What Causes Costochondritis?

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Costochondritis is an inflammatory condition of the chest area, specifically the costosternal joints (the segments of cartilage connecting the rib bones to the sternum). The causes of costochondritis are not well understood at this time by the medical community, though symptoms often present themselves for one of a variety of reasons. Increased physical activity Many … Read more What Causes Costochondritis?

What is Costochondritis?

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Costochondritis is a an inflammation of the cartilage that joins the ribs to the sternum, typically resulting in pain. The cause of costochondritis is unknown usually (though there are many potential causes). Fortunately, costochondritis is harmless aside from the pain and there are a variety of treatments and home remedies available. Costochondritis will typically go … Read more What is Costochondritis?

Costochondritis Treatments

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Though costochondritis can be an anxiety-inducing and frustrating condition, there are a variety of treatment options available. Fortunately, many of these treatments are low cost home remedies. Different providers within the specialties that treat costochondritis may have different opinions on the best treatment option for you, but be sure to check with your physician before … Read more Costochondritis Treatments

Bad Posture and Costochondritis

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Bad posture can cause a cascade of medical conditions throughout the body including back and neck pain, trouble breathing, poor digestion, nerve issues and more. It’s no surprise that many people can trace the root of their costochondritis to problems with their posture. Bad posture puts stress on our joints and tissues, causing joint stiffness, … Read more Bad Posture and Costochondritis

Costochondritis or Cancer?

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Costochondritis is a temporary or acute inflammation that affects the cartilage in the chest. This type of inflammation attacks the cartilage in the sternum, which is the flat and long bone in the middle of the rib cage. Costochondritis typically causes chest pain that may last for several weeks or longer. Unfortunately, while it is … Read more Costochondritis or Cancer?

Costochondritis and Fibromyalgia


What is fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes widespread, constant muscular and skeletal pain throughout the body. It can give rise to extreme fatigue and tiredness, sleep issues, mood problems, memory weakness (sometimes called “brain fog”), headaches, and make you feel tired all the time. While symptoms may vary from person to person, Fibromyalgia … Read more Costochondritis and Fibromyalgia

Chest Pain, Anxiety, and Costochondritis

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Experiencing any kind of pain in your chest area can be downright terrifying. Many people automatically assume it to be a heart-related issue but in reality, chest pain can have many interpretations other than being related to the heart. Many other conditions such as costochondritis (inflammation in the area connecting the sternum to the rib … Read more Chest Pain, Anxiety, and Costochondritis

Costochondritis and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

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What is Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome? Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a set of rare inherited conditions that affect connective tissues which provide support in skin, organs, ligaments, tendons, blood vessels, and bones. Also referred to as Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (HEDS) this disorder is caused due to defects in the protein collagen. People with Ehler-Danlos Syndrome have loose … Read more Costochondritis and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Hot and Cold Therapy for Costochondritis

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Costochondritis is a condition that results in pain and inflammation in the chest area. It affects the breastbone in the ribs, which is the long bone in the middle that keeps the ribs together, often referred to as the sternum. Usually, the pain will disappear on its own, however, it can last for a long … Read more Hot and Cold Therapy for Costochondritis

Costochondritis and Vitamin D Deficiency

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Some people have reported improvement in their costochondritis symptoms after increasing their Vitamin D levels. Some of these people were diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency, and there are numerous case reports available. Vitamin D plays a role in so many processes throughout the body, that proper Vitamin D levels are clearly a critical cornerstone in … Read more Costochondritis and Vitamin D Deficiency