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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/26/2009 3:19 AM (GMT -7)   
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?

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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 3/26/2009 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Scarecrow, I had costochondritis after a bout of pneumonia though, it took me ten weeks to get over the pain and even now get odd twinges occassionally. I would go to a sports physio. When you've damaged tendons or ligaments they'd have the safe exercises to get your strength back without creating more damage. I'm assuming you don't have a form of arthritis? I was told to rest to heal my ribs and then was given gentle exercises to overcome the stiffness ended up getting cortisone injections to get rid of the swelling. Hope that helps...Jacqui

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/26/2009 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks alot. Looks like a sports physio is the go!
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