Hello, NEED HELP!
Im 21 yrs old. I got costochondritis 3 months ago. I am confident that I got it from doing fast jolting press ups (push-ups). I had been doing these everyday for 3 months. Fortunately the pain only lasted for 3 days. Now heres the problem. Before i got costochondritis i was quite athletic and exercise was a really important part of my daily routine. However, since getting it, i have been unable to do any upper body weights (including free weights and bodyweight exercises such as push ups, pull ups, crunches etc) as the affected area swells up and becomes slightly tender, but not painful. So i stopped weights and decided to just stick to cardio but even when i do any cardio (Except walking, which isnt as effectual) the slight tenderness returns. I have put on weight and in my mind look terrible compared to what i want to look like especially at the prime of my life.
So my questions are: 1. If i forget about the pain and keep running will this lead to cartlidge degeneration around my costo joints and perhaps be really damaging? 2. Approximately how long does it take for costochondritis to subside, bearing in mind that the pain is not bad at all, and was only irritable for the first 3 days?