Articles in the December issue discuss various health issues affecting school-aged children, including acne, eczema and growth disorders. Volume 44, No. Chest pain is a common general practice presentation that requires careful diagnostic assessment because of its diverse and potentially serious causes.
Ankylosing spondylitis AS is an inflammatory condition that affects the joints in your spine. Spondylitis simply means inflammation of the spine. As part of the body's reaction to inflammation, calcium is laid down where the ligaments attach to the bones that make up the spine vertebrae.
We respect your privacy. Costochondritis is caused by inflammation of the cartilage that connects your breastbone, also known as your sternum, to your ribs. There are rubbery segments of cartilage — called costosternal joints — that attach the ribs to the breastbone, and chest pain can occur when the cartilage in those joints gets inflamed.
Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage in the rib cage. The condition usually affects the cartilage where the upper ribs attach to the breastbone, or sternuman area known as the costosternal joint or costosternal junction. Chest pain caused by costochondritis can range from mild to severe. Mild cases may only cause your chest to feel tender to touch or some pain when you push on the area of your chest cartilage.
Many people confuse osteoporosis and some types of arthritis. This fact sheet discusses the similarities and differences between these conditions. Osteoporosis is a condition in which the bones become less dense and more likely to fracture.
Q: Sometimes it feels like the bones in my chest hurt. Is it RA or am I having heart problems? A: Pain felt in the bones of your chest is likely due to costochondritis, or inflammation of the cartilage where the ribs attach to the breast bone.
Costochondritis most commonly affects the upper ribs on the left-hand side of your body. Pain is often worst where the rib cartilage attaches to the breastbone sternumbut it can also occur where the cartilage attaches to the rib. Costochondritis kos-toe-kon-DRY-tis is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone sternum.
In most cases, breast pain is a by-product of reproductive life: Like breast swelling, it waxes and wanes during the menstrual cycle, and it's one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. Many women expect breast pain to go away after menopause. When it doesn't, they may fear they have breast cancer. Fortunately, breast pain is rarely a symptom of cancer, regardless of age.
Inflammatory arthritis is the name used to describe a group of diseases caused by an overactive immune system that results in inflammation. Many forms of these diseases manifest mainly with inflammation of the joints felt as joint pain and stiffness, but inflammatory arthritis can also affect other connective tissues, including the lungs, heart, eyes, skin and other organs. Importantly, when inflammation affects any part of the body it can result in damage which is irreversible.