Our expert says:
Jacqueline, costal chondritis (aka Tietze's syndrome) is inflammation of the joints where the ribs join the breastbone. Although it may mimic the chest pain associated with coronary artery disease, it's not dangerous and is treated effectively with anti-inflammatory drugs like Artrotec®, Brufen®, Celebrex®, etc. The trick is to take the anti-inflammatories for at least 10 days and not to stop them as soon as the pain gets better.
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