Self Diagnosis

A good and at the same time simple way to test whether the pain is related to Tietze or Costochondritis can be done in the following manner. Press carefully but with some force on the painful spot near the sternum or the rib. If the pain gets much worse, there is a good chance that it is Tietze and/or costochondritis. If the pain is related to the heart, the pain would not get worse when pressure is applied, as it is well protected behind the ribs in the chest.

The following self test can help to detect some of the symptoms of the affliction. If the majority of the questions can be answered with YES, it most likely isTietze or costochondritis

Symptoms Yes No
Sharp pain near the sternum    
Sharp pain near the ribs, collar bone or spine    
Pain gets worse when pressed upon    
Pain gets worse when chest and ribs are exerted    
Swelling of the cartilage under the sternum    
Sensitivity of the cartilage of the sternum and ribs    
Discolouration of the skin near the painful spot(s)    
Just given birth    
Recently put much stress on the chest    
Frequent exerting the chest by coughing or sneezing    

Always consult you doctor for further examination, further information and tests