If you’ve had this experience before, you know that the symptoms around fibromyalgia and heart can be very scary. Fibromyalgia seems to come with every pain imaginable, including chest pain.
Many will go to the emergency room at least once because they think they are having a heart attack. This probably happens to those who have not yet diagnosed fibromyalgia because they don’t know what fibro-laryngeal pain looks like and are more likely to believe their heart is missing.
The danger for people with diagnosed fibromyalgia is the risk of not seeking medical attention for a serious heart condition because they assume that pain is part of fibromyalgia. Therefore, it is important that everyone understands how fibromyalgia and heart muscle interact and when medical treatment is needed.
It goes without saying that the heart is really the most important muscle of the body.
Fibromyalgia Chest Pain – Various Causes
One of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia is chronic pain in many parts of the body. A common symptom that we often talk about is costochondritis. The pain comes from inflammation in the cartilage that connects the ribs and breastbone. The pain usually strikes the side of the chest and can cause pain waves that are very similar to a heart attack. The good news is that it doesn’t endanger your life.
With fibromyalgia, you can also feel pain in other parts of the chest, as well as on the shoulders and arms. It can be acute, throbbing, burning, or jerky. Although heart attacks tend to come and go in a short time, this pain can last for days or even weeks. Some patients with fibromyalgia suffer from chest pain for months or years.
Also check out our article on chest pain for other causes of chest pain at any time.
Fibromyalgia and heart failure
Chest pain in fibromyalgia is often life-threatening, but it is not always the case. Research shows that it is common for heart failure patients to also have fibromyalgia. A study of 57 heart failure patients found that more than 20% of participants met the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia. The finding that heart failure usually matches the severity of fibromyalgia symptoms is even more worrying.
Research has also shown that fibromyalgia patients are more likely to experience various diseases related to central nervous system sensitivity or dysfunction. This includes heart failure, TMJ, and irritable bowel disease. This supports the idea that fibromyalgia is caused by a very sensitive central nervous system that registers pain when it is not justified.
Some scientific studies prove that fibromyalgia is related to heart rate variability. For example, many patients suffer from tachycardia, which occurs when the heart beats abnormally fast. This is just a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system often seen in people with fibromyalgia. The compound is so strong that some professionals recommend checking the heart rate inconsistency as a diagnostic tool for fibromyalgia.
Does fibromyalgia cause heart failure?
While there may be a link between fibromyalgia and heart problems, there is no evidence that fibromyalgia is the cause of heart failure or other heart disorders. Heart attacks can be a result of many factors, including clogged arteries, which are caused by poor diet, smoking and obesity. Stress on the body is also an important factor, and remember what I say so often, that living with a fibro itself can be a form of stress for the body.
Fibromyalgia can increase the risk of heart failure in patients, especially when chronic pain, fatigue and sleep disturbances lead to an increased imbalance between chemicals, hormones, etc. We know that cortisol (adrenal) levels get out of balance if we don’t recover. sleep, and it also affects the heart.
Fibromyalgia is also likely to intensify the symptoms of heart disease because of the sensitivity of the nervous system. This is similar to fibromyalgia patients who experience more pain than non-fibro in everyday life.
Fibro pain or heart attack?
If you or someone you love has chest pain, it’s best to see an emergency doctor. I say it often, but yes, it’s always better to ask for help when you don’t need it than to eliminate pain as a symptom of fibromyalgia when it’s actually something more serious.
In general, the pain associated with fibromyalgia tends to last longer than a heart attack. If you press on the point of pain, fibromyalgia pain is likely to increase when triggered by trigger points. The pain caused by a heart attack does not increase when it is pressed slightly. Fibromyalgia-related pain does not cause radiating pain in the arms or back, which often occurs during a heart attack.
Because there may be a link between cardiac events and fibromyalgia, it can be helpful to request a stress test or other heart diagnostic tests to avoid potential problems. This is the only way to make sure that the chest pain you feel is actually caused by fibromyalgia rather than a serious life-threatening heart problem.
Symptoms of a heart attack can include chest pain and pressure, pain in the arms, jaw pain, sweating, nausea, and difficulty breathing. If you experience these symptoms suddenly, seek help immediately. And, as you can see, almost all of these symptoms can also manifest in fibromyalgia. Therefore, you should always be careful.
In addition, as I said at the very top of this article, the heart is the body’s most important muscle. Therefore, it is important that you consult your doctor before using muscle relaxants and other medications that can interfere with your heart’s normal rhythm and function.
Keep an eye on your heart at home
You can now follow the evolution of your heart in the comfort of your home or wherever you are.
The kardiamobile device is easy to use and is suitable for anyone with heart problems or at increased risk. You can also check your blood pressure at home if this is also an issue.
Toxins and heart disease
It is important to avoid toxins as much as possible in people with fibromyalgia. The potential for all diseases can be greater if people are continuously exposed to environmental toxins. More and more studies regularly report the link between heart disease and the toxins we are exposed to. Here you can learn more about the chemical susceptibility in fibromyalgia.
Do you have a fast heartbeat, sweating, nausea, headache or increased blood pressure when exposed to toxic environments? It’s common and it’s often the way our body tells us to get rid of these harmful toxins. This can happen in a clothing store, restaurant, shopping center, veterinary clinic or other place where many chemicals are often used.
A smile from the heart / gratitude
Remember what I often say. “A smile from the heart is a good place to start,” I coined this phrase years ago because I realized that gratitude and a genuine smile can do a lot to maintain a healthy chemical balance in our body.
It feels good to smile from the heart. This is not based on our situation, but rather on the fact that we are preparing to overcome the situation in every possible way. It is not a question of perfection or of mind over matter.