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What Is The Best Type Of Bra To Wear When Sufferering From Costochondritis
Soft kind: You could wear the soft kind with no metal stripes in the front (nursing bra). Thank you.
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Primary physician: I would recommend starting with your primary care physician to confirm the diagnosis and initiate treatment. If your symptoms remain persistent, it would be reasonable to see an orthopedist.
Is it normal for costochondritis to appear suddenly? (Upper right chest, next sternum). What is the best home care, and how long should it last?
Costochondritis....: Costochondritis is due to inflammation of the cartilage of the rib cage. It can appear suddenly. If pressing on the affected area of the chest wall reproduces the pain, costochondritis is probable. Treatment includes antiinflammatory meds like ibuprofen and applying heat or cold to the area, whichever decreases discomfort. The pain can last a few days. See your doctor if the diagnosis is uncertain
What are the best ways to reduce shortness of breath associated with costochondritis? MD prescription and home remedies?
Pain meds to reduce: The inflammation from it and supporting hte chest by taping it or using a cushion against the painful site would certainly help. Doing slow deep breathing exercises daily (5-6 times) for 3-5 minutes each time, can be helpful. The Costochondritis will run its course over 2-3 weeks or so. If not improving or getting worse, make sure you see your PCP to ensure nothing else is going on. Good Luck.
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.
I can't take NSAIDs and have costochondritis. What is the best way to reduce inflammation without taking steroids, such as prednisone?
Time/Rest and Ice: As above - why can;t you take NSAIDs??
Orthopaedic surgeon: Orthopaedic surgeons, usually those trained in sports medicine and arthroscopy, care for osteochondritis. When it occurs in the foot and ankle, some foot and ankle surgeons (orthopaedists, podiatrists) care for it too. Costochondritis sounds similar but is inflammation of the rib cartilage. It does not need a specialist, usually treated with Ibuprofen or similar medications.
Will a one time IM injection of toradol stop costochondritis...or will pain return when toradol wear off?
IM Toradol benefits: Hopefully all you will need is 1 IM dose of Toradol (30mg vs 60mg) to keep costochondritis symptoms at bay. Find that Toradol works well for symptoms which are "caught early". Hopefully that was your case. If it does wear off say after 2-3 weeks of >50% relief of symptoms, then you may benefit from short term oral NSAID (as long as your kidney function is good). Tricky area for topical meds.
My sciatica flare up and costochondritis type symptoms seem to go hand in hand, any nerve type link between the two issues?
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.
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.
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