FM/CFS and chest pain

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by ourlife, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. ourlife

    ourlife New Member

    Friday night i came home from work and my back and neck was hurting so bad. I laid down on the couch and my whole body was hurting but then my chest starting hurting in the middle across my left breast and under my left arm. I have never had that before. It lasted for a while and then stopped. Has anyone else experienced that?
  2. ladybugmandy

    ladybugmandy Member

    yes that has happened to me when the condition is at its worse. i assume it means infections are taking a toll.

    have you tried antiviral treatment?
  3. luv2float

    luv2float New Member

    If it continues, you better get it checked out just to make sure it isn't your heart. That was how the docs discovered my fibro, I was having such bad chest pains. After all the tests came back perfect and I tested positive for 18/18 tender points they ruled it was fibro.

    Also, a condition called costochronditus can give you chest pain. It is an inflamation of the cartilage around your rib cage and can make you feel like you're having a heart attack. This usually subsides in a few days to a week.

    Hope you feel better soon.
  4. PainPainGoAway

    PainPainGoAway New Member

    I noticed you recently started taking Provigil. That can be a side effect... I just recently figured that out after two years...I had to stop it even though it did help, as it began to bother me greatly.

    Now and then I can take a quarter of a pill. I learned from Grammy27 that it can affect the heart if you have any adrenal issues, which many of us by cutting it down to 50mg for me, no chest problems or other issues (I also get diarrhea and feel agitated). I didn't start out with those issues but they gradually crept up on me.

    If you think it could be that, you can call the pharmacy (if you're still taking it) and ask about it. Also, chest pain is NEVER anything to mess with (like I should talk, I've ignored my own) so please have it checked out with your doctor.

  5. Risk

    Risk New Member

    So sorry you are experiencing this as well. I get them almost constantly and it drives me up a wall. And at times the way you describe it. It's probably the worst part of the fibro/cfs and dysautonomia for me. I can take pain anywhere else in my body but not my chest. I'll never learn to let it not bother me.

    Can't tell you how many cardio workups I've had.

    Hang in there. Hope you are feeling better today.

  6. RENA0808

    RENA0808 Member

    I have been tested for loads of heart complaints as heart disease is common in my family.

    But costochondrtitis seems to be the answer for my chest/rib pains.It can also go into my back!

    I cannot even wear a bra because it restricts my breathing and makes me feel quite sick. I cannot get enough air into my lungs and it makes me panic.

    This also saps any energy at all in my body so all I can do when I feel bad with costo is to lie down and do nothing until the worst of the pain goes.Sorry that you have this.

    Take care
  7. SolSerenade

    SolSerenade New Member

    yes, during a period of time in the course of my illness (me/cfs) i experienced exactly what you describe. I say "during a period of time" because I no longer experience it (pain is major symptom, but it's different pain, and 7 years later)

    when it occurred in my experience was very near the beginning of my approx. 9 years of being ill. it all began i think with a sore throat, at least a year of "we don't know what it is", then diagnosis, THEN,

    about a year into my illness, I had what you describe - what I did was do the "typical" "am i having a heart-attack" tests (stress test, treadmill, sensors on body)
    ---- which showed that my heart was fine.

    so, sorry my writing is a bit jumbly/wrambly tonight, but it sounds to me like "one of those things characteristic of your illness; not that we know the cause of it" <== sort of a quote from my doc, a specialist.

    :edit: another point i'm trying to make is, for me, *it was a phase that came and went* -- was VERY unpleasant, worrisome at first -- however, that specific pain, i don't feel any more -- replaced with other stuff.

    hope you feel better. take care.

    [This Message was Edited on 02/23/2009]
  8. candycane53

    candycane53 New Member

    I thought oh well now my heart is bad too,until i read this,. I have had chest pain for the past 1 1/2 years. most of the time i feel like my whole chest is beimg crushed,and i never breath air right, i sure hope mine stops soon. I get out of breath alot.This me/cfs fibro all of it ,what can i say. i have had this stuff for over 25 years. Bless those of us with this unforgivable disease,illness what ever it is.
  9. EyeQ

    EyeQ New Member

    I have had similiar pain that radiates along the left meridian of my chest to the rib. It generally appears when I have exceeded my energy envelope. I have had numerous heart test, stress test, echos, nuclear dye stress test, holter monitor, diastolic dysfunction, and they have all come back normal. I have generally low blood pressure and my resting pulse rate is 58. When I get my pulse rate above 85-90 for more than 10 minutes then I induce the chest discomfort. My theory is that the mitochondria in my heart tissue run out of energy (ATP) and the pain is the signal to stop and lay down and rest. After being in the supine position for 20 minutes my heart rate drops back down and my chest pain decreases, but I will have an ache for several days until I recover from the over exertion. It is fairly repeatable, but obviously I try to avoid it. I have had CFS/ME for 6 years and prior to this I was an athlete with a resting heart rate of 48. I would love to hear from others with this experience.
  10. shari1677

    shari1677 New Member

    My first symptom of FM was right chest, right armpit, and right shoulder blade pain. That was 5 years ago. It has never gone away.

    Prior to FM, I was a competitive long-distance runner and in the best shape of my life. I am 43.[This Message was Edited on 05/24/2010]
  11. EyeQ

    EyeQ New Member

    It seems I run across lots of ME/CFS patients who were once big time sports people. Runners, bikers, triathletes, all aerobic types. So is the chest pain heart related or costo-chronritis? I would be interested to know if there are people out there who have tried beta-blockers or anti-inflammatories for the pain.
  12. stschn

    stschn New Member

    Just had every heart test out there and was surprised to hear that my heart is in wonderful condition-and yes I get the chest situation but for me it's more a heaviness and it does move around.
  13. TaniaF

    TaniaF Member

    I'm in a horrible flare right now - chest, ribs, shoulder, back, neck.
    The worst part of the chest is that I can't breathe right and I have mild asthma. I don't think it's my asthma but the fact that my chest wall is inflamed. I use my inhalers anyway. I have had heart workups too often and they all are fine. I have had MVP and tachycardia problems since I was in my twenties and now 58.

    I have also had autoimmune bloodwork that has been normal. So, I guess this costochondritis is part of FM--sure wish the doctors would know more about this disorder. They don't and I get freaked out everytime I flare.
  14. monica33flowers

    monica33flowers New Member

    I just went thru the exact same thing. Even if i turned the wrong direction I would have shooting excruciating pain.

    My dr. gave me a scrpt for cardisprodol (muscler relaxer) and Voltran. They worked wonders. It took about 5 days but I could tell by day 3 that it was helping so much.

    Nothing else even helped with the pain. Percocet, vicodin and lidoderm patches.

    I hope you feel better soon.

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