Random New Pains: Costochondritis 

The issue with fibromyalgia is everything you feel you are getting it under control you have a flare up or the dreaded new symptom 😫😲

Then you are there wondering is this still FMS? Should I call my doctor? As I mentioned before I have a 3 day rule. I monitor the symptom and see how it progresses.  If it does not improve within 3 days I make an appointment or if it is severe I go to urgent care.

About 3 years ago I started getting a sharp pain in my ribs.  So painful I couldn’t breathe.  I had experienced chest pain in the past but this was different. After 3 days of the pain coming and going without improvement I finally went to urgent care.  It turns out that I had costochondritis. Which did turn up on Dr. Google 😉

According to the Mayo Clinic,
Costochondritis (kos-toe-kon-DRY-tis) is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum). Pain caused by costochondritis might mimic that of a heart attack or other heart conditions.

Costochondritis is sometimes known as chest wall pain, costosternal syndrome or costosternal chondrodynia. Sometimes, swelling accompanies the pain (Tietze syndrome).

Muscle relaxers were the treatment. I followed up with my rheumatologist.  Good news was that the diagnosis lead me to a muscle relaxer that actually works for me without causing extreme tiredness the next morning.

Oddly enough I had a colleague who had experienced costochondritis as well.  Our bodies find such interesting ways to get inflamed.  I still get a flare up every now and then but as with #fmlife you just get on with it.

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