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Horrendous chest pains

Hi all,

Just wondered does anyone experience chest pain that I assume would be pretty close to what I imagine a heart attack would feel like? scared stupid yesterday spent whole day in AEU. Also having involuntary twitching in hands and legs my symptoms just seen to be changing a lot. Am also getting severe cramps in calves and thighs at night waking up screaming the place down.

Now looks like I will loose my job- not sure what the future holds just fought sso long to keep my job, feel a little lost and numbxx

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Hi lou59 I see you have recently joined us so first I woul like to welcome to our wonderful forum ☺ I'm sure you will come to find the forum invaluable in chatting to others who are going through the same experience as you, talking to others at different stages of their lives with Fibro and learning from their experiences.

The chest pain you describe sounds like costochondritis, did they say that at the hospital ?. It's a very painful thing & as you say, feels like heart attack. I get it sometimes and it hurts to breath.

I also get horrendous cramps & General twitches everywhere, I take Quinuine Sulphate which helps and amitriptyline. Are you taking medication?

Please do go look at the mother site where you will find all the information you need and lots of useful links on Fibro and I look forward to chatting to you on the forum.

fmauk.org

Peace, luv n light

Jan xx

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Costa what Jan I think he should go to doctors with chest pain he is describing I'm not undermining you I know you know a lot more than more than I do , but I don't think chest pain is fibro I hope he's alright I like you new photo Jan xxx

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Hi Hidden I don't know everything honey but when I answer someones post I make sure that i have athentic, current, recognised information. I'm afraid although costochondritis is a separate condition, it is something that a lot of people with fibro have. You are completely correct and you should always get immediate medical attention with chestpains because of the fact it could be heart attack but lou59 says, an a&e stay didn't show heart attack. Fibro is such a complex condition my friend and a lot of people with Fibro tend to suffer with a lot of of conditions & this sadly to say is one of them.

I have copied some information here so you can have a read.

A condition called costochondritis, which causes pain around the breast bone and rib cage, is believed to be common in people with fibromyalgia (FMS). It's also called noncardiac chest pain or musculoskeletal chest pain.

A lot of people don't realize this pain could be caused by a separate condition causing that requires its own treatment. Because any other sources of pain can make your FMS symptoms worse, it's important for you to treat costochondritis.

Costochondritis can make you think you're having cardiac problems, which is a scary thing. This pain is actually what signaled the beginning of my fibromyalgia pain after non-pain symptoms had crept up for months.

Hope this helps

Glad you like new pic 😉

Luv Jan xx

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Hi Janet don't think I responded to this query ?????😘😘😘

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Hahaha sorry hun Hidden I meant Hidden not you my friend, sometimes when you are hopping from posts to messages & responding to 30 or 40 notifications it's very easy to mistake to make. I bet you wondered what the heaven name I was going on about lol

Luv Jan xx

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Iv lost it Jan You know me sometimes I can be really mean Sorry xxx

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No it's ok my friend, I don't see it being mean at all, you just say what you mean lol I know you well already xxx

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I think I fell of my milk float Jan That's my site name is Erny 😘

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Ok

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Flaming heck Loe Chest pain go to the doctors Fibromygia is not usually related to chest pain Fibro as far as I know is muschial pain headaches, Backache that kind of thing Have you been diegnosed with Fibromygia?

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Hi there

Did the hospital tell you what they thought was causing your chest pains?

As our Jan has said there is a condition called Costochondritis. It does cause extreme pain and is caused by inflammation of the muscle in the chest wall.

If you are ever unsure about chest pain you should never ignore it.

Costochondritis is a fairly common symptom of Fibromyalgia and I have had it myself several times.

It sounds as though you could also have RSL Restless Leg Syndrome.

Have you ever seen a Rheumatologist? If not I would ask your GP for a referral to see one.

Lu xx

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Hi lou59

I really am so genuinely sorry to read this my friend, and I am not surprised that you were afraid. As BlueMermaid3 and Janet28 says it sounds a great deal like Costochondritis. What did the hospital say? Do you suffer with anything akin to COPD or other lung conditions?

I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck and please take care of yourself my friend.

All my hopes and dreams for you

Ken

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ME is the cause of chest pain. Its the muscle round the heart. Look it up. Ive also had this. Xx

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I'v had costachondritis many times and suffer sporadic bouts of it. It is extremely painful and takes my breath away. Ended up in hosp last year because of it. Always get checked out though hun.

Take care

Angie xx

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Sounds like gerd i too had the same had to get the ambulance out as thought i was having a heart attack as getting pains in my left arm too ...Wasn't ...had coloscopy turned out i got a haitus hernia and this is why i had the pain diagnosed with gerd too...So can't eat chocolate wahhh so bad ...Unless there's one that's milk free/fat free as had my gall bladder removed too ...Sorry to hear about your pain ..You have my sympathies x

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Swww that's awful hope you keep your job you say you been to emerge and it's not your heart . Then maybe it could be what is called costocondritis. Yes it's very pain full. It usually is from an injury to your chest. But make sure you do what the Dr. Says to do.

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I get the chest pain it usually starts in my ribs and upper back and works its way around to my chest. I have it at the moment and am seeing gp next week. I think it could be costochondritis. I found magnesium spray helps cramps. Just light spray before you go to bed. Believe fibro sufferers have low magnesium. I lost my job 2 years ago and still trying to come to terms with not working but I know I couldn't work now as the job I did was really stressful and I think you just find a way to cope. I just take each day as it comes. Mainly because fibro fog makes it harder to think further. Good luck. Gentle hugs Joolz.x

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I also have costo ... It comes and goes. It feels like someone has tied tight belts across your chest and ribs. If i walk up the stairs I'm out of breath, also i do lots of sigh breaths with it. My ribs feel bruised and a light touch can send you through the roof in pain.

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Hi, hope you’re feeling a little better today. I have fibromyalgia as well as other conditions, but I too have and am going through very similar situation with chest pain recently. I went to the doctors just for a check up as I had had several episodes with chest pain the previous day. He did an ecg and called an ambulance. Treated me as if I had had a heart attack or that one was imminent. I was very scared! However once I got to the hospital the said I had not had a heart attack. I was sent home with aspirin to take every day and was sent for every heart test going. I haven’t had any results yet and I keep having the chest pains a lot. I don’t go to the hospital every time I have them now. But it would be nice to know what this is and what causes it. I too lost my job last July, I had worked at the school for twenty years. I fought hard to keep my job as it gave me a reason to get up in the morning, but they finally made my post redundant and there was nothing I could do about it. I hope you do feel better soon, but sympathies with you. Take care of you, that’s all you can do. Gentle hugs!

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