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Tietze syndrome?

Is Tietze syndrome a very severe medical condition? I know someone who has just been diagnosed yesterday and coughed up blood today. I am really worried about her. Could anyone please tell me the severity of this condition? I am totally clueless about it and really need more information.
Please help.

I don't think coughing is normal for people who have Tietze Syndrome, though it might be because the chest swelling puts to much pressure on the lungs
Or coughing might even be the cause of the Tietze in the first place, so she should definitely go again to the doctor as soon as possible!

Tietze is nothing to serious , I had Tietze syndrome then I was small and now I'm completely fine as it passes after 3-4 months,
What it is is a swelling and inflammation of costal cartilages rip cages and the clavicles, it is often very pain full and unpleasant. It can also be very hard to sleep while having it as you can't really lie down in any comfortable position due to the chest pain and it disables you from doing a number of things while having it
The causes of it are not really known but as I said people with sever caughts can get it, did your friend have any coughing before?
All causes are generally related to some injury or straining of the chest, I got it as I had rheumatoid arthritis and scoliosis which caused it!

Don't worry your friend will be well again in no time :)  (+ info)

tietze syndrome?

have had it for 2 years nows any one else had it

Costochondritis, also known as Fibrositis or Tietze's Syndrome, as you have had this condition for some time, it would be unwise to explain the details to you. Suffice it to say that the cause is usually either idiopathic – of unknown origin - or the result of a traumatic injury. The treatments, which again, I feel sure you are aware of, are ice pack for 15 minutes (no longer than 20, or damage can be done to the tissues). NSAIDs, which are non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs for pain relief, these medications are available over-the-counter (e.g. Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve) or as a prescription (e.g. Celebrex, DayPro, Relafen). NSAIDs are effective at pain relief (analgesia), and to reduce swelling (anti-inflammatory). NSAIDs work to block the effect of an enzyme called cyclooxygenase. This enzyme is critical in your body's production of prostaglandins. It is prostaglandins that cause swelling and pain in a condition such as arthritis or bursitis. Therefore by interfering with cyclooxygenase, you decrease the production of prostaglandins, and decrease pain and swelling associated with these conditions. One type of prostaglandin (there are many varieties) helps line the stomach with a protective fluid (called gastric mucosa). When the production of this protective fluid is diminished, some people are at risk for developing stomach ulcers. In this event you would probably be prescribed a stomach ‘protector’ like omeprazol. There is a herbal treatment named Costotab. As with all ‘special’ remedies, there is a price to pay to obtain it.
I add a link for your information

http://costotab.com/about_tab. html?gclid

Hope this helps
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I have been diagnosed with Tietze syndrome ?

Has anyone heard of this and can they give me advice on how to deal with pain. I am taking Voltarol and Tramodol for back pain anyway.Also I haven't been able to work today I did go in but had to come home, how long will I need to be off work ? Any advice would be gratefully received.

Nomes - Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum). It causes sharp pain in the costosternal joint — where your ribs and breastbone are joined by rubbery cartilage. Pain caused by costochondritis may mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions. When the pain of costochondritis is accompanied by swelling, it's referred to as Tietze syndrome.

Most cases of costochondritis have no apparent cause. In these cases, treatment focuses on easing your pain while you wait for costochondritis to resolve on its own. Costochondritis usually goes away on its own. The pain usually lasts a week or two and then resolves.

To ease your pain until it fades, your doctor may recommend:
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) and naproxen (Aleve) : Antidepressants, specifically a category of medicines called tricyclic antidepressants, if pain is making it difficult to sleep at night. Muscle relaxants, which can also help ease pain.
It can be frustrating to know that there's little your doctor can do to treat your costochondritis. But you can take self-care measures to make yourself more comfortable, which can give you a greater sense of control over your condition. To help relieve the pain of costochondritis, try to:
Rest. Avoid activities that make your pain worse.
Exercise. It may seem contradictory to rest, but gentle exercises, such as walking or swimming, can improve your mood and keep your body healthy. Don't overdo it, and stop if exercise increases your pain.
Use a heating pad. Apply a heating pad to the painful area several times a day. Keep the heat setting on low. Once your pain is gone, continue taking it easy. Slowly work your way back to your normal activities.

Symptoms  (+ info)

Costochondritis or Tietze syndrome? Anyone with experience?

I was just diagnosed with this syndrome and am on medications that are keeping me from working. How long did it take to recover? How long before you were able to realistically go back to work?

Costochondritis is a sore dose. Mine lasted just over one week and I was already on drugs due to the rheumatoid arthritis, so they told me to increase the anti-inflammatory drugs and sit it out. Good Luck  (+ info)

Costochondritis & Tietze Syndrome, is this a form of Arthritis?

Is Tietze Syndrom & Costochondritis a form of Arthritis? The definition I found is as follows: a painful swelling of a rib in the region of the chest, over the junction of bone & cartilage. The cause is unknown & the condition usually resolves without treatment, but in some cases local injections of corticosteroids are required.

