I’ve been feeling like crud lately and thought this would be a good time to discuss various side issues that go along with a Fibromyalgia diagnosis. I am not a medical professional and don’t claim to be. Don’t assume that my experiences are the same as yours. If something is happening that you don’t recognize, go get checked out.
Costochondritis is literally a pain in the chest. It’s terrifying to anyone, especially one with a family history of cardiovascular issues. My first experience with it came in the early 90s. I was in the middle of an argument with my then boyfriend and started feeling bad. I put the argument aside and went to bed, hoping rest would make me feel better. It didn’t. I awakened with strong chest pains and trouble breathing. The trip to the ER cost a pretty penny to the uninsured food service employee. but it was worth it to know that I wasn’t having a heart attack.
Many years and a few similar episodes later and it still results in a similar fear. I know now what symptoms to look for and know the attack will pass. Costochondritis is a regular part of my life now and just part of a severe Fibro flare.
Costochondritis, or inflamed breast bone, is painful inflammation of the breast bone and rib cage. Like me, if may make you think you’re having a heart attack. The pain may come out of nowhere like mine did, or it may be the result of overtraining, an injury, or extended coughing fits that accompany a cold or flu bug. Treatment is easy – just over the counter anti-inflammatory solutions like tylenol or Advil should do the trick. When Fibromyalgia is involved, the pain is intensified and does not always fade as quickly as one would hope. Extended pain saps energy, and when the chest pain combines with the spine pain, makes Sherrie tired and angry rather than friendly.
Do you have Costochrondritis? How do you deal with it?