I'm so sorry your pain is bad enough to send you to the ER! But first things first! You have joined a wonderful Fibro Family and one thing we never do is apologize for being down, angry, venting, whining or just complaining. It's why we are here for each other. So no need for "SORRY"...OK? We're just glad you found us.
Many people with Fibro also have Costochondritis...or Costo as many refer to it. It is inflammation in the ligaments that hold the ribs to the breast bone (sternum). I'm very fortunate that I don't have it...I have plenty of other "issues" ...seems we all have more than our share. For those who aren't familiar with Costo's association with fibro, here's a short excerpt from the Mayo Clinic...
"Chronic costochondritis is a common symptom of fibromyalgia, a rheumatic syndrome characterized by wide spread muscle pain. Sixty to Seventy percent of all fibromyalgia patients experience costochondritis at some point during their lives. Patients with fibromyalgia may have bouts of costochondritis lasting indefinitely throughout their lives. Chest pain can vary from a dull gnawing sensation affecting most of the rib cage to sharp pains near the upper sternum often on the left side. Ribs will usually feel sore to the touch. It is believed that repetitive activities including sitting at a desk or computer can exacerbate the condition."
Is your fibro going to get worse? Well, if we all believe the literature out there, and good sources too, we would believe not. But experience among those with fibro tells a different story. Most every person on the forum who has commented on this topic says their fibro has definitely gotten worse over time. Many have said they are frightened what life will be like in 5,10 or more years. Some have commented about what life would be like when they are 40!! or even 50 or more!! Well, I'm in the "or more" category and I am living a good life with fibro. Yes, life is different and I personally take medications to help with my pain, but I'm sure not going to let it stop me from living a full life and enjoying every moment of it!!
There may be a reason for concern about fibro getting worse but it certainly won't do us any good to worry. And those of us who are hopeful that better treatment will come are optimistic that one day a cure may be found. It would even be nice to know why this happens.
Others will be along soon to welcome you and show you around. In the mean time try to read our Fibro 101 at the top of the page. There are wonderful links that will lead you to tips, helpful information and sources for more fibro help. Sherrine, one of our moderators, assembled this for us and it's awesome!
On a lighter note, we have what we call our Koffee Klatch every day. You might have seen the titles of the posts. It's a small time each day when we chat about anything BUT the 'P' word (pain) ssshhh...lol We are the same people inside as we've always been, except now we have a battle to fight along our way. We still need to laugh, love our families, go camping, stroll a sunny beach or attend a concert or whatever passions you have. We often have to do things a bit differently or delay some things but we WILL have good lives and the people here are proof of that.
So, take my hand <extending hand> and let's head down this road together. We will enjoy the trip and have fun along the way.
Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.
Richard L. Evans
(\o/)Co-Moderator Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Forums