Tietze's syndrome

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What is Tietze's syndrome?

Tietze syndrome is a rare, inflammatory disorder characterized by chest pain and swelling of the cartilage of one or more of the upper ribs (costochondral junction). Onset of pain may be gradual or sudden and may spread to affect the arms and/or shoulders.

Common symptoms reported by people with Tietze's syndrome

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, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Tietze's syndrome

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

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2) Tietze's syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol with Codeine #3)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Tietze's syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Tietze's syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Knee brace)
Type
Equipment
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)

Data from patients with Tietze's syndrome, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Tietze's syndrome

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

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2) Tietze's syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Celexa)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol with Codeine #3)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for Tietze's syndrome (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Tietze's syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Tietze's syndrome (1)
Treatment name(s)

(TENS Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Pamelor)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
weight gain
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Zoloft)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Knee brace)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

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


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 12
30s 12
40s 16
50s 14
60s 10
70+ 2
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5
20-29 years 11
30-39 years 9
40-49 years 4
50-59 years 2
60-69 years 1
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 5
Female 61

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 36
Not Diagnosed 6

These charts show data from Tietze's syndrome patients who have completed their condition history
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