Costochondritis, the cause of chest pain in patients with fibromyalgia

A large percentage of people with fibromyalgia   experience symptoms such as chest and chest pain due to costochondritis, which is the inflammation of the cartilage that joins the ribs to the sternum and which can often be mistaken for heart problems.

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Pain usually presents with these symptoms:

  1. Burning in the ribs.
  2. It is felt on the left side of the chest.
  3. Occurs on the left side of the sternum
  4. Is sharp, stab or gives a feeling of pressure
  5. Affects more than one rib
  6. It gets worse when you breathe deeply or when you cough
  7. It can come and go and is easy to control with good breathing control.
  8. Sharp, burning discomfort in the upper chest.
  9. Very similar to that of a heart attack.
  10. Irregular heart rate.

In the case of any chest pain, the most advisable is to seek help from a specialist, since, as it can be a costochondritis, it can also be due to a heart problem.

Although it is a disease classified as benign, it is highly painful and is a major cause of chest pain. For patients with fibromyalgia, costochondritis can become a chronic problem and difficult to overcome.


If the symptoms are not so severe, you can avoid activities that put pressure on the affected area, massage the neck and shoulders to reduce tension in the muscles, avoid stress and take a relaxing bath at night before going to the gym. the bed

When detecting costochondritis, you can treat it with ice or medication, but always follow your doctor’s recommendations, as the application of cold and heat and some treatments carried out without supervision can alter fibromyalgia.

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