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Chest pain and breathing problems can anyone help?

Postby tiny clanger » Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:22 pm

Hi I am hoping someone might be able to help me. I was diagnosed with fibro a year ago, but in between times have also been told I have type 1 diabetes.....life just keeps getting better! Anyway I have been waking up for months with a real heavy feeling in my chest, like an elephant has been sleeping on me. Its got better as the day goes on. Then I got a cold 6 weeks ago. The cold has gone but I have a feeling of fullness in my sternum, and my right lung aches when I breathe. I have been having real problems with shortness of breath and just feeling like my chest muscles are struggling to work. Have had loads of tests and been in hospital. Docs cant find anythig wrong so have suggested I see a psychiatrist!!! Real helpful of them! Anyway what I am struggling to say is does anyone else ever have these symptoms as I am just not convinced this is fibro and nobody in the medical profession seems to be taking me seriously. Plesae can anyone help?
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Postby LinzWorld » Thu Jan 29, 2009 4:48 pm

Have you had a physical exam with a good physio and been checked out for myofascial trigger points?
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Postby derekh » Thu Jan 29, 2009 6:08 pm

hello tiny clanger
ive had fibro for 40 years and only 6 years ago been diagnosed i also get chest pains and lately shortness of breath and when i get up in the night and go back to bed i find it hard to breathe when i lie down i also have a heavy feeling in my chest and my ribs also are painful i have been to my doctors on countless times about this and last year i went to a&e 4 times and had heart scans but they could find nothing i was told its muscular skeletal but it is very frightening also been told its anxiety but i now know its the dreaded fibro ,my father also had it he also complained of constant chest pain etc.hope this helps
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Postby cat123 » Thu Jan 29, 2009 7:02 pm

hi clanger ,just remember ,if theres a muscle there,it may hurt!!!That goes for any muscle in your body.In the past ive been on heart moniters,they found nothing wrong other than pulled chest muscles.Its amazing how many places the fibro can creep into.try not to worry.take care .........cat
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Postby princess » Thu Jan 29, 2009 7:47 pm

I hate to say this but Nerves can give you pain in the chest, right in the middle of your boobs so to speak. Acutally its the muscle that is contracting but it seems like you cant breathe.
Why dont you try to lie on your right side, so your heart it higher and take deep breathes through your mouth.
See if that helps.
Nerves we all have nerves, why not with this illness its so peculiar.
Anyway if you are not happy and if you are scared then please do go back to your GP.
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Chest pain and breathing problems can anyone help?

Postby coophouse » Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:12 pm

Hi new here, Diagnoised FM in 96, I have very similar problems starting in Sept, was really breathless etc. Had lung and heart scan results were normal, they say that I have Hyperventilation syndrome, I have been seeing a physio who specialises in this for retraining of breathing. She gave me this website, ( better than any doctors have, they just dismissed it saying Stress) it explains a lot and has good links. A lot of the symptons are very much like FM.
http://www.physiohypervent.org/hyperventilation
worth a look, hope this helps :)
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Postby Fog woman » Thu Jan 29, 2009 11:19 pm

I've had lots of problems with breathing & sharp pains in my chest & it can be very scary.

In my early days of fibro I had a couple of panic attacks due to upset & also doing to much, I couldn't get a breath & had to try & keep calm till my breathing regulated itself.

Since I've been on amitriptyline it has helped with panic attacks, but if I do too much or climb stairs that is enough for my breathing to go.

Maybe your GP might be able to help in some way.
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Postby MISS BUNNYPENNY » Sat Jan 31, 2009 12:09 pm

I also have bouts of chest pain but I put it down to fibro attack but all chest pain must be taken seriously so they say so if you feel you need to be checked out its your right. a parimedic can do that for you saves going into hospital if they dectected nothing and reasure you my aunt has done it on a few occassions as the chest pain causes her to hyperventate
[she does have a heart defect though]
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Postby tiny clanger » Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:33 pm

Thanks to everyone for all their advice, it does really help and makes me feel like I am not going mad and this is more than likely the dreaded fibro. I just hope that I am having a bad time that will get better soon. I have never experienced anything quite like this feeling, it really does feel like I am walking round with an elephant strapped to my chest! Anyway have had two lots of acupuncture over the last 10 days and it does seem to be doing something. Started a tri-cyclic about 12 days ago and I think this is also helping, its stopping me panicking so much about being short of breath. Fingers crossed that this is a blip and I will be less sore and have more breath soon.... thanks again for all the support, hope all is ok with everyone who took the time to respond
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Postby *Lisa* » Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:06 pm

I suffer terrible chest tightness....

I have been diagnosed with Costochondritis which is an FM related condition (very commen in FM sufferes)

I have difficaulty breathing out,it feels like i cannot expand as the diaphram is stiff.

Its very uncomfortable as it tighteness the stomach as well.

Now what i do is i have regular physiotherepy, she stretches the rib muscles and releases the tension around the diaphram...plus my neck/back muscles as they are being pulled by it all.

I have an inhalor to help expand the lungs, iburofen as costo is inflammation of the rib cartilige.

Freeze gel helps

I have a drug called spasamol which also helps the breathing

Breathing exercises and apparently glucosamine&chondritine help

Stress agrivates symtoms
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Postby Min » Sat Feb 07, 2009 4:55 pm

I had this problem for years until I was diagnosed privately by live blood microscopsy last year as having Lyme disease and co-infections, one of these being cryptostrongylus pulmoni (microscopic lung worms):

http://www.anapsid.org/cnd/diffdx/klapow.html


these have now been treated by Ivermectin & have gone, along with the breathlessness although the Lyme & miccrococci persist.

The NHS pretends that chronic Lyme & it's co-infections don't exist & I cannot obtain NHS treatment for them. I believe that at least 30% of us here have Lyme as a cause of our symptoms, & the rest of us have ongoing viruses such as HHV-6. No-one in the NHS is doing the right tests.
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Postby MISS BUNNYPENNY » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:27 am

My oxygen levels keep dropping like the temperture outside
norman is between about 97% to 100% depending if you smoke a little lower. Mine dropped to 86% for a short while -only went to bathroom and back. :shock:
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Postby princess P » Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:18 pm

Ithink this has somthing to do with the phlural muscles on the inside of your chest between your lungs andthe ribs. I somtimes get centrel belt pain, kinnda right in the middle of my sternum.
Hi any one I have a preliminary diagnosis of chronic widespread pain syndrome, whatever that is but g.p. is convinced its F.M. Sending out good vibes to all . x
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Postby LinzWorld » Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:32 am

Acupuncture can sometimes help trigger points, as can stretches. A lot of other things - costo, infections, trauma, etc can also activate trigger points.
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Postby yonark » Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:59 pm

hi i have just been told i have fibro, but i have also had bad chest pain a few times it feels like a cramping pain in your chest and you can't breath, and then for a few days later you feel very tender,when i went to the doctors, and after the usual heart tests they said i was the muscles and tissue round my ribs that was in pain.
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