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jenb
02-06-2007, 08:54 PM
Hi all, I have been seeing doctors for four years now trying to get a correct diagnosis for my symptoms. Six months ago I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, whiched seemed to fit. However, I have been having increased chest pain in the left side (breathing in deeply hurts all the way down my arm). I know I'm not having a stroke/heart attack, and drs say its just anxiety but I feel it is something more as it happens even at my most relaxed. I also get these strange episodes of severe redness/flushing of my face and upper body where I feel nausious, dizzy, and can't stop from yawning afterwards. It happens in early morning and sometimes during the day. I literally look like I've been hung upside down for an hour. My thyroid blood test was normal, hormone levels normal (I'm only 32 and maybe 15-20pounds over recommended weight- I've been assured that it is not hot flashes by three doctors). Drs look at my like I'm crazy and I feel like I am older than my 85 year old grandma. I do have the shooting pains, fatigue, and muscle/joint pain of fibromylgia, but I'm starting to wonder if it's not something else. Are chest pains and/or face flushing common to lupus or recognizable to anyone? I'm desperate to have a clue as to what I am dealing with.

MARYCAIN
02-07-2007, 02:44 PM
Hi, Jen. A lot of the symptoms you are describing can be caused by fibromyalgia. Although many people think fibro just involves muscle aches and pains, it can cause systemic symptoms very similar to lupus. Unusual flushing is very common with fibro - it can affect the ears, face, neck and upper chest, whereas the "malar rash" of lupus mainly affects the cheeks and the bridge of the nose, and can last for weeks at a time. Doctors aren't sure what causes the flushing in fibro, but think the autonomic nervous system might be involved in some way. If you are not seeing someone who specializes in treating fibromyalgia patients, it might be helpful to find a specialist, because most general practice doctors aren't knowledgeable about the full range of fibromyalgia symptoms, and don't know much about the various treatment options.

jenb
02-07-2007, 02:56 PM
Thanks for that. I will try a specialist. Do you know if chest pains are common to fibro? I've been looking up fibro sites/symptoms and never read about flushing.

MARYCAIN
02-07-2007, 03:23 PM
Here's a link to an article about chest pain in fibro that might help.

http://www.fibromyalgia-symptoms.org/fibromyalgia_chest_symptoms.html

jenb
02-08-2007, 04:37 PM
This link definitely helps... Thanks so much. I sent it to my primary doctor and am bringing it with me to the rheumatologist. Thanks for giving me a littl e hope. I posted on webmd, the mayo clinic, and several other boards and yours is the only response I received. Your information has lifted my heart.. Thank you.

MARYCAIN
02-08-2007, 04:45 PM
I'm glad we were able to help - please let us know how it goes!