Common "Costochondritis" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


The inflammation of the cartilage present in the rib cage is called costochondritis. This inflammation results in pain in the upper or middle rib area, which can radiate to the back or abdomen. The causes include chest trauma, respiratory infections, and physical strain.

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Are my symptoms of chest heaviness and tightness due to costochondritis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having ongoing chest heaviness and tightness unresponsive to inhalers and Prednisone. My chest X-ray has been normal, and a chest CT scan as well as stress echo and regular echocardiogram. The only diagnosis I have is esophagitis and gastritis, but I have been taking medicati...  Read Full »

Dr. Manav Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Since your doctor has ruled out the respiratory and the medical causes of your chest tightness, possibilities are that of costochondritis or muscular weakness, fibromyalgia, ankylosing spondylitis, rheumatic diseases. There are a few questions I need you to answer: Is t...  Read Full »

I have sharp chest pain with breathing difficulty. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 20-year-old female. My height is 5'1" and weighs around 160 pounds. I am having sharp burning pain in my chest and back in the mid to left side between the shoulder blades and under the breast bone. It lasts between 30 minutes and a few hours of this sharp pain. Usually, it becom...  Read Full »

Dr. Yermal Tanmai Deelip

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query. I would like to know some more details about your present complaint. What type of murmur has your doctor described? History of which heart disease your family has and who has it? Is your chest pain associated with any other symptoms li...  Read Full »

My doctor suggested I may have chondritis. Please suggest.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 21 years old, and I visited my GP today, who thinks that I may have chondritis. I just have a question regarding the difference between this and heart attacks. The pain has been varying from the right side of my left pectoral to the left side of my left pectoral muscle. Being fairly ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello,Welcome to, to begin with, the probability of heart attack is very less at this age. Costochondritis pain will increases on applying pressure over the area, if yes, it could be costochondritis. This is the most important sign of costochondritis. Heart attack pain will be ve...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for severe pain in the left middle rib?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having severe left middle rib pain for about a month and now it is always hurting. I had an upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, left kidney CT scan, gallbladder ultrasound, blood work, and HIDA scan and found nothing, but I have a torturous colon. The pain gets pretty bad and I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rahul Goel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your history, it seems to be an inflammation of one or more of the cartilages that connect the ribs to the breastbone. It is a condition called Tietze syndrome (when there is a swelling over the painful area) or costochondritis (no swelling, only pain). This condi...  Read Full »

I have pain and burning sensation in my left breast. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am having a lot of pain and burning in my chest. I had an ECG done about 20 days back which was normal. I have pain on the left side, (it is like on my breast) sometimes I feel it moves. I have been suffering from this since more than a year. Last year, I went through a complete eva...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are two possibilities in you, first is costochondritis (musculoskeletal) and the second possibility is of gastric reflux followed by fibroadenosis. Such a long duration of the pain and pain which increases on movements or pressing over the same site is usually ...  Read Full »

I am diagnosed with scleroderma. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I traveled to a different country to get more in depth testing of multiple health problems. I was diagnosed with the start of scleroderma, because of my gastrointestinal symptoms, idiopathic angioedema, thickened skin, weird blood vessels (tiny red tree-like veins), family history of scle...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Considering your symptoms, scleroderma (an autoimmune disorder characterized by skin hardening) could be a possibility. To assess further, it's essential to determine the pattern of sclerosis, which typically starts from the hands and spreads to the main trunk. Additiona...  Read Full »

I am getting pain in the middle of my chest on sudden movement. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am getting pain in the middle of my chest when I put pressure on it such as while sleeping when I suddenly wake up or turn around. Why?  Read Full »

Dr. C. Elanchezhian

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Costochondritis is the most common cause of sternum pain. It occurs when the cartilage between the sternum and ribs becomes inflamed and irritated. Try the following methods. 1. Ice pack to your chest. 2. You can take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, like Ibupro...  Read Full »

I have sharp chest pain. Is it costochondritis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 40 year old female. I have a BMI of 17. I am a recovering eating disorder patient and also suffer from GERD, GAD, and low BP (105/60 mm of Hg). I saw a cardio two years ago and cleared. I developed a burning, sharp chest pain (more intense than normal GERD pain), in the upper-le...  Read Full »

Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I passed carefully through your question and would explain that your symptoms are not typical of any cardiac disorders. They could be suggestive of costochondritis or gastro-esophageal reflux. Is the pain triggered by deep breathing or pressure in this chest area? Th...  Read Full »

What medicine should I take for chest pain when breathing?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old male. For the past two days, I have been getting normal pain in the left side of my heart. Previously, I had the same experience previously, but for two days, I have been continuously feeling pain while I am breathing. Please suggest a medicine.  Read Full »

Dr. Talapatra Ritendra Nath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your diagnosis is costochondritis, a localized infection of the intercostal muscle. I suggest the following medicines. Take Tablet Azithral (Azithromycin) 500 once a day for six days, Tablet Zerodol-P (Aceclofenac and Paracetamol) twice a day for three days, Tablet Ra...  Read Full »

I have chest discomfort and pain with deep breaths. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 36 year old, otherwise healthy (as far as I know) female. I was a smoker earlier. No history of heart disease. My mother has COPD, but has been a long time smoker.  Two and a half weeks ago, I went on a hayride with my sons. I have a short stature. To get on and off the hayrid...  Read Full »

Dr. Rathee Rahul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are right, muscular pain will not last so long. Pleurisy: It is an inflammation of the outer covering of lungs.It is most commonly caused by infections in which condition there will be fever which is not present in your case.Rarely it can also be caused by chest tr...  Read Full »

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