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What causes chest and back pain inspite of having fibromyalgia?

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Posted on Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Question: I am a 49 year old woman. I have fibromyalgia and have been told my nervous system is overactive. Once or twice a day I break out into a sweat lasts for a while. Is this one of the symptoms? Also, I get sharp pains in my chest and back and around the rib cage daily with certain movements. These are symptoms that scare me. I have had my heart checked out and doctors tell me that is not the problem. Of course, I suffer from anxiety as well.
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Not due to cardiac cause.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
The chest and back pain that you have can be due to fibromyalgia. If the pain is not associated with any shortness of breath and excessive sweating then a cardiac cause is not likely. Also since your cardiac work up is normal there is no need to worry.
The intermittent episodes of sweating are related to anxiety. To help this problem you can take a few measures-
1.Check your caffeine intake-Avoid drinking too much tea, coffee or cola.
2.Avoid alcohol and cigarette smoking.
3.Try physical exercise like aerobic exercises daily for twenty minutes.
4.Avoid your worries and problems or solve them with the help of your family and friends.
5. Learn controlled breathing.
6. Do simple relaxation exercises like yoga, meditation, etc.
You can also discuss the problem with your GP who will help you in choosing a good antianxiety drug with low day time sedation.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Wishing you good health.
Regards.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Praveen Tayal (2 hours later)
Thank you Dr. Tayal. Its hard not to believe these pains are cardiac related. Can an overactive nervous systems cause these things?
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Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal (16 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Yes.

Detailed Answer:
Hello.
Thanks for writing again.
An overactive nervous system can cause such symptoms. You need to incorporate the life style changes that I have suggested. It will help in calming your nerves. You will see an improvement in 2-3 weeks.
Hope my answer is helpful.
Do accept my answer in case there are no further queries.
Regards.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes chest and back pain inspite of having fibromyalgia?

Brief Answer: Not due to cardiac cause. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for posting your query. The chest and back pain that you have can be due to fibromyalgia. If the pain is not associated with any shortness of breath and excessive sweating then a cardiac cause is not likely. Also since your cardiac work up is normal there is no need to worry. The intermittent episodes of sweating are related to anxiety. To help this problem you can take a few measures- 1.Check your caffeine intake-Avoid drinking too much tea, coffee or cola. 2.Avoid alcohol and cigarette smoking. 3.Try physical exercise like aerobic exercises daily for twenty minutes. 4.Avoid your worries and problems or solve them with the help of your family and friends. 5. Learn controlled breathing. 6. Do simple relaxation exercises like yoga, meditation, etc. You can also discuss the problem with your GP who will help you in choosing a good antianxiety drug with low day time sedation. I hope this answers your query. In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out. Wishing you good health. Regards. Dr. Praveen Tayal. For future query, you can directly approach me through my profile URL http://bit.ly/Dr-Praveen-Tayal