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I have cervical stenosis and fibromyalgia. With activity my upper chest area aches with severe pain. My thoracic MRI was good. What could cause this?

I have cervical stenosis and fibromyalgia.  With activity my upper chest area aches with severe pain.  My thoracic MRI was good. What could cause this?

Coronary arteries ?: 59yo female reports chest pain with exercise. Physicians generally rule out the most worrisome pathology ascribed to symptoms patients report. Before all other considerations, a 59yo women with chest pain upon exercise needs an in-depth evaluation for angina pectoris and coronary artery disease. If a workup is negative, then consult with an Osteopath. These symptoms require expeditious evaluation. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Can severe stress cause all this fibromyalgia pain?

Can severe stress cause all this fibromyalgia pain?

Yes it's possible: Its difficult to isolate what fibromyalgia is. Much easier to diagnose what it is not. Therefore it's difficult to assess what 'cause & affect' makes it worse as opposed to simply, 'guilt by association.' someone best described it as a water pipe. Pressure (good) makes the water flow but stress (bad) makes the pipe crack! ...Read more

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How severe can fibromyalgia pain become?

Severe: It's an individual perspective. No one can understand anyone else's pain. Pain perception is as individual as a fingerprint. ...Read more

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Can having a sore throat and fluid in ears cause fibromyalgia pain to feel 100 times worse. ?Back of my neck and shoulders feel beat up.

Of course: You are describing what sounds like an ear infection of some kind. This leads to an inflammatory response which then heightens your pain as it affects your nerve endings in general. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have I got fibromyalgia pain?

How do I know if I have I got fibromyalgia pain?

See a doc: See a doctor familiar with this condition. This may be a rheumatologist, a physiatrist (specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation) or a neurologist. Internists also make this diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the best way to deal with fibromyalgia pain?

Knowledgeable physic: Avoid narcotics, improve quality of sleep and find knowledgeable physician - rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What approaches work best to handle fibromyalgia pain?

What approaches work best to handle fibromyalgia pain?

Fibromyalgia: Pain management, preferably with as few pills as possible is of utmost importance. Here is the website of the American Academy of Pain Management: http://www.aapainmanage.org/ ...Read more

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

Widespread pain and tenderness on palpation of specific muscle points, associated with variety of other symptoms that include fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, ...Read more


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