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angela9 - March 23

Hi! Could someone please describe to me what the chest pain feels like? I have had chest x-rays and bloodwork, which were all fine, and I have been on anti-inflammatories for 2 weeks now, but the pain remains. I would like to hear your descriptions, and how widespread it can be.
Thanks!
Angela

 

teresat - March 24

Angels9, chest pain for me.. feels like someone is stabbing me with a knife! It comes & goes! It does not seem to be related to ANYTHING, but when I have it it last quiet a long time!! I also have heart palpatations that come & go! I have had all the different tests too, for my heart (even a cardiac cath). They have all come back NORMAL! Have you had your thyroid checked? It can't cause these symptoms also! Hope this helps!

 

teresat - March 24

Sorry about the misspelling of your name!! My sister's name is Angela! You'd think I could spell it correctly!!

 

Adaire - March 26

My chest pain can feel deep, gnawing and sick. It is in my ribs and wraps around front and back. It feels deep and sick. Sometimes it makes me nauseated, it comes in painful twinges or stabs. I hate it. I saw a specialist who explained that this is myofascial pain caused by knots in the muscle, not the diffuse all over flu-like pain that is fibro. Many people have both fibro & mps (myofascial pain syndrome) unfortunately I am one of them. I found a site online that explains this and describes how you can self-treat using a tennis ball to massage them out. I use one all the time. Sometimes it can really help! These nasty buggers can cause extreme pain in every muscle in the human body. Anti-inflammatories will not help this because the pain is not due to inflammation. When this first started with me they had me on those NSAIDS three times a day, everyday. Be careful if they are doing that with you too, especially if your aren't getting any relief from them because they are hard on the digestive system and can eat your stomach out and then you will have another problem! Have they mentioned costochondritis or myofascial pain to you? Please ask them. It is so very common with this condition. Scroll down and see how many posts there are out here about chest pain alone. Mine is brutal right now! I have had it a long time but I can usually manage it with painkillers and tennis ball massage. I understand how scary it is when this first happens and you don't know what the heck is going on. I mean what is scarier than chest pain right? I'll put that link below. I hope it helps you.

 

Adaire - March 26

www.triggerpointbook.com/angina.htm

 

angela9 - March 27

Thank-you for your responses. My chest pain is similar. It feels as though it is bruised, very tender to touch and sometimes a very sharp stabbing pain occurs. It is mostly on my left, however I do feel it on my right. This pain wakes me up during the night. My doctor says that costochondritis pain is near the sternum, but mine is wider spread, still in the ribcage but more at the sides. Is this normal? I have had my thyroid checked and it is fine. I cannot imagine using a tennis ball to ease this pain, I think that would hurt!
Thanks again,
Angela

 

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