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What causes costochondritis?

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Posted on Mon, 8 Aug 2016
Question: Hello
I have a quick question I cannot see my Dr till later this week
44 yr old women do suffer from costochondritus
I walk daily 30 min no issues had complete work up done in May of this year for cardio all normal
Question is my ribs area near and across the sternum where they meet is very sore and hurts the only thing I did different to say was some stomach crunches could this be causing this ache and flare up my Costo
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Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka (21 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
I would explain as follows:

Detailed Answer:
Hello!

Welcome back on HCM!

Regarding your concern, i would explain that your symptoms seems quite compatible with chostochondritis.

The location of the pain that you describe is typical of chostochondritis.

Is the pain exacerbated by hand pressure or body movements? This would be another argument in favor of chostochondritis as the main cause of this pain.

Other possible cause to consider would be gastro-esophageal reflux (as your symptoms have been triggered by eating). An antiacid or PPI (omeprazole, lansoprazole) would cause pain relief in such case.

Anyway, as a cardiologist I would assure you that yours symptoms are not related to any cardiac disorder. So relax and do not worry about it!

I recommend taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen for the pain. If the symptoms persist, I would recommend trying an antiacid or PPI.

Hope you will find this answer helpful!

I remain at your disposal for any other questions whenever you need me!

Kind regards,

Dr. Iliri


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Ilir Sharka (45 minutes later)
Hello
Thank you for your response like I said I did not do anything different other than the stomach crunches today and I think this can bring on flare up it is sore to touch in certain spots also I will try a acid
Again my concern was if it was cardiac related
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Answered by Dr. Ilir Sharka (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Your symptoms are not related to any cardiac disorders.

Detailed Answer:
Hello again!

As a cardiologist, I would assure you that your symptoms are not cardiac related!

So just relax and do not worry about it!

I recommend follow my advises (try acetaminophen and then an antiacid) for pain relief.

Hope to have been helpful!

Feel free to ask any other questions whenever you need!

Best wishes,

Dr. Iliri
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What causes costochondritis?

Brief Answer: I would explain as follows: Detailed Answer: Hello! Welcome back on HCM! Regarding your concern, i would explain that your symptoms seems quite compatible with chostochondritis. The location of the pain that you describe is typical of chostochondritis. Is the pain exacerbated by hand pressure or body movements? This would be another argument in favor of chostochondritis as the main cause of this pain. Other possible cause to consider would be gastro-esophageal reflux (as your symptoms have been triggered by eating). An antiacid or PPI (omeprazole, lansoprazole) would cause pain relief in such case. Anyway, as a cardiologist I would assure you that yours symptoms are not related to any cardiac disorder. So relax and do not worry about it! I recommend taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen for the pain. If the symptoms persist, I would recommend trying an antiacid or PPI. Hope you will find this answer helpful! I remain at your disposal for any other questions whenever you need me! Kind regards, Dr. Iliri