I have had chest pain (and other pains!) for over 20 years. I used to feel confident in knowing when the chest pain was fibromyalgia and not something else. I have a family history of heart disease. Sometimes I have an arhythmia or abnormal EKG. Whenever I tell a doc that I have chest pain they immediately start spending time and money on some kind of heart diagnosis no matter what I tell them about the fibromyalgia. Recently I spent the night in intensive care with this scenario and spent $8000 (insurance covered part of it). I can't go running to the doc everytime I have chest pain which can be daily for weeks or months on end. In fact I don't even want to tell them I have chest pain because I know they'll head down the wrong path. But ... I'm getting older, I'm 56, the age my family history kicks in ... what if it is angina or something else? Does anyone have any experience here or a rule of thumb to follow? I'm tired of going to docs chasing rainbows. Somebody give me a clue because I'm feeling clueless. --gingerspice
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