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, fatigue, pain, and stress) 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)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
7
Tried for
pain (5) costochondritis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (3) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
5
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (4) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
pain (3) costochondritis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
costochondritis (3) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
costochondritis (2) pain (1)

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)

(Naproxen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
pain (5) costochondritis (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
drug induced psychosis dry mouth 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (3) anxious mood (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
constipation difficulty urinating (dysuria) 11 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (5)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
pain (4) anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (2 evaluations)
Side effects
gastrointestinal bleeding
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
pain (3) costochondritis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Celebrex)
Perceived effectiveness
for costochondritis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
costochondritis (3) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cymbalta)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
dry mouth
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
depressed mood (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Ibuprofen Prescription)
Perceived effectiveness
for costochondritis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
acid reflux
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
costochondritis (2) pain (1)
  • 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 5
20s 44
30s 103
40s 134
50s 122
60s 57
70+ 16
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 39
20-29 years 79
30-39 years 64
40-49 years 64
50-59 years 27
60-69 years 9
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 42
Female 440

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 339
Not Diagnosed 25

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