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Costochondritis and Tietze's Syndrome Support
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Welcome to costochondrits, a support community for people with Costochrondritis, Tietze Syndrome and related conditions.

There is very little support available specifically for Costochondritis and Tietze's sufferers so hopefully we can all reach out and help each other here. Feel free to post about anything related to these conditions- your personal struggles, questions, suggestions for pain manangement, articles or studies etc.

Trolls and Spammers will be banned at the moderator's discression.

remember, we are NOT medical professionals- just others struggling with these conditions. For medical advice/care contact your primary care physician, rheumatologist or go to your nearest emergency room.

-Community Maintainer: being_homeless

please note that the community name is costocondrits- there is not last "i" between the "t" and the "s" because "costochondritis" was already taken. :(


Since many doctors tend to (incorrectly) use "Tietze Syndrome" and "Costochrondritis" as interchangable terms, here is a good definition of the distinction between each of the contitions.

Costochondritis & Tietze Syndrome
Medical Author: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

What is costochondritis?
Costochondritis is a common form of inflammation of the cartilage where ribs attach to the breast bone, the sternum. The inflammation can involve multiple cartilage areas on both sides of the sternum but usually is on one side only.

The cause(s) of costochondritis is(are) not known and may involve several factors. Possible causes include heredity (genetic predisposition), viruses, and trauma (injury).

Costochondritis can be an independent condition by itself or sometimes be a feature of a more widespread disorder. Examples of illnesses that can feature costochondritis include fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease (such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease).

What is the Tietze syndrome?
Costochondritis should be distinguished from Tietze syndrome, a condition involving the same area of the front of the chest. Costochondritis is not associated with swelling, as opposed to Tietze syndrome where swelling is characteristic. Tietze syndrome is an inflammation of the costochondral cartilages of the upper front of the chest.

Patients with Tietze syndrome develop tenderness and swelling over the ribs and cartilage near the breast bone (sternum). Redness, tenderness, and heat can also be present but a localized swelling is the distinguishing finding. The pain is variable, often sharp, can be confused with heart pain, and can last from hours to weeks. It can cause difficulty with sleeping and even rolling over in bed is sometimes painful.

from: www.medicinenet.com/costochondritis_and_tietze_syndrome/article.htm
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