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.

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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.

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  1. Pamula Furness says:

    I first experience Costochondritis when I was 18, (40 years ago), after I had pushed my boyfriend’s tipper lorry UPHILL by myself, after he blacked my eye for me because it would not start and he wanted to get to a dog show, (it was also my birthday). I suspect I have lived with un-diagnosed Fibro for many many years, even from childhood, as I could never keep up with other kids, (physically, they had more energy than I ever did).

  2. viviane says:

    Oh I know the pain and it scared me many times, I went 4 years ago to the hospital, saw 2 cardiologist who told me…nothing wrong with your heart….well, I am going again to see a cardiologist next week, it is so painful and seems to be my heart, probably not, but I will go once again to see the specialist…..

  3. viviane says:

    I forgot to thank you for making me feel better, I now know what my HEART problem is….costochondritis,,,,thank you, I did not know that before, and was and still am always so worried when I have this severe chest pain, neck pain, back pain, but especially the chest pain so severe and sharp…thank you so much, now I don,t have to rush to the cardiologist every time I experience that chest pain…..

  4. Sherri says:

    I feel like I am wearing a concrete corset! It’s hard to take a deep breath and I have had the pain in the middle of the chest that does make you think that it’s a heart attack. Was just told to take over the counter NSAID ( which also has side effects ). The rheumatologist is the one who told me what it was – I had thought it was some type of arthritis.

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