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   Posted 11/30/2008 11:03 PM (GMT -6)   
When you have fibromyalgia, how do you know when the chest pain is related to that........and when it's a heart issue?  I know the standard signs for heart attacks in women, but I'm worried about not knowing the difference between the two.  I've been sent to the hospital by my doctor because "he" thought I was having a heart attack...but it wasn't.  I'm just wondering how I'm ever going to know when it's a serious issue and I need to get to the hospital...and when it's not.  Any help would be appreciated.

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   Posted 12/1/2008 1:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi too. lol I'm in Washington state, the west side. Nice to have you join our Fibro Family!

As far as heart pain, fibro pain isn't normally like what heart attack pain would feel like...BUT, do not ignore chest pain tho. Is there a reason you are concerned about having a heart attack? Have you had a work-up by a cardiologist? That would be my suggestion. Then you will know if your heart is doing well or not. You can also ask him this question.

IMHO, fibro pain isn't the crushing pain of a "typical" heat attack. Ours is more deep, constant, intense aching. Some is more stabbing but I would think you'd know the difference. Having said that...often woman's symptoms of a heart attack is in the middle of the back. In fact that's what happened to my mother at age 83. I'm not a doctor so this is just my opinion here.

Always remember...when in doubt call 911. Do NOT be embarassed nor hesitate if you even thing you are having heart issues. They do not get angry if it's a false alarm. In fact they're happy it's not....been there, done that. They'd rather check out your symptoms than have you not call when you needed it. (This is not accounting for goofballs who call repeatedly and use the paramedics as their doctors.)

Anyway, hope some of this chatter has helped you some,
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   Posted 12/1/2008 2:49 AM (GMT -6)   
When I first began having real issues with my health that were unexplained and mis-understood by docs, one of the worst was what I called a "flippy" chest. It felt to me as an irregular heart beat- as if there were three beats instead of two. It made me feel as if my lungs had emptied of air in an instant and left me hunched over, trying to breathe, only being able to exhale while trying to keep my knees from buckling under me. It was finally decided that it was a diaphragm spasm. I have since learned, of course, that muscles jump regularly in my case, muscles all over my body, in places I didn't know had muscles :) But at first, we were concerned about cardiac issues and other things such as extreme heartburn and gerd didn't help much. I agree with Chutz, talk with your doc about cardiac issues and read about FM and other similar health problems to familiarize yourself with what your body may be telling you. Let us know how you are doing!

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   Posted 12/1/2008 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info and advice.  I wish I'd come to one of the forums a long time ago, reading what the rest of you are going through and have gone through is kind of reassuring.  At last, people who "understand" what it's like to live with this.  It's sometimes hard to know when the issue might something else other than would be easier if it was always the same, but it's not.  I guess it was just a rough day yesterday, not knowing what to do about the pain and feeling so lousy........another wasted Sunday. Anyway....thanks again for the input, I think I will ask my doctor about workup on my heart as there is hereditary heart desease in my family.  Then at least I can stop worrying, and I won't have to worry about hiding the pain from my son.  He just freaks about it all.  I think I'm going to let him read some of this too, it might help him understand.  Thanks again, and have a great day. 

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   Posted 12/1/2008 1:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi westcoastgirl and welcome. I think this is a concern with many of us as we get older. I did have an EKG and stress test done when we were doing testing for fibro. Most of my pain is in my upper body and even pain from left shoulder can cause pain in the chest. I think I will probably have my heart checked out more often than I would if I didn't have fibro and pain. I hope I would know the difference in the pain.
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