My GP diagnosed me about 5 years ago with Tietze's Syndrome. He gave me some pills (anti-inflammatory's I'm sure) and said it would go away within a few weeks...and it did. About 2 years ago, I had a wreck and the pain came back. 2+ years later, I still have it (as bad - maybe worse). I went to a rheumatologist only to be told that she doesn't know that disease and it has nothing to do with rheumatology. What type doctor should I see? I know I can go back to my GP but I'd like to go to a specialist, if there is such a thing.
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Tietze syndrome is a benign inflammation of one or more of the costal cartilages.
Tietze's Syndrome is considered to be a benign condition that generally resolves in 12 weeks. However, it can often be a chronic condition. The pain can be identical to a heart attack and can cause hyper ventilating, anxiety attacks, passing out, panic attacks and temporary numbness/paralysis.
The symptoms of Tietzeâs syndrome can be controlled with adequate rest and by using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Ibuprofen to control the pain and swelling.
If simple painkillers fail, sometimes an injection of cortisone, eg triamcinolone, may be administered.
You may consult with a orthopedician or your GP who can provide you proper help and treatment.
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