Chest muscle cramps ( not cardio related)

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Chest muscle cramps ( not cardio related)

Postby Crazyfi » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:06 pm

Hi, does anyone on here suffer from chest cramps ? For years, well before FM diagnosis I feel muscles on one side of my chest cramp up and the only way to rid them is to put myself into stupid twisting positions until it releases, sometimes in the most inappropriate places and people must think I'm some weirdo... Just wondering as when trying to look it up on google I am constantly directed to " heart related stuff" which isn't what it is. Assuming it is FM related but wondered if it is common in symptoms? My doc put me on diazepam to ease muscle cramps but they tend to be random and not daily so tabs don't really do the job unless I took them daily which I don't want to.

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Re: Chest muscle cramps ( not cardio related)

Postby littleskibz1 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:27 pm

I get a very similar thing, mainly on the left side of my chest.
Originally it was thought to be badly controlled asthma so they sent me to the specialist who said that my asthma tests were fine and getting better so that wasn't it. I now assume the same, that it is fibro, as I have pressure points around my ribs as well.

It is probably caused by the external intercostal muscles being unable to contract due to spasms as I have been known to occasionally not be able to expand my ribcage to breathe properly. However, this coincides with flare ups of fibromyalgia in the winter. It can't be a coincidence, surely? (Can you tell I study biology and PE) haha

It is nice to know that I am not the only person with this symptom :-)

How do you control it? As I have not found an effective way yet.
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Re: Chest muscle cramps ( not cardio related)

Postby FluppyPuffy » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:32 pm

I've moved you into here as it is a more suitable board for what you are asking about. When it comes to something new, worsening or just giving general cause for concern, we always suggest having things checked out to be sure there isn't something else at work rather them assuming/putting everything down to FM.

Pains/cramps in and around the chest area are fairly commonplace with FM, and there is an associated condition that quite a few have been told they have that can cause similar things to what you are experiencing. This condition is Costochondritis, and is an inflammation of the cartilage in and around the sternum and ribs. This linky explains more about it http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/diseases/fac ... dritis.htm

To determine if it is this, or something else, it will involve a visit to your GP I'm afraid. The usual way of treating it is with anti~inflamms.
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Re: Chest muscle cramps ( not cardio related)

Postby Crazyfi » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:38 pm

Hi littleskibz1

Yes that does kind of make sense and good to hear it professionally " explained " Muscle wise lol. Good to have people with a little know how :-D
Well as I said my doc offers the diazepam other wise it's " shrug the shoulders" . I still have to find myself moving into these ridiculous positions, I've had to do it on a plane, in meetings to name a few... Not too surprised to see people giving me funny looks as I must look I'm doing a mime of Houdini escaping from a straight jacket lol. So this weirdo then gives them a smile as she feels increasingly ridiculous.
Even if I knew which way to bend to release the muscle it wouldn't be so bad but it always seems to differ.

I can't say I've noticed the weather affecting it in my case but I will try to monitor it

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Re: Chest muscle cramps ( not cardio related)

Postby littleskibz1 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:39 pm

Sorry, I forgot to include this, but I was originally diagnosed 5 years ago with costocondritis, but when referred to a specialist last year it was decided that it was not that and was more likely to be linked to fibro.
He has decided to take no further action in pursuing it so I am sticking to the fibro explanation unless there are any other suggestions out there.

All replies are appreciated.
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Re: Chest muscle cramps ( not cardio related)

Postby Crazyfi » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:42 pm

Ok cheers fluppypuffy. I'm still finding my feet on here :-) and thanks ever so for the link, will go look now.

Oh,yes and have had it checked out as in to confirm its not heart related, also explained dot to consultant.
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Re: Chest muscle cramps ( not cardio related)

Postby littleskibz1 » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:47 pm

Crazyfi wrote:Hi littleskibz1

Yes that does kind of make sense and good to hear it professionally " explained " Muscle wise lol. Good to have people with a little know how :-D
Well as I said my doc offers the diazepam other wise it's " shrug the shoulders" . I still have to find myself moving into these ridiculous positions, I've had to do it on a plane, in meetings to name a few... Not too surprised to see people giving me funny looks as I must look I'm doing a mime of Houdini escaping from a straight jacket lol. So this weirdo then gives them a smile as she feels increasingly ridiculous.
Even if I knew which way to bend to release the muscle it wouldn't be so bad but it always seems to differ.

I can't say I've noticed the weather affecting it in my case but I will try to monitor it

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I tend to find that although it hurts, momentary pressure on the worse affected area helps to relieve everywhere else for a short while. It may just be the psychological factor of concentrating all pain to one area but it helps me for a few minutes. Still, the best relief seems to be distraction which makes sense as a condition controlled by the brains chemical messengers.

Sorry I can't be of more help but I work on trail and error and not much seems to help.
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Re: Chest muscle cramps ( not cardio related)

Postby Crazyfi » Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:53 pm

Ok cheers for that tip.... I do feel I have to move though as in like if you get cramp in a leg to stretch it out if that makes sense.

Oh aren't most things with this frustrating condition!! :roll:

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Re: Chest muscle cramps ( not cardio related)

Postby SoulShirl » Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:10 pm

Something I suffer from too. I had been having left arm heaviness, which the doctor put down to stress and was worrying when the chest pains started. After chest x-rays and ecg's and a referral to cardiology it was a relief to be told that my chest pains were muscular and due to the fibro and not the heart.
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Re: Chest muscle cramps ( not cardio related)

Postby Crazyfi » Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:31 pm

Hi soul girl , I was sent for the same with the same outcome hence my curiosity as to whether it may be FM related, I wasn't too worried myself as I get it just on the right side too but still nice to be sure. :-D
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Re: Chest muscle cramps ( not cardio related)

Postby chuckles166 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:11 pm

Hi CF the chest pains were one of my early symptoms so my gp referred me to a cardiologist (jan '11)and i had a scan done and the results were normal. Fortunately i dont get it too often but i just tend to move around to try to relieve it not as much as houdini though lol.

If you find something that helps let me know

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Re: Chest muscle cramps ( not cardio related)

Postby Crazyfi » Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:52 pm

Will do chuckles. I'm afraid mine is " Houdini like" as if I don't the cramp feeling increases I just look so ridiculous. But hey ho that's FM for us it doesn't have much sensitivity for dignity :roll: - I see you've just joined too have you recently been diagnosed as well ?

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Re: Chest muscle cramps ( not cardio related)

Postby chuckles166 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:44 pm

Hi Fi

I was 'diagnosed' by a neuro rather than a rheumy in dec last year, he recognised it by going through my past medical history as i supected ms but they are so similar only that fibro is rheumatoligical and ms is more neurological. Good luck with your houdini bit im sure people who know you understand and as for the rest sod 'em lol.

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