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Chest Pain

traterttrater Posts: 288
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Fibromyalgia
When I first started having noticeable symptoms of fibro, it was chest pain that was also in to my arm pit area. The arm pit pain stopped, but the chest pain continues to rage on. It feels like I have been punched in the chest and caused the muscle to bruise.I wonder if the upper back pain that I have been experiencing is a pain that is radiating from the chest pain or if it is in my ribs... if all of it is rib pain. I have to get up at least two or three times during the night to use the bathroom and my stomach bloats ten minutes after I eat something, making me feel like I way over ate. The TMJ is a million times worse now and I have noticed that I grit my teeth all the time. Of course this means that I almost always have a headache. The fatigue is overwhelming and the insomnia is worse than it ever was. I just hang in there and try to take it one day at a time.


  • I hope your chest pain gets better...you take care
  • You can get mouthguard from the pharmacy to stop the grinding if it's too expensive with the dentist. Also have you got your chest pain checked out at the ER with EKG and bw. Are you on any pain meds or sleeping pills? I think this should all be reviewed with your Doctor. Just thinking of you. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • What's going on? You're not supposed to be feeling so miserable! Have you seen the doc lately?

  • Thank you for your suggestions and concerns. It really means the world to me. This stuff going on with me is driving me insane. I feel like my life just keeps slipping away from me. Going through ten plus years of back pain has been tough, but this other stuff is even worse. After getting my SCS I really thought my life was going to change and I would be able to do many things that I thought I would never be able to do again. I wasn't REAL active before, but I could just SEE myself doing more things. I have been able to do more things this year than last, but since I started having the fibro symptoms, my activities have been a bit diminished. I save up all my energy to be able to attend my daughter's sport events. This is her senior year and I don't want to miss a thing. I know that my family is just as sad about all the new stuff as I am. We are mourning the loss of my health. I think they are taking on the "pretend it isn't happening and it isn't" attitude. I would too if it wasn't slamming me in the face.
    I haven't been to a dentist to check on the bite guard thing. I tried one from the store one time, but it made me gag! I couldn't use it. I'm sure I should go to the dentist and see if they can do something for me. Maybe soon.

    I went to the doctor with the chest pain, but he didn't think it was heart related. When it first started it felt like my breasts were engorged, you know, like when you have a baby and the milk comes in! Then it settled in to the muscles and, what feels like the bones in my chest, especially my sternum. The thoracic region in my back has also been giving me an extra amount of pain. I get a feeling like I have a knot on my shoulder blade. I try stretching and rubbing it to try to ease the pain, but it just doesn't go away. I have noticed that I am pulling my shoulders down and in ( the front) in order to ease the pain in my chest. I haven't had a cardiac work-up but I have had a boat load of labs done.

    I would appreciate hearing what some of you guys symptoms are too. I have seen the lists of potential symptoms, but I would like to hear the real deal from some of yall. Thanks!
  • The chest pain WAS one of the first things that tipped me off with fibro. I was scared too, but it sounds like you might have costochondritis. The exact area you are describing is where it was sore for me too, and it continues to be a problem for me for a while now.

    My ribs hurt too, and also right under my underarms. I was told by my PT to use a tennis ball or rolling pin to roll over those areas. I get knots there a lot on on the top of my shoulder. It does hurt to roll over them, but it's like the action of the tennis ball "flattens" those knots out and it feels much better!
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  • Just saw this *rolls eyes*

    I have that feeling too in my chest area,but you described it way better than I would have.When I read it I thought "dang that's exactly how my chest feels"...but mine is a little higher up(like where my boobs would be if they didn't sag-lol).I feel it in my back area too and I was beginning to wonder if I was getting problems in the T area,as I only have the cervicle ddd.

    My BF has the TMJ problems and paid 500. for his mouthgaurd which he proceeded to grind through.His dentist said it was impossible to bite through the thing,but believe me,he did.

    I sure hope that you get everything checked out.To tell the truth,I sometimes just get sick and tired of going to the Dr and maybe don't take my health as seriously as I should...keep putting things off is what I mean.Other than my regular PCP & PM appts I sometimes feel as though I don't want to be bothered with any 'extra' stuff,but then there is is.I'm going to make the extra effort and get these extra things taken care of.My PCP appt is in Nov.,and I'm making a list(lol)

    I don't have fibro but the fatigue and the insomnia is enough to wear you down and that makes it harder to do the extra things..when you're just glad the day to day is taken care of.

