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Had flu with cough, rib pain, increases on deep breathing, sneezing. How to heal quickly?

My doctor said I probably have Tietzes Syndrome . I recently had a very bad col/ flu associated with a cough and once that was clear I have now recently developed extremely sore rib/ breast pain that increases in intensity when I breath in deeply or cough and exceptionly painful when I sneeze .I am fit and healthy normally. How do I heal myself as quick as I can?
Asked On : Tue, 1 Jan 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response

Welcome to HCM,

You suffered a Viral infection recently and developed this pain in costal cartilages and ribs at joints.

This is benign condition and there is swelling and inflammation at the joint.There is Costochondritis in this condition.

It is related with respiratory movement and in sneezing movement is there so more painful.

In this condition pain may even radiate to left shoulder and arm and mimic Cardiac pain, hence it is necessary to rule out cardiac cause by EKG.

Relief is there by reducing the movement of chest.

Cold compress locally/and/or massage also help to reduce pain.Stress may increase pain so keep it to minimum as far as possible.

Some anti-inflammatory drug may be take with consultation of your treating doctor.

Some time local injection of steroid or local anesthetic may be required for pain.

Usually with time this condition improves in few weeks may be 6 to 12 weeks maximum.

Take care

Good Luck

Answered: Tue, 1 Jan 2013
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