Chest pain is never something that we should ignore as it has many causes or conditions that can cause it. Some of these are life-threatening while others are not. Chest pain can be caused by problems or issues in your heart, lungs, muscles, ribs, nerves, or even the esophagus. If you ever have recurrent or unexplained chest pain, do well to see your doctor for him to evaluate it for you.
Depending on its cause, you may feel this chest pain from the neck to your abdomen and the pain may be Sharp, dull, aching, stabbing, burning, or a tight, crushing, or squeezing sensation.
The major causes of chest pain include:
1) Heart Problems
Heart issues like Pericarditis, which is an inflammation or infection that occurs on the sac around the heart; Myocarditis, which is a heart muscle inflammation that can cause fever, fatigue, trouble breathing, or even fast heartbeat; Heart attack, which is a reduction in the blood flow through the heart blood cells which also causes the death of heart muscle cells, are all the conditions of the heart which can lead to chest pain.
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2) Lung Problems:
Common causes of chest pains from the lungs include:
- Pleuritis: This is an inflammation that occurs in the lining of the chest or lungs, you feel something like a sharp pain when you cough, sneeze or even breathe.
- Pneumonia: This is normally from colds and it often comes on suddenly causing thongs like cough, chills, fever, or pus being coughed out from the respiratory tract.
-Pneumothorax: This is often caused by an injury that happened in the chest, it happens when part of the lung collapses and fails to release air into our chest cavity. It can also cause pain that can get worse when you breathe in.
- Asthma: This causes shortness of breath, coughing, or wheezing, and sometimes it can cause chest pain. It is an inflammatory disorder that happens in the airways.
3) Gastrointestinal Issues
This can also lead and cause chest pain and some of the problems that can cause it is acid reflux which is our stomach contents move back into our mouth and throat. This usually causes a sour taste and also a burning sensation that is otherwise known as heartburn. Heartburn from acid reflux can actually lead to chest pain since the heart and the esophagus are located closely together.
4) Peptic Ulcers: A reoccurring chest pain can also be a result of painful sores in the stomach or small intestines lining and this is more common in people that smoke, take a lot of alcohol, or even abuse painkillers. The pain normally gets better when you eat or take an antacid.
5) Hiatal Hernia: This occurs when the top of the stomach pushes into our lower chest after we have eaten. This will cause reflux symptoms and often lead to chest pain or even heartburn and the pain tens to get worse when you lie down.
6) Gallbladder Issues: This normally occurs when we feel or have a sensation of fullness after eating a fatty meal. The pain normally happens in our lower chest area or even the upper side of our abdomen and it's another cause that can lead to chest pain.
7) Bone, Nerve, or Muscle issues: Sometimes, our chest pain maybe as a result of pressure or overuse of our muscles or bones or even an injury in the chest area that arose out of this overuse.
8) Rib Issues: Pain that arises out of a broken rib may worsen and cause inflammation which can lead to being sore and thereby chest pain.
Other potential causes of chest pain include anxiety, panic attacks e.t.c
When You Must See A Doctor
Chest pain must not be ignored and if you feel any of these below, do well to see your doctor immediately
- When you have a sudden feeling of tightness, pressure, crushing or squeezing under your breastbone
- When you have chest pain that spreads to your jaw, back or left arm
- When you have sharp and sudden with shortness of breathing especially after you went a long period without exercise
- When you feel dizziness, nausea, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate especially after going a long period without exercise.
- When you have a low heart rate or low blood pressure
- When you have chills, fever, or coughing up some yellow-green mucus
- When you have problems with swallowing
- When you have severe or very serious chest pain that wouldn't go away
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