Tracking my efforts to beat Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), aka CFIDS, aka CFS

Tracking my efforts to beat Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), aka CFIDS, aka CFS

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Hit by a new symptom: Costochondritis

What caused my unbearable chest pain?  Two theories:

Theory 1.  This is the onset of Fibromyalgia

Here are a couple of entries from the about the connection between costochondritis and FM.  (In the video, I mistakenly said they were from the New York Times blog).

Costochondritis in Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia & Costochondritis: Pain in the Chest & Ribs

This third article posits that the chest pain often seen in FMS patients is not costchondritis at all because it is not caused by inflammation, but rather by Myofascial Trigger Points (MTPs).

Theory 2.  Inflammation from Chronic Viral Infection in CFS

Typically, medical websites on Costochondritis say that it can be caused by two things: trauma and inflammation from chronic infection.  Trauma is ruled out for me -- I haven't done jack squat in a long time!  But to the extent that ME/CFS is sometimes suspected to have a chronic viral infection component due to weakened immune system, this may have caused inflammation.

Frankly, I'm not sure if these can really be considered two distinct theories, given the close connection between ME/CFS and FM.  I haven't yet bothered to research much about FM since pain was never a component of my ME/CFS until last Thursday.  Hopefully this is just a brief episode and I don't need to  learn more about FM.


  1. I've had FM for 25 years but didn't get Costocondritis until contracting CFS two years ago. It comes and goes. It scared the heck out of me the first time I had it. It doesn't feel anything like FM, at least in my case.

    People that have FM have different symptoms which makes it hard to diagnose. The basic definition is pain in both the top and bottom and right and left sides of the body that lasts more than three months. Most often you are stiff and sore when you wake up in the morning. The whole tender point thing isn't a reliable diagnosis of fibro. Mine come and go. They got really bad after contracting CFS which was when I finally got a diagnosis for fibro even though I suspected that I've had it for decades.

    One more comment, if you are taking lots of magnesium you need to track your blood levels regularly. I had to stop supplementing with it because I reached very high blood levels.

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