Costochondritis is a painful condition of the chest wall often experienced by patients with fibromyalgia and autoimmune disease. It is caused by inflammation of the cartilage in the rib cage.
The condition affects the upper ribs that are attached to the breastbone and sternum. There is inflammation in either the costochondral, costosternal or sternoclavicular joints (or a combination). This causes pain and tenderness, that tends to be worse with movement and pressure. Chest pain can be mild to severe. If you touch or push on the area of your chest cartilage and it is painful, then it is most likely ‘chest pain’ resulting from costochondritis. It also can cause severe pain, that causes shooting pains down limbs and chest pain where it hurts to breathe. It can last from days to weeks.
Tietze’s syndrome is similar to costochondritis. Tietze's syndrome causes similar symptoms, is still due to inflammation, but tends to cause "swelling" at the costochondral, costosternal or sternoclavicular joints.
The two conditions are often used interchangeably.
Due to the missing enzymes, protease and DNase 1, the proinflammatory cytokines tumor necrosis factor (TNF) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) are elevated in patients with fibromyalgia, lupus, scleroderma, RA, Hashimoto's, and MS, and are directly linked to many of the symptoms found in these diseases. These cytokines are also involved in joint inflammation. destruction, and pain.
- Dry Brushing
- Hot/Cold Compresses and packs
- Sauna, Hot Tub
- Drink lots of water, also hot water can be soothing
- Light stretches, Tai Chi, Yoga
- Stick closely to anti inflammatory diet
- CBD Oil
- Cannabis, edibles - an anti inflammatory
- Kratom - excellent pain reliever
Please Note: ANY time you have chest pain, call your doctor! Best to be safe in the care of your health.