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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Costochrondritis
Answer: Did he/she mention Tsetse's Syndrome or costochondritis? This would be the most common problem. This is an inflammtion of the rib joints where they meet your sternum. We don't know the cause and it is not seen more frequently in Rheumatoid, Lupus etc. Treatment is usally non=steroidal anti-inflammatories, heat and local things like Bengay and Salicylate creams.
Answer: Aspirin allergies can be fatal and the non-steroidal anti-inflammatories produce the same reaction. Avoid the NSAIDS as well as the newer anti-inflammatories like Vioxx. Your doctor is ill informed. Local heat is about all that is available. I have tried patients on topical steroid cream since the joints are so close to the surface. Also, I have patients who swear by magnet therapy. I have no scientific reason why it should work, but it's cheap and non-invasive. Worth a try if the topical steroids don't work.
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