Left side pain

Hi all, I'm not sure if this is fibro related but wondered if anyone had experienced similar.

I have a recurring pain in my upper left side - below my chest area. The pain is so sharp it takes my breath away and totally stops me in my tracks. I daren't move or breath until it subsides but it never lasts for long.

The area is quite tender to touch and I've recently been diagnosed with PCOS and wonder if it could be related - totally forgot to mention it!!!

I will probably make another docs appointment to be sure but any insight or suggestions are welcome.

Thanks in advance xx

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  • I get this a lot I have for years they said it was ibs I also get it right side my doc now says it's down to fibro but I would get it checked I also find cocodamol can set it of x

  • Forgot to say my stomach swells up after I get the pain x

  • Thanks, I've struggled to find a link to any foods/medication. It feels too high and far round my side to be ibs?

  • Sounds like IBS

  • I would definetly go to the doctors about it x

  • Hi Geraldine,

    My instinct is to suggest costochondritis, which is often linked with fibro. That having been said, I really think you should pay a visit to your doctor as soon as you can, firstly to rule out anything more serious, and secondly to get a proper diagnosis and medication to help you.

    Sending lots of positive healing vibes your way 😀

    Foggy x

  • Good answer Foggy I concurr but it is worth talking to your Gp for his views. Do let us know how you get on .... take care

    x ginsing

  • HI Geraldine G

    I am so genuinely sorry to read that you are suffering and struggling with this pain, and I sincerely hope that you can find the answers that you so desperately desire and deserve.

    I am not a doctor but it does come across as sounding like a Musculoskeletal type of pain such as Costochondritis. I have pasted you a link below to the NHS Choices cache on Costochondritis:

    NHS Choices - Costochondritis:


    It could be a myriad of other conditions from Fibro to Arthritis or something else? So it is always best to discuss these issues with your GP or Medical Specialist just to get other medical conditions ruled out of the equation. I want to genuinely and sincerely wish you all the best of luck.

    All my hopes and dreams for you


  • Ken brilliant answer to a popular question Thank You for being brilliant at what you do I know all the girls think you are the best :)

  • Hi ad with all chest pain I would get it checked out asap to be on the safe side go to A&E if you keep getting them. Hope that you feel better soon.

  • So sorry to hear about the pain your in, unfortunately there also rats if pain you can get with this,I was always at the doctors,hospital.

    I always got told it's the fibromayia so I have given up going as much now.

    Take care G

  • I also get sharp pains in my left side and sometimes my right. I have to take a few short breaths and then deep ones until it subsides. It is very sporadic. Thank you Ken for the information. I never knew it was costochondritis or even what that was. My pain totally fits with that. I tend to just write most things off to Fibro, which may be the wrong thing to do, but it just feels like I am making things up when I go to the Dr, although he is very good.

    Geraldine, I agree that going to the Dr to find out for sure is best.

    Sending warm wishes to all of you.

    Janet xx

  • Put it into the same bag with all the other problems you have or had- Fibro hits hard, leaves slowly and destroys the soul- Anyone with Fibro will have loads of symptoms of all sorts of problems and its all the same answer- FIBRO - Don't try to understand why or what or if - just know that from one day to the next life is very different- don't rest too much, pain is non existent in most cases, fibro lies to the brain and tells the body its hurting when in truth it is saying something else- a slight twinge is an electric shock, a trapped nerve is a broken ankle or wrist- you get the point- when it hurts, ten minutes rest- try again.. just don't give up- noticed that there is a lot of people on this website saying the same things, feelings sorry for themselves makes things a lot worse- I know I've had fibro since 1994...

  • I get that two and never know what triggers it it would be good to here what your doctor says as my doctors don't listen when I bring up any other pains I have or just put it down to the fibro

  • I would see my doctor but have had similar while seeing the doctor and she found nothing. It was a complete fluke seeing the doctor while I actually still had the pain! She checked me for various things including a hernia and said there was nothing obvious.

  • Hiya, So sorry to read of the left side pain and nothing could be more uncomfortable and painful than my right shoulder and upper arm pain. Its intermittent and a sort of shooting spasm of pain. I feel its so unfair to have this hurt some of the time. I take two 500 Paracetemol at the onset of the pain and I rejoice as it sometimes goes away. I'm going to ask my GP for tramadol as I believe this may give some relief. Also there is no proper refreshing sleep- only catnaps. I believe fibro could be caused by stress or relationship abuse so I'm monitoring this as well. Also I intend to do daily exercises at the

    gym and go swimming twice a week. I am taking large doses of vit D, Omega 3 fish oil, Cod liver oil and Glucosamine.

    Praying that your pain subsides,

    Lots of love,


  • Hi

    Please get it checked out. I had the same symptoms and put it down to my fibromyalgia but it got worse. I had pluerasy . If left untreated can be dangerous. Never put it all down to your fibromyalgia.


  • i had that the doctor said mussel spazerm

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