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55 and feeling so much older

Hi I've recently been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. This morning I woke with terrible chest pain again. Feels like what I'd imagine a heart attack feels. Had it before (terrifying especially when alone) several times. I was in hospital one time and they put me on an ECG machine, nothing. My GP and rheumatologist say it's probably indigestion, lol had that before and no way. Now I've read about a link with fibro and chest bone pain. Still scared it'll come on any time.

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Thank you for your advice. What with brain fog, pain and poor IT skills I didn't think. ❤️

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Hello and welcome!

There's a condition which causes pain and inflammation of the cartilage between the ribs and breast bone called costochondritis, which is very painful and often associated with fibromyalgia (I have been told that sometimes it feels like crushing chest pain). Perhaps you could speak to your doctor about this, maybe some anti inflammatory medication may be helpful. Take care x


I am also 55 and sometimes feel 155 !!!!!!! :)


Thank you 😊 that's the one I'd read about. Waiting for Monday to see GP. Have a big problem with anti inflammatorys though really badly affects my IBS.

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Hi again :)

Costochondritis can settle on its own without anti-inflammatory's.

Hopefully yours will settle down by itself.

Lu xx


Hello Hidden

Welcome to our lovely forum :)

I am sorry to hear you have just been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.

I was diagnosed with Fibro & ME in 1980 and have lived with it for 36 years.

There is a common symptom with Fibro sufferers which is called Costochondritis. It feels at though your ribs are being constricted and you can't breathe very well.

Costochondritis is basically inflammation of the chest wall.

I have had it myself several times now.

Please do remember one very important thing. Chest pain should ALWAYS be checked out. Even if everything is ok each time you should never leave it to chance.

My best advice to you would be to learn about how your Fibro affects you. I say this because we all have Fibro but we all have very different symptoms.

Some have more pain than fatigue and vice versa.

It can take a while to get the right set of meds, so try to be patient whilst you try different things.

Once again, different meds work for different people.

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Once again a warm welcome and I hope you enjoy the forum.

Wishing you a peaceful weekend

Lu x


PS I am 56 and feel about 180!!

phlebo123 and myself must have been writing at the same time!



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Hi Im 57 going on 90! I have something very similar which comes and goes. Had ecg which was clear and scan of heart also clear. I was told by 2 GPs it is muscular. It starts in my left upper back and goes right around my ribs and chest feeling like Im being squeezed. Its had me in tears and I believe mine is costochondritis. Ive found magnesium spray sometimes helps but if that doesn't I find voltarol helps a little. Hope you get some relief soon. hugs Joolz.x


Hi Hidden

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.

I am so genuinely sorry to read of how you have been suffering and struggling, and as the others have said it does sound a great deal like you have endured Costochondritis? If it does return I would talk to your doctor about Costochondritis and ascertain what they think?

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



Hi Sarze so sorry to hear that you have been getting chest pains. I get them very often and they are very frightening. I too had ecg's and everything was always normal. Its like I'm getting a heart attack also. The only thing that I canbtell you is that it is very much part of fibromyalgia. I try to take deep breaths eventho at the time its very painful until it passes. Wishing you all the best and pg it will improve

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