costochondritis

Treat Costochondritis Naturally

Costochondritis is characterized by pain in the upper ribs due to inflammation in the cartilage that connects the ribs to the sternum. It is similar to the pain of a heart attack and may cause symptoms that mimic angina and other heart conditions. It can be frightening and is one of the leading causes of emergency room visits for chest pain. It may be caused by injuries to the chest, strain, arthritis and fibromyalgia, infection and tumors. Getting it treated is important in preserving many individuals quality of life.

 

How do I know if I have costochondritis?

  • Pain on the left side of the breastbone
  • Pain that affects more than one rib
  • Pain that worsens when taking deep breaths
  • Pain that worsens when coughing

 

How do I prevent costochondritis?

  • Carry heavy bags properly.
  • Lift items properly.
  • Work to prevent respiratory infections.
  • Avoid activities that seem to trigger pain.

 

How can I treat costochondritis?

  • Rest. Avoid any activities that worsen pain and give the inflammation a time to work out of your body.
  • Use heat or ice on the area to help ease pain and inflammation.
  • Eat a diet high in natural anti-inflammatory omega-3’s including salmon, flaxseed, olive oil, and avocado oil.
  • Eat fruits and veggies high in antioxidants; onion, garlic, and strawberries are excellent choices.
  • Avoid refined flours and sugars.
  • Ginger, turmeric, and cayenne pepper can all be added to meals to help reduce inflammation naturally.
  • Nettle supplements can be taken to help reduce inflammation.
  • Burdock root is a natural pain reliever.
  • Aloe vera gel can be taken internally to help boost immunity and energy levels.
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