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Why Chest Pains?

Jul 26, 2015 2:06 PM

I'm trying to understand why chest pains are associated with autoimmune diseases. I have undifferentiated connective tissue disease and fibromyalgia. Fibro flare today all the "spots" are on fire and super sensitive to touch. But my chest pains just seem so odd. They've done all kinda of tests and my heart is fine, so why the pains? Scientifically; what is happening? I understand infalmmation but why else.

Jul 26, 2015 3:14 PM

Mdmmp, I honestly can't answer that. I mean, pain to do with the inter connective tissues between the ribs can be nightmarish but pain in the lungs is completely different. Can I ask a few things? I'm sure your physicians have done all this but.....
Do you cough daily? Do you need to clear your throat a lot? Do you feel the need to pat your chest/back?

Jul 26, 2015 4:08 PM

The pain is mostly in the middle of my chest like where my sternum is. I do cough some and have noticed havig to clear my throat of what seems like mucus when I eat recently aka last few months or so. When I first got diagnosed I was coughing all the time, couldn't breath, couldn't stand up because my chest pains were so bad, but with meds I am functional again.

Jul 26, 2015 4:19 PM

Okay. Well don't know if you've come across it but I suffer from a lung condition called Bronchiectasis. To put it as simply as possible, the small branches in your lungs can enlarge, which allows build up. This in turn can lead to regular chest infections, pain, constant clearing (feels like!) and coughing. I have suffered for years but it wasn't until last November that they decided to investigate.
I'm now on Carbocisteine to help loosen up this crap and lessen my chances of infection. It does make a difference. But this evening my chest feels like it's been stepped on, by a heavy person wearing stilettos. Hurts in my back and front which usually means there's infection setting in. *sigh* Just hoping the new surgery are smart enough to believe me. Last time someone didn't I was in hospital within 48 hours (would have been 24 but I'm a stubborn ***).
Might be worth keeping a note of how much you do cough, clear your throat and bring up phlegm.
What do you take for it?

Jul 26, 2015 4:22 PM

I'm tapering from prednisone currently since my new med has kicked in, Hydroxychloroquine and some others but this is mainly for this. Pain meds too

Jul 26, 2015 4:29 PM

It's the ligaments and tendons holding the bones in place thst become inflamed. Kind of like when your Achilles tendon is injured.

Jul 26, 2015 4:32 PM

So even if my inflammatory values in blood tests are normal now...? That's what I don't get. I mean the blood is isually taken when I feel ok so maybe I have moments in between?

Jul 26, 2015 4:39 PM

It's possible, I never have normal blood tests for inflammation. The thing about fibro is the pain is not "normal" with a cause an effect. They always thought my hubby was having heart problems. One e.m.t. who came to the house explained said it's not heart related if pressing on your chest causes the pain to get worse that's muscle snd tendon which needs anti-inflammatory meds. My hubby takes soma for his costocondritis.

Jul 26, 2015 4:40 PM

My diagnoses have been made in the last yr. 9 months ago for fibro and 5 months ago for tissue... Just trying to understand

Jul 26, 2015 6:07 PM

Have you had enough water? I know this likely sounds ridiculous, but I remember getting really awful chest pain. I'd had at last 3 gallons of water, but all I hard was "You are dehydrated" but when they did blood tests I technically have enough water.

Jul 26, 2015 8:24 PM

Just a thought. I don't know if this is the case in your situation. But in the case of what i have read about autoimmune diseases. They are basically your body going haywire against itself, attacking you on the inside. So if your autoimmune disease is not under control than you can have this problem. Chest pains are just a symptom. Something must be inflamed somewhere that really doesn't normally have to be a normal problem for you but your body could be thinking it is a problem and is causing that part of your body to become inflamed to fix itself. Like giving that part of itsef a small fever. I am not saying that I am right. I am just giving you a theory that you may or may not have thought about. Whatever the case, the most important thing is that you get better. I hope that you get the help you need. I hope that it is not anything serious because I am sometimes neurotic and I worry about things I don't need to. So I have learned a lot of things so that I don't have to worry as much. Have a good evening. Best wishes.

Jul 27, 2015 2:01 AM

Some medications cause chest pain or make it worse. After multiple trips to the ED with severe chest pain and difficulty breathing my doc finally realised that the Savella I was taking has chest pain as a side effect. I'm much better now that I'm off that medication.

Jul 27, 2015 6:05 AM

So glad you are feeling better and Thanks! We have looked into the meds I was on before the diagnoses. The chest pains are a huge part of what got me to the rheumatologist. We rules this out but thankfully we dig I to it pretty far! I love my dr!

Jul 27, 2015 11:15 PM

It's good you have a doctor you like. I like my neurologist and osteopath but not happy with primary doc.

Jul 28, 2015 12:33 PM

DogMasksMyPain, you may be dealing with a condition called Costochondritis. I was just diagnosed a few months back after having over a year of chest pains and weir symptoms. They did cardiac workups on me and my heart is fine. Turns out that the connective tissue that attaches to the sternum and the same connective tissue that is between your ribs becomes inflamed. It is causing irritation to the nerves in your diaphragm which are the same nerves effected when your heart is in distress. I would check it out before you get to nervous. Especially since your workups have shown that your heart is fine. Also just in case, have a breathing test done. I don't know where you live hit with the humidity being so bad and the air quality as well, it can cause similar symptoms. I'll be praying for you. Do breathing exercises when you're stressed and hang in there. A the best!💕😊🌻

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