  • Sounds like we're all from the same elite club! Yea for us, right? I think I read somewhere that a magnesium/malic acid combo is helpful for fibro. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm giving it some serious consideration. I already take a handful of medicine and the thought of adding more isn't a pleasant one, but if it helps... I guess on top of that all we can do is rest, rest, rest!
    You all get some rest. I hope you have a good weekend.
  • i read this earlier, but was like had to think back about it.

    well hellooooooooo im up soooooo tired. i just posted under back fourms for a good tiny whine.
    my neck, sholders, inbetween shoulder blades, and now sitting up, ribs & chest. like you did a heavy upper body workout. ugghh. im feeling the pain ur having right now i really am darn it all. fibro fibro go away come back another day or NOT AT ALL image:)" alt=">:)" height="20" /> image:)" alt=">:)" height="20" /> #o #o #o :''(

    did you ever get checked for IBS or do you already have it??
    that is associated with fibro to.
    you mentioned bloating after you eat. i blow up like a balloon no matter how small the meal, how healthy or un healthy it is. its so uncomfortable.
    something for food for thought on the bloating issue.

    lots of HEAT HEAT HEAT, muscle relaxers if you have them and i sometimes sleep with the heating blanket on low up against my chest with my body pillow pressed up against me, that also helps the chest and belly problem.

    once in a tiny while i will get the under the arm pain with it.

    but i havn't flared in so long.
    could be from the weather like usual or inactivity since im kinda under restriction to do nothing to make my heart beat go FAST. if not one thing its another. but hey the STRONG people like us make it through right?? YOU BET YA :D O:) >:D< >:D< B)
    hang in there !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    lots of soft gentle hugs to you
    >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D< I) I) I) I) I)
  • I have constant rib pain, despite being "undiagnosed" with fibro. It is the tissue between each rib, and the more painful it gets, the more I tend to roll my shoulders forward, which shortens up all the muscles in the top part of your ribcage. One thing I learned through physio is to be very careful about my posture; remember to roll your shoulders back and down so your front muscles are expanded again.

    My underarm and rib pain was the most severe it's ever been about 10 days ago, and I was finally put on prednisone for the "allover inflammation". It was like a miracle, as the pain was reduced drastically and almost immediately, but obviously prednisone is not a "drug of choice" with all the ugly side effects! :''(

    As for TMJ issues, I have done physiotherapy and prolotherapy for it, and had four different mouth guards made that irritated it even more. The more stress in my life or the more my neck is bothered, the worse my TMJ is affected. I have seen a TMJ specialist, but when they start talking about surgery (I have a badly degenerated and dislocated disk on my right side), I run and hide.

    I was one of the people who suggested the magnesium and malic acid combo for muscle pain with fibro; it's a very inexpensive thing to try, but you do have to give it at least six weeks and take it regularly.

    Good luck!

  • I know these chest, abdominal and upper back symptoms are really hard to take and hard to get a handle on. Mine started after a car wreck and neck injury and the docs told me would go away after neck surgery but never did. first started in upper back. now have over the years spread to front of chest, ribs and now have IBS like symptoms, insomnia, TMJ and everything else ya'll described!! I have chronic pain from surgeries and injuries over the years and stress from all of it plays in too. :(

    this is definitely something we manage not 'cure' and is multifaceted, multisystemed.

    Ya I also relate to pulling my posture down with shoulders due to the pain/tightness. I use one of those braces to remind me to keep my my shoulders back and it helps for a time but it gets aggravating if i wear it too long too.

    If anyone has had any luck with the magnesium/malic acid combo can you share the doses that helped you?

    It is such a huge drain on the patient and the family and is so hard to explain to everyone including those who don't understand (or those who don't wish to or don't try to)

    I have likely had it for years since my first injury but was just officially diagnosed last year by my neurologist after a syncopal episode (triggered by exhaustion no doubt she said, my lab work was so out of whack)

    You guys hang in there and we know we are not alone, right?

    Hugs to all here.
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