Can smoking cause costochondritis

Hello all,

This post is for my best friend, who was recently diagnosed with costochondritis. It’s been exactly a week. She’s on a low dose of Neurontin and Meloxicam, which have eased some pain, but it’s still pretty bad. She’s been out of work all week.

She’s a light smoker, about 2 or 3 cigarettes a day, and is trying to quit completely, but the stress from the pain is making it tough. She’s wondering if the smoking might be making it worse or if other light smokers have any opinions or experiences with this.

Any comments or help would be greatly appreciated!