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Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
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Larry - June 12

As a teenager I would experience sharp pains in my upper left chest region (underneath my collar bone, to the right of my left shoulder just above my breast area) and have never be able to figure it out. A pain that has continued with me now as an adult.

I have had over a dozen x-rays from a teenager to now as an adult and they all say the same thing, I am fine from the looks of the x-ray.

I am reading these symptoms and they are sounding more and more accurate to my own pain.

My pain is best described as short bursts of pain when doing something such as getting up from a seated position, a sneeze or movement of my chest.

I am not affected by this on the daily level; however, the pain visits me frequently. I get the pain for a few days every couple of weeks.

I have read in a few places it could be brought on by my diet but, I am currently independent putting myself through college. Cup of noodles, lunch meat and chicken patties are keeping me alive. Need I say more? I do drink more than enough water, more than the "8x8" rule. I drink 10+ of those 8 oz water bottles on the daily.

To get to the point, I am just learning of Fibromyalgia and see this very similar to my condition. I plan on consulting a doctor when I get some free time (finals for graduation are coming up, 4 weeks until final grad day!)

However, I would like some feedback. Does this seem accurate to anyone? Does it sound like I am on the right path with thinking I may have this condition come to be known as "Fibromyalgia?" What is your opinion?

Thank you.



Fantod - June 12

Larry - Based upon your description, I would say no. Your pain should include other areas of the body and other problems like chronic fatigue.

If you look in the blue boxes on the left hand side of this page you will find a complete list of symptoms and a chart that shows the tender points necessary to make that diagnosis.

I'm thinking that you may have costochondritis which is an inflammation of the rib connective tissue. You can use Google to find out more about it. Another possibility would be an esophageal spasm which would cause sharp pain also.

You would need to see rheumotologist in order to determine if you have fibromyalgia (FMS). Only 20% of men have FMS, so it is quite rare in males.

FMS is not brought on by diet. However, a diet that is high in fat, nitrates and artifical sweeters may make the pain of FMS worse. The mechanism that causes FMS is not understood. There is no cure but it can be managed with certain classes of prescribed medication. FMS is recognised by the National Arthitis Foundation, The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control.

Good luck amd take care.



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