Costochondritis

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What is costochondritis?

Costochondritis is a benign inflammation of the costal cartilage, which is a length of cartilage which connects each rib, except the eleventh and twelfth, to the sternum. It causes pain in the chest that can be reproduced by pressing on the affected area between the ribs.

Common symptoms reported by people with costochondritis

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with costochondritis

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
12
Tried for
costochondritis (8) Pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
11
Tried for
Pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
10
Tried for
Insomnia (8) Pain (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
costochondritis (8) Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
9
Tried for
Pain (8) costochondritis (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
costochondritis (7) Pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
Pain (6) costochondritis (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Depressed mood (5) Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
6
Tried for
Pain (5) Insomnia (2)
1 more

Data from patients with costochondritis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with costochondritis

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Naprosyn)
Perceived effectiveness
for costochondritis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Fast heart rate (tachycardia) gastric ulcer
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
costochondritis (8) Pain (7)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (6 evaluations)
Side effects
Blurry vision Constant tiredness 8 more
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
Pain (11)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (7 evaluations)
Side effects
Drugged feeling Suicidal thoughts or urges
Total evaluations
8
Tried for
Insomnia (8) Pain (3)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for costochondritis (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Stomach pain Upset stomach
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
costochondritis (8) Pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (8) costochondritis (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for costochondritis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
costochondritis (7) Pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Hot and cold flashes 1 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (6) costochondritis (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dry mouth
Total evaluations
5
Tried for
Depressed mood (5) Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Drowsiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (6)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Abdominal bloating Depressed mood 7 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Pain (5) Insomnia (2)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with costochondritis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has costochondritis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 46
30s 93
40s 106
50s 90
60s 34
70+ 11
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 37
20-29 years 71
30-39 years 57
40-49 years 57
50-59 years 26
60-69 years 7
70+ years 0

Sex

Distribution of sex

91% Female
9% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 289
Not Diagnosed 21

These charts show data from costochondritis patients who have completed their condition history
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