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Causes Of Rib Pain – What Is Costochondritis?

Causes Of Rib Pain – What Is Costochondritis?

October 29, 2016 @ 11:33 am
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Causes Of Rib Pain - What Is Costochondritis?

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Causes Of Rib Pain - What Is Costochondritis?

Costochondritis is a condition that can cause sharp rib pain. Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage connecting your ribs to your breastbone (also known as your sternum). The area where the sternum meets a rib is known as the costosternal joint.

Causes Of Rib Pain - What Is Costochondritis?

Costochondritis is the most common cause of chest pain originating in the chest wall. It can be especially frightening because the pain resembles the pain of a heart attack.

Causes Of Rib Pain - What Is Costochondritis?

Causes of costochondritis

Causes Of Rib Pain - What Is Costochondritis?

Not all costochondritis cases have a clear cause. But sometimes it's relatively easy to figure out.

Causes Of Rib Pain - What Is Costochondritis?

The most common cause is injury from a hard blow of some kind.

Causes Of Rib Pain - What Is Costochondritis?

Lifting, pushing, or pulling something that's too heavy is also a possible cause.

Causes Of Rib Pain - What Is Costochondritis?

Fibromyalgia is another possibility. Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain and tenderness in various areas of the body. The upper part of the breastbone is one of these. Fibromyalgia causes pain that feels similar to arthritis.

Infection can develop in the costosternal joint.

An upper respiratory infection that produces sneezing or a cough may also be a cause.

Symptoms

Pain is generally specific to the areas where the ribs meet the breastbone. Most of the time, the pain is sharp, although some costochondritis sufferers report an aching or gnawing type of pain.

For some reason, the pain often happens on the left side of the breastbone. But it can occur on either side.

When you have costochondritis, you'll probably feel pain just from breathing. Coughing or sneezing can be especially uncomfortable.

As mentioned above, people often think they're having a heart attack when they first experience costochondritis. But angina, or chest pain associated with a heart attack, tends to be more widespread across the chest.

Angina also feels as if it's coming from inside your chest. Costochondritis discomfort occurs more toward the outside where the ribs meet the breastbone.

Costochondritis pain also remains constant. Angina grows more intense with activity.

However, if your chest hurts, you're better being safe and seeking medical attention right away. Let the doctors figure out if your pain is caused by costochondritis or angina.

Treatment

Very often, costochondritis needs no treatment. The body heals itself in a few days. However, there have been cases where rib pain from costochondritis continued for several months.

You'll probably want to ease your pain until the condition heals. Doctors generally recommend NSAIDs, which are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

If pain is keeping you awake at night, your doctor may prescribe a type of medicine called tricyclic antidepressants.

He or she may also prescribe muscle relaxants, which should help ease your discomfort.

While you're healing, you should also try to rest. A heating pad may give you some relief. Take it easy and don't push your recovery. There's little you or your doctor can do except let the healing process take place in its own good time.

Causes Of Rib Pain - What Is Costochondritis?

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Costochondritis is a condition that can cause sharp rib pain. Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage connecting your ribs to your breastbone (also known as your sternum). The area where the sternum meets a rib is known as the costosternal joint.

Costochondritis is the most common cause of chest pain originating in the chest wall. It can be especially frightening because the pain resembles the pain of a heart attack.

Causes of costochondritis

Not all costochondritis cases have a clear cause. But sometimes it's relatively easy to figure out.

The most common cause is injury from a hard blow of some kind.

Lifting, pushing, or pulling something that's too heavy is also a possible cause.

Fibromyalgia is another possibility. Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain and tenderness in various areas of the body. The upper part of the breastbone is one of these. Fibromyalgia causes pain that feels similar to arthritis.

Infection can develop in the costosternal joint.

An upper respiratory infection that produces sneezing or a cough may also be a cause.


Symptoms

Pain is generally specific to the areas where the ribs meet the breastbone. Most of the time, the pain is sharp, although some costochondritis sufferers report an aching or gnawing type of pain.

For some reason, the pain often happens on the left side of the breastbone. But it can occur on either side.

When you have costochondritis, you'll probably feel pain just from breathing. Coughing or sneezing can be especially uncomfortable.

As mentioned above, people often think they're having a heart attack when they first experience costochondritis. But angina, or chest pain associated with a heart attack, tends to be more widespread across the chest.

Angina also feels as if it's coming from inside your chest. Costochondritis discomfort occurs more toward the outside where the ribs meet the breastbone.

Costochondritis pain also remains constant. Angina grows more intense with activity.

However, if your chest hurts, you're better being safe and seeking medical attention right away. Let the doctors figure out if your pain is caused by costochondritis or angina.


Treatment

Very often, costochondritis needs no treatment. The body heals itself in a few days. However, there have been cases where rib pain from costochondritis continued for several months.

You'll probably want to ease your pain until the condition heals. Doctors generally recommend NSAIDs, which are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

If pain is keeping you awake at night, your doctor may prescribe a type of medicine called tricyclic antidepressants.

He or she may also prescribe muscle relaxants, which should help ease your discomfort.

While you're healing, you should also try to rest. A heating pad may give you some relief. Take it easy and don't push your recovery. There's little you or your doctor can do except let the healing process take place in its own good time.

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  • Andres Barragan
    July 18, 2016

    Ok so i think i have costochondritis but when i take deep breathes i hear
    something pop, which makes the pain worse. What is this? Im only 14 and im
    experiencing this. This isnt a joke i really need to know what this pop is.
    Someone please reply if u know. I am serious.

    • Drake
      July 28, 2016

      same for me bro

    • Hella. Dora
      August 7, 2016

      +Drake did y’all go get checked?

  • JayKay 8
    August 11, 2016

    Caffeine aggravates the hell out of my costochondritis. What really helps
    relieve it is loads of greens in a smoothie: Kale, spinach, green apple,
    lemon, coconut water 1/2, water 1/2. I had this for 10 years and found out
    that once i started paying attention to the PH of my blood (more alkaline
    foods – less acid) the condition became very manageable. I use the green
    smoothie to alkalize every day.

  • Sally Heys
    August 20, 2016

    THANKYOU FOR THIS INFO, IVE HAD SEVERE PAIN IN RIBS FOR ABOUT 20 YRS! COMES
    AND GOES! GOT USE TO IT BUT STILL HATE IT, ON CONSTANT PAIN RELIEF BUT HAVE
    HIATUS HERNIA AND UPPER LEFT ABDOMINAL PAIN ON GOING! CANT DO ANYTHING
    ABOUT IT !!!!!

  • Sally Heys
    August 20, 2016

    im 50, being on pain relief for rest of my life is not good for
    kidneys,liver etc but got no choice!!!!

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