Does anyone with rheumatoid arthritis have chest pains when in a flare?

Anyone else have chest pains when in a flare?

Sinead Whitley
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Ive always had chest pain during a flare it scares the heck out of me!!! I used to go in the ER a lot only to be sent home and said it was anxiety

Sonia Acosta
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Yes and was hospitalized for it before my diagnosis. They gave me nitroglycerin and took me in via ambulance. Such a scary experience... Are you okay??

KMarie Langley
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A flare can affect your blood flow

KMarie Langley
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Once I was diagnosed, my Doctor was able to link the chest pains to my autoimmune disease. Have you been seen for the pain? Please do not hesitate.

KMarie Langley
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I have an appt tomorrow. It's been intermittent pains. Almost like gas pains when breathing but up much higher. Been happening since last week.

Sinead Whitley 3 years

Wishing you the best of luck! I tend to take matters of the heart/chest seriously. You just never know. Sending you positive vibes as you seek out answers!

KMarie Langley 3 years

KMarie Langley thank you. Googling chest pains is never a good thing. Lol I appreciate your support!

Sinead Whitley 3 years

Oh, I know! It's awful!! So many possibilities! Stay positive

KMarie Langley 3 years

Ya.. It can cause inflammation in your sternum
Try sleeping hugging a pillow. Not trying to say its not heart related.. Just been to the er too many times for the same thing. Sleep with the pillow for about a week or until pain goes away.

Keni Raymond
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Thank you:) I will. I read it could be inflammation of the sternum possibly. Kept thinking I pulled something but it is not something I really could have pulled. Just aches with a mix of stabbing pains... Fun times

Sinead Whitley 3 years

I'm sorry.. The pillow will help if you sleep on your side. And no heavy lifting!! Good luck.

Keni Raymond 3 years

I get it a bit just where my bra is under my boobs. Think it could be sternum. Never really linked it to RA. It’s not like a heart or lung pain but a pain or ache.

Julie Carr 3 years

Yes, this has happened to me. So scary! I'm in a flare now, but my chest pain is gone. It's almost like a sign the flare is coming. I hate the unpredictability of this disease.

Melissa Padilla
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Ugh me too. I am on 20 mg of methotrexate which helps a lot but I can still tell something is up with my energy levels. But this new issue is not fun:/

Sinead Whitley 3 years

This is going to sound crazy.. But I've been to emerg so many times with chest pain and so many wrong diagnosis... Anyways Iong story short.. I read about a girl with similar problem and she was pushing her pain to its limit and in a last effort thought ill drink as much water till I puke to somehow relieve some pain... But she realized after 4 big cups of water the pain started to go away.. It doesnt always stay away but if it's reallly bad I drink 4-5 large glasses of water and right away I feel a little better

Tenae Elkins
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Like chug the water fast... All of it

Tenae Elkins
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Yes, Really bad at times. I figured it is my connective tissue between my ribs. Feels like Pleurisy at times. Sometimes my breast bone gets so sore i can't even turn around in bed without crying out.

Mervin Crump
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Yes I have, but if the pain is really intense you must go and get it checked out. I have been hospitalized for inflammation around the heart. Much more instense than usual, work called an ambulance. So I told my primary at least I now know what it is, he told me when it becomes severe like it was i must go to the hospital, even though that time it was due to the RA the next time it may not be. He told me I have to rule out that it is not a heart attack.

Pamela Hogue
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Those meds have very serious side effects. Not fair for us

Lina Major
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Yes!

Arcy Orr
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I don't have chest pains that feel like a heart problem, but my ribs get VERY painful and tender.

Lauren Zavala
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Most of you sound like you probably have costochondritis. It's quite common and horrifically painful.

Nadine Vang
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Yep... Me

Jose Maxwell
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Yes.

Kristen Boudreaux
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Yes, like right now. For me it hurts most right at the end of a deep breath. Feels like a lung issue or heart but it's in fact ribs. Saw a dr. For it Oct. 29; they ran an ekg to rule out heart problems. Good times

Mo Morgan Nicholas
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That's howI was diagnosed... İ went to ER multiple times and now understand/ recognise the pain. I can barely move at night simetimes and deep breathes affect it too. Hugging a pillow definitely helps.

Lisa Obrien
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