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Chest pain
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Kerrie - July 27

One Rhuematologist tells me i without a doubt have fibromyalgia and another consultant tells me she didn't think i have fibro.
Iam pretty sure I do have it as have somany of the symptoms.
The last few days i have been experiencing awful chest pain, from my upper abdomen up into my chest and then across my chest. My ribs are sore to touch. I have read about costochondiritis but i dont not experience anymore pain with breathing or moving although as I say my ribs are very sore to touch.
Iam going to the doctors this afternoon as i woke up in the night with really bad sweats andconcerned itcould be heart related butdo you guys think its probably fibro related?


Fantod - July 27

Kerrie - Sounds like costochondritis to me. Sometimes I can't even stand the pressure from a bra. I think you are experiencing another one of the many fibro "perks." By the way, night sweats are common too. Take care.


Kerrie - July 28

Thank you,I am reassured about the night sweats!

I went to the Doctors and she said costochondiritis,today my chest feels ok,seean osteopath yesterday which really seemed to help but today i feel very tired and faint, does anyone else get a faint feeling with the fibro?

I wasreally poorly when I ha dmy little girl last year and they think this set off the fibro but I am finding the thoughts of possibly not working again and having pain each day really quite depressing, how do you guys deal with it? Its so frustrating when people do not believe/understand what you aregoing thru either


Fantod - July 28

Kerrie - Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a tough diagnosis and even tougher to live with. It is a disorder of the central nervous system that causes your pain receptors to be stuck in the "on" position. The mechanism that causes this is not understood. FMS is recognised by the National Arthitis Foundation and the Center for Disease Control. There is no cure but it can be managed.

One of the best comments I have read which was made by another member of this board is: "People with fibromyalgia are some of the toughest in the world. Having fibromyalgia is like training for the Olympics every day."

You need to be very well educated about this syndrome. Take some time to throughly read all of the information in the blue boxes on the lefthand side of this page. Education is the best defense against ignorance. If you have family members who don't understand give them a link to this website or the National Arthitis Foundation. One the latter, you will have to use the "search" function to find the information on Fibromyalgia.

There are medications that will help. It takes time and a lot of tinkering to find the right dose and combination to provide some relief. For pain Cymbalata, Lyrica and Savella are prescribed. Only certain classes of prescribed medication work so OTC remedies are a waste of time and money. For sleep, amitriptyline or other sleep aids are prescribed. FMS disrupts the deep sleep cycle. Your muscles need deep sleep to heal themselves from the days activities. No deep sleep means more pain and it becomes a vicious circle.

Try heat or cold on the cosochondritis and/or a sports cream. Personally, I like arnica which can be found at any decent health food store. It is a homeopathic sports cream which is particularly good for inflammation. Another option would be Ketoprofen which has to be made by a compound pharmacy. I use 20% Ketoprofen with lidocaine added. There are compound pharmacies everywhere. If one is not close to your home, the prescription can be faxed and the medication mailed to your home. Ketoprofen does not get into your bloodstream so it will interfere with anything else you are taking. There is also pain patch called Flector which is can be worn for 12 hours at a time. I use those too and they work well. But, the co-pay with insurance is very high.

Chronic high levels of pain need to be dealt with as the longer the pain cycle continues the harder it becomes to break. You may want to consider adding a pain specialist to your lisr of doctors. I have a rheumotologist and a pain specialist which work in tandem with one another.

Fibromyalgia requires a totally new approach to everyday life. You will have to learn to do things in smaller increments, learn to say "no" and not feel guilty and get plenty of rest. Overextending yourself a little will result in higher levels of pain and fatigue. It is a delicate balancing act which you will come to accept over time. All of us can tell you one story or another about how active we used to be prior to FMS. Beating yourself up over that does no good. Accepting your limitations is easier said than done. You are going through a grieving process right now. If you find yourself unable to move forward, please consider getting some help with those issues.

If you are not happy with your current doctor, try going to the National Fibromyalgia Association website and register. Then you can see a list of healthcare providers for your area. You could also call your local hospital physician referral service and ask them for some recommendation.

I hope that my comments are helpful to you in some way. Keep in touch and let us know how we can help. Take care and God bless.


Fantod - July 29

Kerrie - I forgot (believe it or not) a couple of key points in my last message.

You should try to focus on and be grateful for anything that you can accomplish no matter how trivial. If you continue to worry about all of the things you can no longer do, you will drive yourself crazy.

Diet is very important with FMS. No deep fried foods, or lunch meat (nitrates) as these items can raise your pain level. Stay away from diet anything - gum, soda pop, coffee sweetner etc. Most people with FMS have chemical sensitivities. If you need a sweetner for coffee, try Truvia which can be found in the grocery store along side Equal etc. It is made from the Stevia plant and much less toxic than the other stuff.

OK - enough said. Take care and continue to ask questions.


Kerrie - July 29

Thank you again for your help it is really niceto have someone to talk to. Lack of sleep i something I am having as my one year old daughter wakes 2 - 3 times a night althouh last night was only once so I feel like i had lots of sleep last night! I used amitrpytiline for about 5 weeks but it didn't seem to help the pain or sleep so I stopped taking it.

I am finding it hard as i was so active pre baby, as a child I was a national level gymnast (in the UK) and was a gymnastics coach up until a few months ago which I then realised I couldn't do it anymore which I am gutted about as gymnastics is/was a huge part of my life.

Like you say I need to try and be a bit more positive. My husband is so supportive but I do worry he will get fed up with me and my constant moaning!

I have just brought a fibromyalgia diet book from Amazon which I am waiting for as I thought perhaps that may help This site is great with so much information, my Rhuematologist gavemea smallleafleton it with very little information which listed hardly any of the symptoms.


iorabuena - July 29

hello everyone,

I'm so glad that everyone is talking about upper chest discomfort. My breastbone is very achey to the touch my bra also causes discomfort I mentioned it to my reomo. Dr. and he said it was the fibro, I was freakin out because I thought maybe it was my breasts....I also mentioned it to my gyno dr. and she said it was the muscles. This sicknes is so confusing because your always thinking maybe something else is going on. My reomo. dr. just put me on lyrica I'm scared to take because of the weight gain but i'm going to try it and see how it works.....



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