He's scared and in pain and this of course has me at wit's end. He has been to the ER twice and to his family physician twice. EKG and chest xrays were done, along with blood and urine tests. He has incredible tightness in his chest. Can anyone give me any suggestions?
Costochondritis can be aggravated by any activity that involves stressing the structures of the front of the chest cage. It is generally best to minimize these activities until the inflammation of the rib and cartilage areas has subsided.
Rest, anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy, and even cortisone injections have been used as therapy for the inflamed, painful cartilage of both costochondritis and Tietze syndrome. Ice packs applied to local swelling can sometimes help to reduce pain and inflammation. Local lidocaine analgesic patch (Lidoderm) application can reduce pain. You might try chiropractic manipulations to help relieve some of the tightness too. Poor kid. Thats scary for a kid that age.
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