Those with fibromyalgia who participate in activities that require them to bend forward (typing or sitting at a desk, etc.) often have particular problems with pain in the chest, or the upper parts of the body known as “chest pain and dysfunction”.
Often, these pains are accompanied by panting and posture problems, (it does not allow to be upright because the pain is accentuated)
Some patients may also have a condition called “costochondralgia,” which is muscle pain where the ribs join the breastbone.
Such conditions mimic the symptoms of heart disease and are therefore often misdiagnosed.
It is characterized by pain in the joint that joins the sternum with the ribs or the costochondral joint (that joins the rib with cartilage).
This causes severe chest pain (in some cases this pain can become extreme, becoming debilitating, even preventing breathing, since when inhaling the chest opens and produces unbearable pain), in one or more costal cartilages.
Its onset can be gradual or sudden and due to its intensity it can radiate to the arms and shoulders and cause difficulty in breathing.
That is why it can often be confused with angina pectoris or myocardial infarction.
In addition, the person who suffers it, the severe pain and the symptoms, can lead them to have anxiety or panic when thinking that they are having a heart attack.
(Anyone experiencing chest pain should always see a doctor immediately.)
Remember that people with fibromyalgia can have other health problems too!
People who have FM are susceptible to a generally asymptomatic heart condition called mitral valve prolapse (MVP) in which one of the heart’s valves swells during a beat, causing a click or murmur.
An MVP is usually not a cause for concern in FM patients unless another heart condition is present.
My Rheumatologist prescribed an anticonvulsant for this horrible pain.
He also advised me NOT TO DO ANYTHING THAT CAUSES PAIN.
Not even in physical activity, I had to stop going to pilates, because more than half of the exercises caused me this pain.
Of course, I do other types of exercises that don’t involve the chest.
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