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chest pain and breathing problems
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pugy - October 2

Help. I have chest pain so bad that it burns and makes me feel like I can't breath. Been through tons of tests and the ER. All they do is run me through the ekg etc then send me home. Also have pain in the ribs and back. have been to doctor to doctor.How do you know for sure if it's fibro. was told that I had localized fibro pain but offered no treatment. Have many more symptoms and feel bad most of the time.


[email protected] - September 6

I have had this virus. It is called Costochondritis, it is the swelling of the sternum and the ribs. It feels like a really bad pulled muscle. It can go along with FMS. My Dr. put me on Prednisone for 2 weeks and the pain disappeared. That has been a month ago and, knock on wood, the pain is gone. I feel for you it is very painful but luckily there is a way to get rid of the chest pain. Good luck! I hope that this helps. Take care and God bless!


Jean - September 7

I looked up your symptom of Costochondritis and it says it is an inflamation of the ribs and cartilage. I haven't heard of this with FMS. FMS from what I read does not cause inflamation. Where do I find this info?


tonyab1838 - September 7

Here is the answer and the website. I hope it helps. What is costochondritis?

Costochondritis is a common form of inflammation of the cartilage where ribs attach to the breast bone, the sternum. The inflammation can involve multiple cartilage areas on both sides of the sternum but usually is on one side only.

The cause(s) of costochondritis is(are) not known and may involve several factors. Possible causes include heredity (genetic predisposition), viruses, and trauma (injury).

Costochondritis can be an independent condition by itself or sometimes be a feature of a more widespread disorder. Examples of illnesses that can feature costochondritis include fibromyalgia, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, reactive arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease (such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease ).


Jean - September 8

Hi tonyab1838, thanks for the info. I've not experienced that. But I do have sore ribs. I am a shallow breather which I'm trying to correct with breathing exercises especially when I take a walk. I have osteoarthritis to combined with everything and I have to keep moving. I"m damed if I do and damed if I don't. But we try to keep the positive. Thanks again.


CJ - October 2

Hi--I've had FM for 2 years, and 10 months ago I started having increasing chest pain. I also have had what seems to have been a couple of asthma attacks. The doc found no hard evidence of asthma, but he did put me on Singulair, a med for asthma and allergies (it reduces inflammation).

The constant chest pain stopped as soon as I began the Singulair. I have stopped the Singulair twice (for pulmonary function tests) and both times the chest pain started immediately.

I have also been wondering if I have (had?) costochondritis. In costochondritis, the cartilage connecting the ribs and the sternum are inflamed, but there is no external edema (swelling) present. There is another condition called "Tietze Syndrome" which is very similar except that swelling (edema) is present. About 4 years ago I mysteriously separated several ribs from my sternum--I'm sure that hasn't helped matters...

So I'm still on my mission to determine if the Singulair is getting rid of pain in my lungs or pain around my sternum. I know that Singulair inhibits inflammation caused by leukotrienes, so it inhibits inflammation in the lungs. Does anyone know of any articles or med info that would show that Singulair can inhibit leukotrienes (and therefore inhibit pain) somewhere besides the lungs (like in the chest?)

I also have reactive arthritis, which may be contributing to the problem. It all started with a parvo-virus outbreak at my son's school a couple years ago--it's been downhill from there...

By the way, I too, have seen articles relating FM and costochondritis. Do a google search on those two words and you'll find lots of hits.



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