Tight chest and tender ribs on Citalopram

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Any one got chest symptoms that aren't going away?

been told its inflammation in the ribs but wondering if its anxiety that has taken hold after taking this med 20mg for 12 months?

Think I may be holding my breath without even realising?

Would be interesting to hear if anyone else suffers?


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    Hi Jayne

    If the doctor told you it's inflammation of the ribs then it's probably costochondritis, inflammation of the cartilage. I get this, I've had it for years. It can be caused by injury, lifting heavy objects or excessive coughing following colds or chest infections but it may be also be caused by stress. Stress and anxiety causes inflammation and this can cause costochondritis. It comes and goes with me. I just take pain killers. My flares usually lasts several weeks but sometimes they go away in a matter of days or weeks. It can be quite painful especially when putting slight pressure on the ribs. It can also affect your breathing, it does with me.....

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      Thats really helpful to hear, Thank you.

      It started when I had a bad cough in Feb, just don't seem to be able to get on top off?

      Makes my breathing shallow and that makes things worse.Ok in the morning and sometimes feels like someone is sitting on my chest.


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    Hi Jayne

    It's not very pleasant I know. Sounds like coughing triggered it for you, anxiety doesn't help either.

    Because breathing can hurt with costochondritis we tend not to breath as we normally would to avoid the pain, we take shorter breaths.. Try to do controlled breathing and try to relax. It will go away, I take otc painkillers. There's not much else you can do other than don't lift anything heavy. I've triggered mine off before by stretching cleaning windows and by lifting heavy things.?

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