Named after the early 20th century German surgeon, the Tietze's syndrome is a chronic ailment involving inflammation of one or more costal cartilages (strakes between ribs and the breastbone). Tietze's syndrome is often confused – and sometimes misdiagnosed – with costochondritis due to visibly similar symptoms: significant chest pain, which may come is spasms, and resemble heart attack; swelling and tenderness in the affected cartilages; hyper ventilating and increased heartbeat speed. Severe seizures can cause panic and/or anxiety attacks or leave the patient temporarily numb or paralyzed.
Unlike costochondritis, however, Tietze's syndrome does not have a clear underlying cause. Inflammation is undoubtedly present, but it does not appear to originate from infection, trauma or post-surgery complications. Commonly this condition can be tracked down to physical strain or minor chest injury, or over exerting the chest or breast. Psychological stress often accompanies the Tietze's Syndrome, but there is no evidence of direct correlation. Tietze's syndrome is more likely to occur in teens than in adults.
Similar to other diseases that involve inflammatory process with no known cause, Tietze's syndrome is treated with anti-inflammatory meds. Painkillers may also be needed to relieve chest pain which can be deliberating. And finally, a remedy is required for psychological counterpart, as strikes of pain often come in pair with panic and fear of immediate death, due to the fact that they are confused with heart attacks. Medical marijuana may just be the right solution to all of the above mentioned problems. Anesthetic properties of cannabis have been proved in cancer-related studies, and its use as an anti-inflammatory is backed up with solid clinical evidence. Panic and anxiety conditions may be calmed with soothing emotional effect of marijuana, relieving the patient from sudden numbness and inability to take hold of himself. If possible to be prescribed legally, medical marijuana should certainly be considered by sufferers of Tietze's syndrome.