Hello, first I want to say that seeing the picture at the top of this page has put me somewhat at ease, as I too have swelling on the sternum.
My pain happened in my chest as a icy cold feeling that went from the sternum down to my heart. I thought for sure I was having a heart attack. I went to the ER and had ekg, blood test, and chest x rays. I actually did this twice. Everything came back negative. They released me, and said i had costochondritis.
Then two weeks later I developed a swelling on the sternum that went into my left and right breast, and left collar bone. I had a cat scan and have not received the results yet, but I've been doing lots of reading and I'm thinking tietze is what I have.
It does not hurt to bad when I breath in or out, but it does hurt to cough. Most of my pain has been localized to the left side. The difference I'm experiencing that I have not heard many people talk about with tietze is that my neck and chest are red and warm to the touch especially if I'm moving around or lifting anything. This has been going on for almost two months now.
My doctor is seeing me this week, and I'm praying that the cat scan came out clean, and that he will be willing to diagnose me with Tietze's syndrome. I feel it would be easier for me to go on with this pain and swelling if I knew it was not something more serious. Thank you for this article.
The medical conditions that could cause this swelling and redness need to be explored; could it be a breast condition?
Tietzes can be bilateral, but it's less common.
Do you have any midback pain? Or radiating along the rib under the armpit?
Tietze's syndrome is less severe than some of the other conditions your doctor is considering, but even then it's not plain sailing. Tietze's syndrome is a nuggety condition that it took me 25 years in practice to figure out.
Once the diagnosis is made, get back to me, and we can discuss the treatment further.
Perhaps send me a photograph; you have to get the light exactly right to bring out the swelling and redness.