Our expert says:
Tietze's is an odd syndrome giving pain in the chest wall, at the borders between the ribs and the cartilage that attaches to them. It often arrives mysteriously and disappears after a time. It does indeed often seem to follow both physical strain the the chest and psychologically stressful events. But stress is definitely not the main cause, as it often arises in people who have experienced no stress at all, and the other causes are not well understood. CBT counselling could help you to identify your own current sources of stress and to handle them better.
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