Zaniyah. Age: 22.
Costochondritis is an inflammation of the junctions where the upper ribs join with the cartilage that holds them to the breastbone, or sternum. The condition causes localized chest pain that you can often reproduce by pushing on the cartilage in the front of your ribcage. Much of the medical literature suggests that it will usually go away on its own within a few days, but some patients report symptoms that can linger for weeks or even months.
Stella. Age: 24.
Costochondritis - causes, symptoms, treatment
Although chest pain is often—and rightfully— associated with heart disease, other medical problems can be causes of chest pain. Angina—feelings of pressure, heaviness, tightness. You can learn more about angina in the Harvard Special Health Report Diseases of the Heart: A compendium of common heart condition and the latest treatments.
Cynthia. Age: 27.
Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage in the rib cage. The condition usually affects the cartilage where the upper ribs attach to the breastbone, or sternuman area known as the costosternal joint or costosternal junction. Chest pain caused by costochondritis can range from mild to severe. Mild cases may only cause your chest to feel tender to touch or some pain when you push on the area of your chest cartilage.
When no cardiac or lung problems are found, however, the treatment is often to ignore the problem and hope it goes away. If it lasts long enough to become chronic pain -- meaning that it is consistently present and lasts for 6 to 12 weeks -- the patient is frequently started on pain medications or treatments ranging from the mild, such as ibuprofen or chiropractic, to the more significant, such as narcotic pain relievers, injections, or nerve blocks. It may radiate up into the neck, to the back, or into either arm. Sometimes it presents with a pain similar to heartburn.