Another common symptom of costochondritis is a reproducible tenderness when you push on the specific rib joints. If you do not experience this type of reproducible tenderness, you might not have costochondritis.
Other conditions including Tietze syndrome have similar pain and tenderness, but notice swelling that usually affects the second and third ribs. Costochondritis is not characterized by swelling. However, if you can push on the cartilage in front of the ribcage and recreate the localized pain, then costochondritis is possible.
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