region can injure these muscles. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have angina pain or costochondritis?

How can I tell if I have angina pain or costochondritis?

See details: If you have tenderness to palpation over the costochondral joints, you likely have costochondritis. If you have chest pain associated with exertion and not local tenderness it may be related to coronary artery disease. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pleurisy and costochondritis?

What is the difference between pleurisy and costochondritis?

Inside vs outside: Pleurisy is an inflammation of the inside lining of the chest and lungs. Costochrondritis is inflammation of the outside chest wall rib joints and muscle. ...Read more

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How can I treat costochondritis without anti-inflammatories?

Ice, rest: I usually recommend a combination a combo
of rest, ice and nsaids to help alleviate
your symptoms
if you don't want to use nsaids, that's fine,
but I believe the meds will help unless you
have contraindications to taking them. ...Read more

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I am wondering which autoimmune illnesses can cause costochondritis?

I am wondering which autoimmune illnesses can cause costochondritis?

CAN BE BY ITSELF: Costochondritis can simply be mild inflammation of the tissue between ribs and may be not be associated with ant other disease and this would be the most common cause. Trauma can cause the inflammation by simply lifting something heavy. Rarely, it could be associated with other illnesses such as rheumatoid or lupus. However costochondritis is not typically the 1st problem of those illnesses. ...Read more