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What causes costchondritis? I have been diagnosed with this condition several times. Can it be avoided?

What causes costchondritis? I have been diagnosed with this condition several times. Can it be avoided?

Inflammation: This situation is usually caused by stress on the cartilage joining the ribs to the breast bone. Poor posture, bending over to study or work (over a desk), lifting, bending and stooping which crams the joints together and other activities (like certain exercises and weight lifting) can inflame these areas. Usually painful to push in on the breast bone or along the edges (reproduces the pain). ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Piller
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Costochondritis (Definition)

Costochondritis is a condition of rib cartilage inflammation. This can cause chest pain, especially when ...Read more


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Costchondritis what symptoms can I expect? I have been feeling weird palpitations and short of breath I have no heart issues

Costchondritis what symptoms can I expect? I have been feeling weird palpitations and short of breath I have no heart issues

Palpable chest pain: Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilidge-bone junction in the rib cage. It leads to palpable point tenderness that might be aggravated by chest wall manipulation or deep breaths (when chest cavity expands). It is an inflammatory process that responds to antiinflammatory meds/reassurance. It should be distinguished from such things as pulmonary embolism (dangerous) by a physician. ...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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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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