Chest pain is one of the scariest symptoms a person can have because the first thing we usually think of is a heart attack. Of course, any new chest pain should be considered a medical emergency and checked out right away. But once a heart problem has been ruled out, one of the possibilities your doctor may consider is costochondritis. Costochondritis ((kos-toe-KHON-dri-tis) is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum). It is one of the most common cause of musculoskeletal chest pain. Symptoms: The two main symptoms of costochondritis are pain and tenderness in the chest wall, specifically where the ribs attach to the breastbone.
Pain – The pain of costochondritis is usually described as sharp and/or stabbing, but may also be dull, burning or gnawing. Often the pain gets worse when coughing or taking a deep breath. There may also be some difficulty breathing. The location of the pain can be on either...
I often said the surgery part of my cancer treatment was the easiest. Not that there were no problems, but there was less pain than I expected and fewer side effects compared to chemo or radiation. I didn’t know that post-mastectomy pain and complications may come years later. One study found that up to one-half of mastectomy patients report pain three years out from surgery, and one-third reported pain nine years later.
The pain can come from damaged nerves, cut muscles, surgical adhesions, or changes in movement and posture following surgery. I’ve had all of these problems over the years following my radical mastectomy . The nerve damage that gave me creepy feelings along the scar and down the back of my arm got better over time, and I learned to compensate for the muscles I no longer had.
A few years ago, I started having pain along my sternum and collarbone that turned out to be from surgical adhesions. My skin was stick...
Symptoms Blurred vision or double vision (diplopia) Bone pain or tenderness of the breastbone (sternum) Chest pain Confusion Cough -- dry Fatigue Fever Headache Nausea Skin rash , including pinpoint red spots ( petechiae ), ulcers, or other skin lesions Sweating -- unusual, excessive at night Swollen glands Unintentional weight loss Note: People with a normal immune system may have no symptoms at all. Signs and tests Physical examination may reveal: Abnormal breath sounds Fast heart rate Fever Mental status changes Stiff neck Tests that may be done include: Blood culture CT scan of the head Sputum culture and stain Lung biopsy Bronchoscopy Spinal tap to obtain a sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) culture and other tests to check for signs of infection Chest x-ray Cryptococcal antigen test (looks for a certain molecule that the Cryptococcus fungus can shed into the blood)
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