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About 7 months ago, I developed inflammation of the costal cartilage on my 2nd rib, left side. For a couple of months, it didn't hurt so I just watched it. Then in late May, the breastbone next to the 2nd rib got inflamed also, and I started to experience quite a bit of pain. I went to my primary care doctor who was concerned the inflammation may be autoimmune since it runs in my family. He ran a battery of tests (ANA, lupus, Rheumatoid factor, Lyme disease, CBC/blood chemistries) and everything came back normal/negative. So I just waited, hoping it would go away. I assumed it was Tietze's based on my symptoms and its location. Then in late July, my right collarbone around the sternoclavicular joint (where the clavicle meets the sternum) seemed inflamed. No swollen lymph nodes or fever or anything...just the bone seemed pushed up a bit, like there was inflammation below it or something. There's not much distance between the lump on my breastbone from the 2nd rib swelling to the area of the right clavicle swelling, so I was wondering whether the inflammation might have 'spread'? I read that Tietze's can occur at the 2nd/3rd rib sternocostal junctions or the sternoclavicular joint. Could it possible occur at both? I'm quite nervous.
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