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is costochondritis and fibromyalgia the same
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aprilann - September 13

I was just recently rushed to ER due to SEVERE pain in the entire left side from the ribs up to the neck..they told my it is costochondritis...is it the same as fibro...I was just on here reading up on it and I have SEVERAL symptoms of it...I am concerned and wondering, hoping someone can help, I am 30 years old....

 

islandguy - September 13

Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum).
Fibromyalgia has no inflammation to it and affects the entire body with severe pain.
Costochondritis seems to be specific to a certain area. and treatable with anti-inflamatory drugs.
Hope this helps.

 

skidoo - September 13

No but Costochondritis affects about 60% to 70% of fibromyalgia sufferers.

 

Robin1237 - September 19

I know what's going on. And you can email me at sfrobink@aol.com to discuss. Or you can go to www.lymenet/FlashDiscussion/MedicalQuestions and learn about what we really have, which is...Lyme disease, a bacterial infedtion that usually comes from an infected tick bite but can also be transmitted other ways too. The Lyme bacteria likes our nerves and soft tissue. so we get myriad sympotms everywhere. In this case, your ribs are being attacked. Symptoms come and go as the bacteria moves around. Testing can be done throught Igenex lab(www.Igenex.com) It's best to work with a Lyme-treating doctor. Antibiotics are usually needed, and people are also doing a lot of other treatments as well. My fibro symptoms went to zero within a week of taking clindamycin antibiotic, 150 mg 4x/'day.

 

Tatty - September 19

Well, costochondritis is a symptom or sign of fibro. I had it too and went to a cardiologist and got a clean bill of health.

 

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