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Left arm and chest pains

Evening all,

I haven't been diagnosed with fibromyalgia but I'm pretty sure that is what I have had for the last two years. With me, the pain presents itself down my left arm and in the left side of my chest (scary as at first I thought it was my heart!).

I was wondering if anyone else was in this situation?

I am still out of work although recently I have begun to make some progress at the gym which gives me hope.

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Hello achy-rob

Welcome to the forum :)

Please tell me that you have had some investigations on your heart?!

Pain in the chest and left arm is the warning sign of a heart attack and should always be taken very seriously.

I have had Fibro & ME for 36 years and my advice to you would be to take it easy at the gym.

Often times Fibro sufferers will over do exercise and then the following day will feel completely wiped out.

In order to get a definitive diagnosis of Fibromyalgia lots of other conditions have to be ruled out first, such as Lyme Disease, Lupus and MS.

Once your GP has ruled these out, it is normal practice to be referred to a Rheumatologist. They are the specialists that deal with Fibromyalgia.

Unfortunately it can take many many years to get a diagnosis.

Good luck and I hope that you are able to make some progress in finding out what is causing your symptoms.

Wishing you a peaceful evening.

Lu x



Thanks for the reply! I've had my heart thoroughly checked out so I am at ease about that, thank you for the concern. It is distracting though when the pains come because of where they are. Thank you for the other medical advice too, plenty of avenues to explore which is a positive thing!

Wishing you a peaceful evening too x


Hi a acky-rob if it's been ruled out I think it's like bluemermaid3 said and it's cos uv over done it, I'm not a doctor but I have pulled a muscle where ur saying the pain is and that's what it maybe, hope it eases soon. Shibby x

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Hello achy-rob and a warm welcome to our friendly fibro forum where you can some very and understanding people who will help and support you along with a laugh or two to brighten the day.

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Here you will find a wealth of informative information on locking your posts, navigating around the site and other guidelines.

So sorry you have a diagnosis of fibro but in some ways it is a relief to be able to put a name to the symptoms.

Many members here have taken several years or more before finally receiving their diagnosis.

It does feel soul destroying when you look back to when you were able to achieve so much and now it takes all your energy just to get through the day.

You are definitely not alone here.

Looking forward to seeing you around the forum.

Good luck on your journey my friend


Hi Rob, welcome to the forum. I was initially affected down the left side of my body as well but my diagnosis was arrived at after numerous tests and other conditions were ruled out, as Lu has mentioned. There are a lot of other illnesses that have similar symptoms so if you haven't done so already you need to speak to your GP about what can be done to investigate your condition. Good luck and take care x


Hi achy-rob

I sincerely hope that you are feeling as well as you possibly can be today? Welcome to the forum and it is wonderful to make your acquaintance. Since your heart is not the issue it may help to talk to your doctor about a referral to Rheumatology to ascertain if you do indeed have fibro my friend?

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



So sorry you are suffering so much pain and truly hope you get some relief very soon..x


I have got the pain in my left elbow. It hurts n aches. Doc checked it and its golf elbow. Where the elbow is, its swollen n sort of round so have to have a steriod injection. Ive had the pains in chest too which was related to chronic fatigue. Hope you get sorted soon xx


Thanks to all for the replies. Lots to think about. There are some very kind people on this forum!


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