Can it be fibromyalgia/costcochondritis?

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   Posted 5/20/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I have constant head pressure and chest tightness 24/7/365 atleast for the last 15 years.
I went to Cardiologist, and Gastroenterologist but they were clueless. They conducted tests like 24 hr Holter Monitor test, Upper Endoscopy, Gastric Motility Disorder test, and Abdominal Ultrasound but all the tests were normal. I also used medication for stress/anxiety but it didn't give any relief. 
Eating/drinking and exercise worsen the symptoms.
Does anybody experience head pressure and chest tightness together all the time?
Can this be fibromyalgia?
Please help.
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   Posted 5/20/2009 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I had once been diagnosed with Costochondritis. I went to my family doctor because I was having trouble breathing and walking. My doctor said I more than likely picked something up heavy (such as a back pack or a purse) and caused inflammation of cartiliage connecting to the sternum. When I described the pain to my mom she thought it was indegestion, however, I'm not sure if this is related to fibromyalgia. (I'm leaning more to the no side) Good luck though! (:

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   Posted 5/21/2009 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Fibro and Costochondritis are linked. It's just damaged muscle around the heart, not the heart itself. My doc said it was common and in fact could be caused by coughing a lot. The emergency room doc gave me a super duper ephedrine pill which did almost kill me. Cleared up the congestion though.

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   Posted 5/21/2009 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Pelonis, and welcome!  I'm so glad you have found us and joined it.
I have costochondritis and quite a few with fibromyalgia have it.  It affects the muscles in the chest wall and rib cage and can travel around to the back.  When it is bothering me I find it quite painful to breathe and I also find myself taking tiny short breaths.  But then I will take really deep breaths to expand my lungs and that stretches those muscles.  It hurts but you will feel better after doing that.  I also know it's costo because if I press on the sternum it is quite tender.  My doctor has me take ibuprofen with food for this and that does help me.
Be sure to check out the Fibro101 thread...the second thread on the forum.  There are links to good information about fibromyalgia and you can learn a lot there.
Meanwhile, read back posts and ask questions.  We are here to help you.  I'm so glad you are here and I hope to hear more from  you soon!
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   Posted 5/23/2009 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
Thank you very much for your support and suggestions.
I went to see neurologist last Monday and he said that my symptoms could be happening because of decreased blood flow to my brain. He asked me to try klonopin .5 mg each night. I have tried it for 5 days and the good news is that my symptoms are almost disappearing. Of course it is still need to be investigated the cause of decreased blood flow to the brain but for time being I have so much relief. I am able to eat normally. I am free from chest tightness and head pressure.  Hope this may help anyone out there suffering with the same problem.
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