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When a woman has costochondritis, what does it mean?

When a woman has costochondritis, what does it mean?

Inflammation: Costochondritis usually refers to an inflammation of the joint where the rib meets the sternum (breastbone). It manifests as chest wall pain and is typically treated with nsaids and rest. The key is having a doctor confirm the diagnosis and make sure they rule out other causes of chest pain. (cardiac, gerd, etc). ...Read more

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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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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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Can costochondritis make u feel sob?

Possibly: Costochondritis is inflammation of the chest wall and ribs. So deep inspiration can cause pain. Regular breathing should not be as painful. However, real shortness of breath can be caused by lung or heart issues. These should be discussed with your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I treat costochondritis pain?

Costochondritis: The best is to take a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. ...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 can be done about costochondritis?

See below: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is costochondritis?

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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Costochondritis, any good home remedies?

Costochondritis, any good home remedies?

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

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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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How can I cure or treat costochondritis?

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

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I need info on causes of costochondritis?

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

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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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How can I treat or treat costochondritis?

How can I treat or treat costochondritis?

NSAIDs: Costochondritis is felt to be an inflammatory process involving the junction between the cartilage and bone part of a rib. It's is traditionally treated with anti-inflammatory medication. ...Read more

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How will I know if I have costochondritis?

How will I know if I have costochondritis?

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 more

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Costochondritis takes how long to go away?

Costochondritis: No set time frame. Last days to weeks or months. ...Read more

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Does costochondritis pain change over time?

Does costochondritis pain change over time?

Yes. It gets better.: Costochondritis is a condition causing chest pains due to inflammation of the cartilages which connect the ribs to the breastbone (sternum). It is most common in young women and is often confused with pain from the heart. The outlook is very good and usually anti-inflammatory medicines will decrease the discomfort. ...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