Costochondritis – Fibromyalgia chest pain

This is a painful chest pain often associated with fibromyalgia.  It is an inflammation of the cartilage that joins the ribs to the chest bone, this inflammation is the cause of the sharp chest pains inside the chest wall.

This pain mimics the pain of cardiac problems including heart attacks and stroke.

Symptoms include: –

  • Sharp stabbing pain in the front of the chest
  • Ribs that are sore to the touch
  • Pain on the left or right side of the chest
  • Upper chest pains
  • Burning pain in the ribs
  • Pain that radiates up the back of the neck and shoulders
  • Pain in your chest when you cough or sneeze
  • Pain that increases with activity, exertion or deep breathing
  • Pain that decreases with rest, movement or slow breathing


There are secondary symptoms of costochondritis which can include: –

  • Rapid heart rate
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing


Always get this one checked by your doctor – don’t take any chances.