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Diagnosing costochondritis starts with a process of elimination. When you go to your healthcare provider with chest pain, they’ll immediately test for:

  • Heart and vascular problems, like a heart attack.
  • Lung problems, like pneumonia.
  • Digestive issues, like chronic acid reflux (also called gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD).
  • Musculoskeletal issues, like a broken rib.

Your healthcare provider may also talk to you about your mental/emotional health because stress, anxiety and panic attacks can cause chest pain.

Your healthcare provider will make a diagnosis of costochondritis based on your symptoms and their physical findings. Normally, there is no need for further testing.

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