Chest discomfort is the most prevalent symptom of Tietze syndrome. With this illness, you may experience pain around one or more of your top four ribs, particularly where your ribs connect to your breastbone.
According to research, the second or third rib is commonly damaged. In 70 to 80 percent of patients, the discomfort is localized on a single rib. In most cases, just one side of the chest is afflicted.
Inflammation of the injured rib cartilage causes the pain. This portion of cartilage is known as the costochondral junction.
Inflammation may cause swelling that hardens and becomes spindly. The region may be sensitive and heated to the touch and swollen or red.
Tietze syndrome pain may:
- worsen when you exercise, cough, or sneeze
- come on suddenly or gradually
- feel sharp, stabbing, dull, or aching
- range from moderate to severe
- spread to your arm, neck, and shoulders
The discomfort subsides typically after a few weeks, even if the swelling persists.