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Keeping ‘Abreast’ Of The Situation…{What Breast Pain Could Mean With Fibromyalgia}

If you think about it, we really are conditioned as women to panic at the slightest problem with our ‘chest area’.  Now, do not get me wrong, I know the statistics and understand the reasons for vigilance.  The major ‘freak out’ however, isn’t always called for.  Every twinge and ache doesn’t necessarily mean cancer.  Especially with FMS.

Recently I have been getting sharp pains in my left ‘chest’ area. I’ve recently had my yearly mammogram, and even saw my dermatologist for a red spot that hung around that area a little too long (which is actually fading, but still there).  In all fairness I do get the occasional twinges on the right side also, but more so on the left.  So, of course I panicked, went to the Internet and got the s*** scared out of me with terrifying data related to Inflammatory Breast Cancer (a very rare form that comprises approx. 4% of the diagnosed breast cancers).

what breast pain could mean with fibromyalgia

As I calmed down, and after I had seen my doctor (who said the spot looked acne related, “*ick*”), I started to wonder if the pain could be related to FMS.  This does come up occasionally for me (and yes, I always panic), so I figured since everything seems to be up for grabs with Fibromyalgia in the pain department, why not this area?  As I did a little research, this isn’t an uncommon occurrence, and you can find many forums where women have experienced this very thing.  Of course, going to the doctor is a MUST before chalking it up to FMS, but if you get the ‘all clear’, there’s a good chance FMS could be the culprit.

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You see,  there is a muscle wall in your chest, and all the tissue is connected.  Pain can radiate out to the nerves causing discomfort and typical FMS/muscle problems.  So yes, this area is definitely not excluded from the grab bag of conditions that accompany Fibromyalgia.  See a physician first to rule out any serious possibilities, but if there is no other reason for the pain, it could be your FMS.

breast5I send to you: Peace! Love! And lot’s of comfy, soft, throws draped over your legs with big steaming mugs of whatever tickles your fancy!

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~Kristine ♥

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    Emily
    December 20 at 10:18 pm

    I pray that God would give you the peace that passes all understanding and that you would experience His healing.
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      kristine
      December 20 at 10:33 pm

      Thank you Emily 🙂

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    Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood
    December 21 at 7:45 am

    Sending out good vibes to you! Also, you would think that I’ve learned my lesson about googling health problems, but I haven’t. it’s so tempting, but definitely scary sometimes.
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      kristine
      December 21 at 6:50 pm

      HA! Thanks Morgan, I cannot tell you how many times I have FREAKED myself out googling health issues, and you know what?…none of the horrific things I’ve read have been the case with my health. Kudos to you for having better discipline than I do! 😉 Thanks for stoppin’ 🙂

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    VIVIAN
    March 22 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks for the information on this subject. I’ve had these issues for some time now. I was told by my OB-GYN that it could also come from consuming large amounts of caffeine. So I decreased my soda intake and the pains also decreased in intensity as well as frequency. Now I only have them occasionally. Suffering from Fibromyalgia is an ever learning experience for me. It seems there is always something new to learn about this condition.

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      kristine
      March 22 at 9:50 pm

      Hi Vivian! (BTW that’s one of my favorite names!) You are so welcome! I have also heard that cutting caffeine can decrease breast pain. I just went through another week long bout with this pain, and then as fast as it came-it dissapeared. It IS a constant learning lesson isn’t it? Thank you for stoppin’ by to chat 😉

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    Marilynne
    November 12 at 5:27 pm

    I am a new follower, a 16 year Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome diagnosis journey with 5+ years prior (possibly 53 years). I get the breast pain when the weather has major changes. You might try journaling those moments to see if that relates for you. I find weather and barometric pressure changes increases my overall pain. Doesn’t help that I live in the Ohio Valley where daily changes are the norm!

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      kristine
      November 13 at 2:24 pm

      Interesting Marilynne! I think I will do a little more research and see what is known about weather changes and breast pain. Apprecieate it 😉

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    Elaine howden
    May 12 at 7:43 am

    Very interesting, I am 52, and have had constant bouts of unexplained breat pain for years. 8 months ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which I’ve probably had for years looking back. However I did wonder if breast pain could be down to my fibro. Seemingly it could. Very helpful to me. Thanks for sharing.

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      kristine
      May 12 at 10:36 am

      Hi Elaine! Again, I want to stress how VITAL it is to have your physician check out the source of your breast pain. FMS is only ONE possibility. Glad you found this helpful! 🙂

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