Arthritis is swelling of the joints. There aren't any joints in the ribs. The costochondritis is more of a swelling in the softer connecting cartilage that is attached to the rib bones. (I am not familiar with Tietze Syndrome.) I have had costochondritis and have friends and family who have also had it. Mine was believed due to a crooked spine and ribcage from scoliosis. Most others I know who have had it are asthmatics or had bronchitis and they were irritating the cartilage by coughing a lot. Athletes can also get it because of repetitive twisting and upper body pressure. It usually does go away on its own with an anti-inflammatory if you can figure out what might have caused it, and then rest from those activities until the inflammation has improved.  (+ info)

i have costochodritis, or tietze syndrome. what is the best way to treat without drugs?

the pain never goes away only the swelling goes up and down

See a doctor for a diagnosis, and if you don't want treatment by drugs (which are normally extremely helpful) visit a naturopath.  (+ info)

Anyone had Costo Chondritis/Tietze Syndrome?

My partner is undergoing testing at the moment for this condition. What was your treatment? And how lond did the condition affect you?

Costochondritis is a condition that causes chest pain due to inflammation of the cartilage and bones in the chest wall. Also called Tietze's Syndrome, costochondritis occurs when there is inflammation at the junction of the rib bone and breastbone (sternum). At this junction, there is cartilage joining these bones. This cartilage can become irritated and inflamed. Depending on the extent of the inflammation, costochondritis can be quite painful.
What causes costochondritis?
It is often difficult to indentify a single cause of costochondritis. This condition is thought to be bost commonly due to repetitive microtrauma, or overuse. This means that activities are causing repeated damage to the cartilage of the chest wall leading to inflammation. The most frequently affected age group is young adults between 20 and 40 years old. Costochondritis can also been found as an overuse injury in athletes, in particular this condition has been identified in competitive rowers.

Costochondritis can also be found after a traumatic injury. For example, a car accident where the driver's chest strikes the steering wheel can cause costochondritis by injuring the ribs and cartilage on the front of the chest. Viral infections, usually upper respiratory infections, have also been identified as a cause of costochondritis.

What are the symptoms of costochondritis?
Most patients with costochondritis experience pain over the front of the upper chest (the area of the sternum). Because of serious conditions, most importantly conditions related to heart problems, costochondritis should only be diagnosed after excluding other more serious problems.

Costochondritis pain is usually worsened by activity or exercise. Often the pain is worsened when taking a deep breath. This stretches the inflamed cartilage and can cause significant pain. Touching the area involved by costochondritis can be extremely painful for the patient.

Because of the many nerves that branch away from the chest, pain may be experienced in the shoulder or arms as well. When called Tietze's Syndrome, the pain from costochondritis is accompanied by redness and or swelling in the areas most tender
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Anyone have Costochondritis (Tietze's syndrome)?if so can you give me any suggestions or tell me what you did

and please no copy and paste and don't tell me what it is because I already know....thanks.

Costochondritis can be mistaken for cardiac pain, It is very common amongst smokers, and anti-inflammatory is good, like Diclofenac (NSAIDs) 1BD & physiotherapy & in rare cases Inj. of Kenacort(cortisone) is given at the local site.  (+ info)

My doctor says I have Tietze Syndrome (or Costochondritis)... help?

She said I should rub ibuprofen cream on the painful part of my chest like twice a day for the next few weeks, do I need to bother if I don't feel any pain at the time?
I mean Ibuprofen gel, my bad

You actually helped me with my question. I used that cream as lube for other things, didn't realize you were supposed to rub it in your chest. Thanks mate.  (+ info)

front rib pain, chest pain, arm and shoulder pain...costochondritis/tietze syndrome?

One morning I woke up and i had severe chest pain and it radiated down my right arm and was also in my shoulder...i went and had my BP taken by an emt and they told me they didn't think i was having heart problems because my BP was normal. The last year or so the front of my ribs on both sides have been tender to the touch and the pain is worsened by activity. I went to the doctor and they believed my T4 rib was locking up so I have been to the chiropractor 5 times and have been adjusted. The pain hurts almost constantly but worse with activity. My arm hurts like i have muscle fatigue and my shoulder shoulder hurts. i have some random chest pains during certain activity and pain increases when i take deep breaths. do you think this could be costochondritis/tietze syndrome?

If you have had any respiratory infections or chest trauma, especially surgery, you are very vulnerable to costochondritis. IV drug use also makes you more susceptible. Normally, however, it resolves itself, and a case should not last a year, unless you have infectious (as opposed to non-infectious) costochondritis. Ask if your insurance company covers a gallium scan, if you do not react to reduced activity and NSAID therapy. If there is no swelling, and is affecting your 4th or 5th ribs, it is more likely than not costochondritis. Bear in mind that if it is infectious and does not respond to antibiotics and NSAID therapy, you may require steroid shots, IV antibiotics, and if that fails, surgical repair/removal of the affected tissue.

I doubt it is Tietze syndrome as it is a very rare disorder, and most likely not the cause of your pain. It more commonly affects the 2nd and 3rd ribs at the cartilage, and not the lower ribs. If you have localized swelling where the pain is (around the sternum) you very well may be looking at Tietze, and discuss the possibility with your doctor. Keep in mind that it is very rare and is usually resolved on its own.   (+ info)

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