I have noticed that the cold weather does make symptoms more intense. Since I have only been DX a few months, I think I have yet to see all that the cold weather has to offer. The chest pain that I have had has pretty much been constant since the beginning of September. While the temperature here has dipped down a bit, it has mostly stayed pretty mild... mid to high 60's. At times, the chest pain is so severe, I just lay in bed trying to find a somewhat comfortable position and cry. Ibuprofen seems to help ease it up a bit, but it NEVER goes away. Being warm does help, but I get hot so easy and then I'm grumpy and throwing the blankets off...
I have noticed a definite correlation between cold weather and my costo pain. I live in Chicago and we get bitter cold and I've noticed when the temperatures drop below 35 degrees F I start feeling discomfort.
I suffered my first painful and prolonged Costo attack in December of 2007. The condition became chronic and unbearable. After ruling out a heart problem, my doctor diagnosed me with Costochondritis. I put cold on it and it made it worse. I was in agony. I switched to moist heat and that helps quite a bit. Anti-inflammatory medicine was of limited help and was causing stomach problems. My doctor recommended acupuncture. I went in for a combo of acupuncture and cold laser therapy and it provided relief within a couple days. I had to have about 6 weekly treatments lasting through the end of January 2008.
Well, at the end of November 2008 I start getting a familiar feeling again. This time I started acupuncture and laser therapy early before the pain became too debilitating. I went in for thre treatments and noticed an improvement. If I felt a little bit of discomfort, I applied moist heat (cloth filled with beads that one can microwave). Today we have temps in the low teens with wind chills below zero. My Costo in at about a pan level of 9 (10 being the worst). I may have to go back in for acupuncture/laser therapy.
I planned on going to the gym today to lift weights but do not dare with this condition. Deep breaths are difficult today.
All this makes me wonder the following: Do I really have arthritis?
I get the pain in my chest too and I have been sent for the echo cardio stress test thing a ma bob twice and both times everything was normal... i was worried about it though because both sets of my grandparents have had heart attacks so I too am paranoid about heart problems even though I am still rather young. At times the pain will be so bad that I just end up stopping in my tracks and feel as if I can't breathe... I keep getting told it is anxiety or allergies but I didn't really feel anxious and I get the pain all the time it doesn't really matter the season. Like right now it actually hurts a little not the stop in my tracks but enough to be uncomfortable. I am finding that now that I have the diagnosis of fibromyalgia I actually am getting answers for all the "strange" medical problems that i have encountered. Now I am wondering if my trip to ER in ambulance not knowing what happened and then not being able to talk when I figured out what happened or even the craziness with tylenol and benadryl actually is the fibromyalgia. I have tylenol and benadryl on my allergy list because with tylenol I kept getting sick to my stomach every time I tried to eat something and benadryl well i ended up in emergency with almost siezure like episode. I just felt like I had to keep moving because if I stopped moving it hurt really bad as long as I was moving I was okay but my body was getting sore from moving. Hope that makes sense... anyone experience anything similar....
I also seen on the list of symptoms about sensitivity to noise. My ears are so so sensitive to sounds. the florescent bulbs they buzz it used to drive me crazy in school when i was younger and no on else seemed to notice. at work we have alarms for everything that go off and I can hear the dumb things on the other side of the building and have to go hunting for it because it drives me nuts other people will say i didn't hear it going off.. I always look at them like they are stupid i just never got it but is the sensitivity the fibromyalgia or do I just have super hearing