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is this probably costrochondritis?

hi, ive had chest pain for awhile now, nothing severe or anything but it is noticeable when i turn my body left or right sometimes or when laying down, in certain positions. its mild pain in the upper left area of my chest mostly. i coughed really hard awhile back and thats around when it started so im thinking that may be the cause. if its not costrochondritis, what could it be? and it doesnt sound serious right?
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replied February 26th, 2012
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

The pain described could be due to costochondritis or also due to involvement of other musculoskeletal structures in the chest wall too. T

Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage connecting the ribs to the sternum (breast bone). It presents as a sharp pain in the affected cartilages, and may be associated with redness and swelling too.

Pain caused by costochondritis may mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions.

The proper diagnosis is usually done by clinical examination, and tests like X ray are needed just to rule out other causes like rib fractures.

Taking medications like Ibuprofen (Advil, motrin) can help in relieving the pain.

In case, they do not help, you may need treatment with prescription medications like antidepressents to control the pain.

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