After being diagnosed with Tietze syndrome, I turned to the internet for more information. It was a frustrating search. What little information I found on the major sites was limited to a bare minimum of sometimes contradictory facts. Tracking down useful tips for actually dealing with the day to day pain of the problem was even harder.
It took awhile, but I did locate a few sites that helped me. It was such a relief to know I wasn’t the only one frustrated by my rebelling ribcage! I even wrote articles on things I’ve learned during my journey with Tietze syndrome, some of which are listed among the links below. I’m happy to share all that I’ve found, in hopes it will help someone else.
I’m including links about both Tietze syndrome and costochondritis. Many doctors seem to consider them as practically interchangeable conditions, differentiated only by the swelling that is a symptom of Tietze syndrome. Others do consider them distinct, but the treatment recommended and advice offered for both conditions is similar.
For those of you brave enough to wade into medical-speak, I’ve added a NEW section with links to articles about medical studies on Tietze syndrome and costochondritis. While these tend to be from highly credible sources, most of the studies involve incredibly small samples, so use caution about applying any conclusions to your own individual health situations.
Please remember that the use of any information you find through these links is entirely at your own risk. It is in no way, shape or form guaranteed to be reliable or safe. Nor is it a substitute for seeking treatment from a medical professional.
If you believe you may have Tietze syndrome or costochondritis, please see your doctor promptly. Chest pain is nothing to play with. Do not attempt to self-diagnose!
Basic information about Tietze syndrome and costochondritis from doctors:
“Costochondritis” — Mayo Clinic
“Costochondritis” — WebMD
“Costochondritis and Tietze’s Syndrome” — MedicineNet
“Tietze Syndrome” — WebMD
“Tietze Syndrome” — National Institutes of Health’s Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center
“Tietze’s Syndrome is not Costochondritis” — Science Blog
Medical Studies of Tietze syndrome and costochondritis from doctors:
“Tietze’s Disease” — P.R.C. Evans
“Tietze’s Disease a Nutritional Deficiency?” — Griffith Evans and Robert O. Eames
“Tietze’s Syndrome” — Dr. A.K. Geddes
Basic information about Tietze syndrome and costochondritis from patients:
“Costochondritis — Definition” Lauren Lucille
“Costochondritis: The Pain That is Not Your Heart” — Tania Cowling
“Costochondritis — and Tietze’s Syndrome” — Lauren Lucille
“Costochondritis Treatments: Chest Pain Relief” — nifwlseirff
“The Doctor Says It’s Costochondritis or Tietze Syndrome” — Bree Shaw
“The Doctor Says It’s Costochondritis or Tietze Syndrome: How is the Diagnosis Made” — Bree Shaw
“Living with Tietze Syndrome: Is Tietze Syndrome Caused by A Virus?” — Bree Shaw
“Living with Tietze Syndrome: When Tietze Syndrome Becomes Chronic” — Bree Shaw
“What is Tietze Syndrome?” — Michelle
Everyday tips for dealing with Tietze syndrome and costochondritis:
“Costochondritis — Helpful Tips” — Lauren Lucille
“How to Lose Weight with Chronic Pain” — nifwlseirff
“Living with Tietze Syndrome: Driving Without Pain” — Bree Shaw
“Living with Tietze Syndrome: Is A Vegetarian or Vegan Diet Beneficial?” — Bree Shaw
“Living with Tietze Syndrome: Gardening Without Pain” — Bree Shaw
“Living with Tietze Syndrome: Joining the Party” — Bree Shaw
“Living with Tietze Syndrome: Sleeping Without Pain” — Bree Shaw
“Living with Tietze Syndrome: When the Bra Doesn’t Fit” — Bree Shaw
“Living with Tietze Syndrome: Soothe Pain with a Heating Pad” — Bree Shaw
“Living with Tietze Syndrome: When Allergies Attack” — Bree Shaw
“Move House with Chronic Pain” — nifwlseirff
“Tips for Living with Tietze Syndrome: Prevent Pain by Lightening Your Purse” — Bree Shaw
“Vitamin D Deficiency and Pain” — nifwlseirff
Exercises for people dealing with Tietze syndrome and costochondritis:
“Costochondritis and Exercise” — nifwlseirff
“Costochondritis — Stretching Exercises” — Lauren Lucille
“The Towel Chest Stretch: How to Stretch the Pectoral Muscles” — about.com
I hope these links help you find the information you’ve been searching for. I intend to update and expand this page as I learn more, so I hope you’ll check back periodically. Do you have any helpful links about living with Tietze Syndrome or Costochondritis? Post them in the comments section. I’d love to explore them.
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