BY JULIA NELSON ·
Today, tens of millions of people around the world suffer from fibromyalgia. Many of these people develop fibromyalgia in the middle of their lives, but many others develop it in adolescence or in early adulthood. The majority of people who suffer from fibromyalgia are women.
Anyone with fibromyalgia knows the different types of symptoms and the pain associated with them. They also know that much of the pain associated with fibromyalgia occurs in the chest.
There are several pressure points throughout the body, eighteen to be precise. When pressure is applied to these points (after all, they are called pressure points), this causes immense pain in this area.
Typically, if a person experiences pain as they pass through their body from eleven of these eighteen pressure points, their doctor can diagnose fibromyalgia (although doctors also discuss other aspects of the symptoms to make the final diagnosis).
Two of these pressure points are located in the chest. This is why chest pain and fibromyalgia are linked. Most chest pain in people with fibromyalgia occurs around the bones of the breast and rib cage. Costochondritis is associated with this type of pain and is widely associated with fibromyalgia.
Many people with fibromyalgia also have costochondritis, but what they do not know is that fibromyalgia and costochondritis require separate treatment. In addition, some of the causes of pain in costochondritis may or may not be the same source of pain behind fibromyalgia.
If fibromyalgia is not treated, unfortunately it will only get worse. But it is also very important that you also treat your costochondritis.
Is costochondritis a chest pain?
No, it certainly is not. Many people with costochondritis really think that the pain occurs due to heart problems. For some people, the pain associated with costochondritis is so severe that they think they may be suffering from a heart attack. However, you should never assume that your chest pain is a costochondritis, but regardless of the type or level of pain you feel in your chest, you still want to be checked to begin the treatment process.
What is costochondritis?
Costochondritis is defined as inflammation that builds up in the cartilage of the ribs and the bones of the breast. Some people with costochondritis experience the same level of pain as a heart attack, while others experience no more pain than a simple discomfort.
What are the causes of costochondritis?
As for fibromyalgia, the real causes of costochondritis are not yet known. Hopefully with the new studies and technological advances in science and medicine, we can find the answer quite quickly. At the moment, doctors and health professionals believe that costochondritis may be due to chest trauma or a viral infection, especially in the respiratory area.
Another theory is that fibromyalgia can cause costochondritis. In fact, patients with fibromyalgia and costochondritis experience much more chest pain than people with costochondritis. But again, there is a minority of people who have costochondritis but who also do not have fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is probably not the root cause.
What is the relationship between fibromyalgia and costochondritis?
We still do not have official figures, but doctors and health professionals seem to agree that more than three out of every five patients with fibromyalgia also have costochondritis or symptoms very similar to the symptoms of costochondritis. At the same time, fibromyalgia does not cause inflammation, which is costochondritis.
However, pressure points of fibromyalgia and inflammation may play a related role, which may also explain why patients with costochondritis fibromyalgia also have greater chest pain than those who do not. Another interesting relationship between fibromyalgia and costochondritis is that costochondritis can be cured in a few days.
If you have the symptoms of costochondritis but do not heal for at least one or two weeks, you may have fibromyalgia. This brings us to the next question: What are some of the most common symptoms of costochondritis?
Common symptoms of costochondritis
The most common symptom of costochondritis is a sensation of pain in the chest wall and / or the thorax. This pain will be much worse as it moves, the inflammation of the cartilage only gets worse. Other common symptoms include pain in the nerves of the chest and swelling of the painful areas.
How can costochondritis be officially diagnosed?
Costochondritis is usually diagnosed officially when pressure is placed on the painful areas of the ribs and sinuses, and if the pain gets much worse, costochondritis is probably the cause. Doctors and health professionals also have a variety of other tests to perform because heart or cardiac problems can also explain the pain.
Is the treatment of costochondritis and fibromyalgia the same?
The treatment of costochondritis is largely the same treatment as other forms of inflammation, but the way to treat inflammation is very different from the treatment of fibromyalgia. Treating inflammation means applying ice to the painful area and taking approved medications to treat the problem.
Fibromyalgia requires different types of analgesics and several other treatments. Patients diagnosed with costochondritis and fibromyalgia should use both treatments at the same time.
Certainly, it is very painful to live with both types of pain, and your life can be very affected by having only one of these conditions, not to mention both. But the good news for you is that costochondritis is much easier to treat and manage than fibromyalgia.