Posted 9/4/2015 4:24 AM (GMT -6)
I am very new here and have never posted on the Fibromyalgia board, but I have had costochondritis numerous times. I've ended up having numerous chest X-Rays performed, as I have had to go to Urgent Care or the ER for the pain. The first thing I will say is if you're ever concerned about a symptom, if it's new and nothing like you've experienced before, if you're in severe pain, or if you have signs of an infection (such as a fever) please don't hesitate to go to your doctor, Urgent Care, or ER. Secondly, pain when breathing is a symptom of costochondritis. When you breathe, your lungs expand and irritate the cartilage between your ribs. This can cause sharp pain when breathing, especially when breathing deeply. If you don't have GI issues, taking the recommended dosage of Ibuprofen can be beneficial for the pain and inflammation. A heating pad may help, as well. Also, it's important to breathe normally and try not to restrict your breathing too much; doing so could potentially lead to pneumonia. While costochondritis can cause sharp pain when breathing, pneumonia, pleurisy, and other conditions can cause that type of pain as well. Again, if this pain seemed different or was more concerning to you, please see a doctor. My post is a little late, but I hope this finds you feeling better.