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What are the symptoms of costochondritis?
The symptoms of costochondritis are a sharp pain in the chest that is worse when you cough or sneeze, and tenderness or swelling in the joints of the rib cage.
What causes costochondritis?
Costochondritis is a symptom (chest pain resulting from inflammation) that can be caused by several factors, such as muscle strain, arthritis, vitamin D deficiency, or more serious causes such as heart problems or tumors.
How is costochondritis diagnosed?
Costochondritis is usually diagnosed by physical examination with your doctor. They may perform some additional tests, such as ECG and CT scan, to rule out more serious underlying causes of chest pain such as heart problems or infection.
How is costochondritis treated?
Costochondritis is treated using pain-relief medications, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
Will costochondritis clear on its own?
Yes. Costochondritis usually resolves itself within a few weeks. You may want to take pain-relief medication during that time.
Can costochondritis be prevented?
No. Costochondritis can not be prevented as it appears spontaneously.
Will costochondritis keep coming back?
If your costochondritis is caused by muscle overuse, it can keep coming back if you continue the activities that cause muscle strain. Similarly, if conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis are the cause of costochondritis, they can …
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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 13 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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