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Costochondritis causes chest pain, felt at the front of the chest. Typically, it is sharp and stabbing in nature and can be quite severe. The pain is worse with movement, exertion and deep breathing.Can costochondritis cause pain similar to a heart attack?
Pain caused by costochondritis might mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions. Costochondritis is sometimes known as chest wall pain, costosternal syndrome or costosternal chondrodynia.What is the treatment for costochondritis?
Treatment options for costochondritis include: No treatment. Sometimes it helps just to be reassured there is no serious cause for the chest pain. Relaxation techniques. Worry can make the pain worse. (Indeed, anxiety is a common cause of chest pain.) Painkillerssuch as paracetamol or codeine.Is costochondritis life-threatening?
People who get chest pain are often frightened they have a heart or lung problem. Fortunately, if the pain is due to costochondritis, there is no need to panic, as it is not a life-threatening condition. It usually gets better on its own with time.