Do you get sharp pains in your chest and ribs? Does it hurt to the touch? (And by hurt, I mean "feel like you're being stabbed with a red-hot knife.")
A lot of us with fibromyalgia get that pain. It's called costochondritis.
Costochondritis is painful swelling between the bones in that area. For me, it was a harbinger of fibromyalgia and made me think I was having a heart attack. For weeks, and then on and off for years, I iced it regularly and had to sleep in a recliner some nights because laying flat caused unbearable pain. When it was bad, it looked like I had half a golf ball sitting on my breast bone.
Sometimes we have pain higher up on the chest, and recently someone here asked about pain near the clavicle. A couple of fibro-related things could be going on: it could the tender points that are used to diagnose us - we have a pair of them just under the clavicle; or it could be myofascial trigger points, like in myofascial pain syndrome, which is extremely common in us.
Of course, if you have a new pain that starts suddenly, it could always be from something completely unrelated to your condition(s). Because chest pain could signal a heart problem, it's imperative that you get it checked out right away and don't write it off as "just" another fibromyalgia symptom. You may also have an injury that needs treated. As always, better safe than sorry.
Have you had costochondritis or other fibro-related chest/rib pain? What triggered it? Did anything help? Leave your comments below!
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