What is Costochondritis ? What is Link Between Fibromyalgia and Costochondritis

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Today, tens of millions of people across the globe suffer from fibromyalgia.  Many of these people develop fibromyalgia in the middle of their lives, but many more develop it as a teenager or as a young adult.  Most of the people who do suffer from fibromyalgia are women.

Anyone who suffers from fibromyalgia knows of the various different types of symptoms and pain there are associated with it.  They also know what a large part of the pain associated with fibromyalgia occurs in the chest.

There are various pressure points throughout the body, eighteen to be specific.  When pressure is applied to these points (after all, they are called pressure points) it causes immense pain in that area.

Typically, if a person feels pain that shoots through their body from eleven of these eighteen pressure points, they can be diagnosed with fibromyalgia by their doctor (although doctors will also look at various other aspects of the symptoms to make the final diagnosis).

Two of these pressure points are located on the chest area. This is why chest pain and fibromyalgia are related.  Most of the pain in the chest in people with fibromyalgia occurs around the breast bones and the ribcage.  Having this type of pain is called costochondritis, and it is widely associated with fibromyalgia.

Many people who have fibromyalgia also have costochondritis, but what they don’t know is that fibromyalgia and costochondritis require separate treatment.  In addition, some of the reasons behind the pain in costochondritis may or may not be the same source of the pain behind fibromyalgia.

If fibromyalgia goes untreated, it is only bound to get worse, unfortunately.  But it’s also very important that you treat your costochondritis as well.

Is All Chest Pain Costochondritis?

No, it is definitely not. Many people who have costochondritis actually think that the pain is occurring because of cardiac issues.  For some people, the pain from costochondritis is so intense that they think they may be suffering from a heart attack.  However, you should still never assume that any chest pain you have is costochondritis, but regardless of what type or level of pain you are feeling in your chest, you will still want to get it checked out to begin the treatment process.

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