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What Is Costchondritis
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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