Costochondritis in Fibromyalgia


People with fibromyalgia are also susceptible to having pain in the chest, a condition known as Costochondritis. The chest pain can range from mild annoyance to excruciating pain described as being similar to a heart attack.

What is Costochondritis?

Costochondritis is basically an inflammation of the cartilage that links your ribs to the breast bone, also known as the costochondral junctions. Depending on the intensity of the inflammation, you can experience mild to extreme level of pain in the chest. The pain is often referred as burning or stabbing. It can be quite serious and is a concerning issue.

What causes costochondritis?

The exact cause(s) of costochondritis is not known however, the three most common reasons that lead to costochondritis are:

  • Viral infections related to upper respiratory

  • Chest trauma especially from car accidents

  • Frequent trauma conditions


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