What are the symptoms?
The main symptom of costochondritis is chest pain that varies in intensity. The pain may be perceived as pressure, sharp, or aching. Movement, exertion, and breathing deeply tend to aggravate symptoms. Many people with the condition report a recent illness with coughing or physically overexerting themselves. Symptoms are most often reported in the second to fifth costochondral joints, although any of the ribs may be involved. Pain tends to be on one location, but it may be present in multiple areas.