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Nausea is not a symptom of costochondritis. Intense, aching or sharp chest pain are symptoms of costochondritis. The pain may get worse because of:

  • Deep breathing.
  • Physical activity.
  • Sneezing.
  • Coughing.
  • Pressure against your chest from a hug, seatbelt, etc.

Remember that you should go to the emergency department if you have severe chest pain.