Symptoms, conditions and causes

What are the causes for costochondritis?

Cause #1: Vitamin D deficiency

Vitamin D is a very important vitamin for your bones and for reducing inflammation across the body. Vitamin D deficiency can definitely cause bone pain and aching as well as costochondritis.


  • Vitamin D3 supplement (at least 40,000 IU/day)

  • Consume cod liver oil

  • Increase exposure to the sun

Cause #2: Digestive problems

Just behind the rib cage you have your digestive organs. If your gallbladder or liver are inflamed or enlarged, this can create pressure on your ribs resulting in chest pain and costochondritis. In such a case you could also have bloating and indigestion.


  • Before a meal consume the following:

  • betaine hydrochloride

  • apple cider vinegar (1 to 2 teaspoons stirred into about a cup of water)

  • Consume purified bile salts.

Other causes:

  • Heart problem

  • Trauma/accident

  • Lung infection

  • Shingles

Last updated: Jan 13, 2024 16:35 PM