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Fibromyalgia Chest Pain Costochondritis

People with fibromyalgia have increased fibromyalgia chest pain which is the incidence of costochondritis. Other symptoms are shortness of breath and difficulty taking a deep breath. This is caused by the pain elicited when the rib cage expands upon inspiration.

Fibromyalgia Chest Pain

Why does fibromyalgia fatigue chest tightness? The chest tightness in fibromyalgia is caused by costochondritis which is an inflammation of the cartilage at the junction of the sternum (breastbone) in the ribs. This chest pain feels like a heart attack because of the enormous pressure felt in the chest.

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The pain of fibromyalgia chest pain or costochondritis may be reduced by NSAIDs. However, it is always prudent on the side of caution and be checked out to rule out a heart attack. Costochondritis is never fatal. You aren’t dying, you just feel as if you are.


Can fibromyalgia cause chest pain and shortness of breath? Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage connecting your ribs to your breastbone known as your sternum that can cause sharp rib pain. hence, If you don’t know why this fibromyalgia back pain is occurring, it could be frightening because costochondritis causes discomfort that can easily be mistaken for heart trouble. Here are some costochondritis symptoms that will help you know if you have it.

What does fibromyalgia chest pain feel like?

Pain tends to be specific to the areas of the chest where the ribs meet the sternum. Usually, this pain is fairly sharp but in less serious cases you might only feel an aching type of discomfort. Discomfort can occur on either side, but for reasons that remain unclear the pain often shows up on the left side of the sternum.

Fibromyalgia Chest Pain


Angina or fibromyalgia chest pain associated with a heart attack tends to be more widespread across the chest. It also feels as if it’s coming from inside your chest. Costochondritis happens on the surface. It’s more concentrated. Furthermore, costochondritis pain stays constant and consistent. Angina tends to get worse with activity. People who have some kind of upper respiratory infection can get costochondritis because they sneeze and cough a lot.

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Costochondritis Chest Pain

Once you have costochondritis, even the simple act of breathing can be painful. Costochondritis, by the way, is the most common cause of chest pain originating in the chest wall. Therefore, if you’re experiencing any kind of pain or discomfort in the upper torso, of course, it’s best to consult your doctor sooner rather than later.



Disclaimer: This article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Therefore, if you are experiencing chest pain or any other symptoms mentioned, please seek guidance from a qualified healthcare provider.

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Sharon

    Very informative.

  2. Diane Peele

    So much information. It’s very helpful.

  3. Judy Dwire

    I been having what your describing for 2 years, I would like to find an answer in how to relieve this pain.

  4. Jane

    I’ve got fibo crones disease and arthritis and I’ve been experiencing a lot of chest pain it feels like my heart is beating soo fast it scares the hell out of then I go into a panic attack I’ve tryed suicide twice I really cant handle being in pain all the time

    1. Tina L. Bittner

      I was relieved when the E.R. told me my chest pain was from the fibro, costochondritis….it’s scary every time I blow of chest pain now….what if I’m wrong this time? Will this be the last time?

  5. Amanda

    I had my first bout of costochondritis after my 2nd Pfizer vaccine I thought I was having a heart attack spent 5 hours in ER tests results negative I was sent home and told to take pain killers I’m still getting bouts of it but not as severe it scared me ?

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