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How is costochondritis connected to fibromyalgia?
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Emma - May 2

How is costochondritis connected to fibromyalgia? I've had FM for 9 years and have excruciating bouts with what a friend of mine from Chicago says is CC, caused from the cold,damp wind off the Lake......I live in Oklahoma! I've just been through a major emotional trauma that has brought on the usual FM symptoms but more this time. What exactly is Costochondritis, what causes it and how do I get rid of it? I feel like I'm having a heart attack, terrible knife-like pain through my breastbone clear to my backbone, rib cage is so sore just taking a breath it takes my breath away! HELP!


Rebecca - April 6

Hi Emma, i to suffer with this. Its very doctor gave me Indocin, I only took this med. for about 10 days. It worked for me. hope you feel better.


Jean - April 7

It is an inflamation of the cartilage in the rib areas. It is said that it is seperate from FMS but also could come with FMS as another condition. It lasts about 6 weeks and can still retrurn so talk with your doctor. I think I have a mild case of it and it has just waxed and wned through my almost 5 years of FMS. I get these sore spots under the rib cage but has not gotten to the poiint of affecting my breathing pattern, however it does affect some peoples breathing abilities. Talk with your doctor about it.


DEBRA - April 12

Hi: Emma I also have it .I find that stress brings in on.what helps me a bit is moist heat anything hot or warm on the painful areas.I have Fibromyalgia as well.Take care.


Marty - April 24

I have Fibro now for 4yrs & now i have discovered i also have costochondritis, which can be quite painfull & uncomfortable at time.My question is does anyone with these conditions have stomach problems? I get a lot of acid & a soreness in the tummy, sometimes when i eat i get very bloated quite quickly & it can feel as if the food is not passing from my stomach but lodgeing there.. strange i know.. but thats what it can feel like.
Any replies would be appreciated

Marty :)


Renee - April 30

I was diagnosed with Costochondritis before I was actually diagnosed with FMS. It never went away and like Marty said I have stomach problems along with it. At times idt does get so bad that I cannot breathe at times. I just take ibuprohen for it and just hope that I feel alright. I hope you feel better.


Pam - May 2

Hi Emma, I also have FMS and CC (another name for this is "Teetzy Snyndrome). I find dosing with Advil when the CC flares up gets on top of it. CC is hereditary as my mother had it, I have it and my daughter has it. Basically, I was told by my doctor it is simply inflammation in the breastbone. Yes, it is very painful. I find heat and the Advil relieves it. Severe weather change tned to bring it on. Like FMS, you have "flare-ups" with it. I am praying for you.



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