The Connection Between Costochondritis and Fibromyalgia


In this video from invisible i, Katy talks about some of the symptoms and other conditions commonly associated with fibromyalgia.

Our resident columnist, Robin Dix, writes about conditions fibromyalgia patients often suffer from. 

Fibromyalgia is known as a chronic pain condition but there are many other symptoms caused by the disease which are not related to muscle pain. In this film, Katy concentrates on a condition called “costochondritis.” She explains that costochondritis causes chest pain and breathlessness and is an inflammation of the ribcage. Sometimes patients can also experience pain in their backs and abdomens.

Katy says that she has been suffering from costochondritis for about eight years, long before she was actually diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

One fibromyalgia patient shares how the condition disrupts her daily routine

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  1. Denise Bault says:

    Just a thought…for those of us who would rather read than watch a video, perhaps there could be a transcription along with the link to the video? I’m a speed reader and read so much faster than people speak. (Actually, most people do.) Would be helpful to those of us who don’t want to watch another video on the computer. Thanks!

    • Tim Bossie says:

      Hi Denise… this is something that we are thinking about. The problem is that we do not produce these videos ourselves.

      • Denise Bault says:

        Perhaps you could have someone transcribe them? It would be useful to a lot of us. If it’s a video, I just skip it.

  2. Dianne says:

    I had my first case of this at age 33 (I am now 66) and I felt like I was having a heart attack. The way it was explained to me was that it is inflammation of where the rib meets the sternum. I get flareups of pain here when I have had a bad cough or a stomach virus that involves vomiting. My doctor gave me something, an anti inflamatory, that bought on symptoms almost as bad as the condition. It can be quite painful, but I usually just ride it out.

    • Rooster says:

      Costochondritis is usually an easy fix with a chiropractor who understands this “condition”. We have done this work for many years…

  3. Debjani Chakrabarti ( Dj ) says:

    Hi Katy, I have been dealing with FM for nearly 12 years now. I didn’t think that the chest pains you talked about here were connected. Now I know,am not the only one who experiences these shooting pains, cramps..mostly in the chest, breathlessness, palpitations. I was attributing it to wine; its worse on a night if I’ve had a glass or two and have now stopped drinking wine completely… its reduced…maybe was a trigger… Thanks for sharing with us…gives us some relief we are not alone. Wishig you well.

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