What does costochondritis feel like in the chest?

The cartilage connects your ribs to your breastbone (sternum), creating the costochondral joint. Costochondritis feels like a sharp or aching pain. The pain can start suddenly or develop slowly and spread across your chest. Because the pain is in your chest, you might misinterpret costochondritis as a heart attack.

How can you tell the difference between costochondritis and heart pain?

As for the difference between this condition and a heart attack, costochondritis typically feels like a dull or sharp soreness in your chest. Heart attack pain typically feels like a crushing weight or pressure on your chest rather than sharp or aching pain.

What can be mistaken for costochondritis?

Other medical conditions that may closely resemble costochondritis include:

  • arthritis of the shoulder or nearby joints.
  • chest wall infections or cancer.
  • fibromyalgia, a condition that causes nerve pain.
  • slipping rib syndrome, when there is too much mobility in the cartilage supporting the ribs.

Can costochondritis feel like heartburn?

Pleuritis or costochondritis Inflammation of the lining of the lungs and chest cavity, known as pleuritis or pleurisy, can cause heartburn-like chest pain. Pleuritis should be suspected “if the pain or burning gets worse when you take deep breaths or move around,” Dr. Madanick says.

Does costochondritis affect the heart?

Costochondritis (kos-toe-kon-DRY-tis) is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum). Pain caused by costochondritis might mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions.

Can costochondritis cause heart palpitations?

This is an inflammatory condition in which the cartilage and area around the rib cage and sternum is swollen and sore. It can be a frightening pain – especially when it’s on the heart side of the breast bone and you feel the accompanying palpitations.

Does costochondritis hurt to touch?

Chest pain caused by costochondritis can range from mild to severe. Mild cases may only cause your chest to feel slightly tender or some pain when you push on the area.

How can I get rid of costochondritis fast?

They include:

  1. Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs pain relievers. Ask your doctor about using ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or naproxen sodium (Aleve, others).
  2. Heat or ice. Try placing hot compresses or a heating pad on the painful area several times a day.
  3. Rest.