Chest pain appears in many forms, ranging from a sharp stab to a dull ache. Sometimes chest pain feels crushing or burning. In certain cases, the pain travels up the neck, into the jaw, and then radiates to the back or down one or both arms.
Many different problems can cause chest pain. The most life-threatening causes involve the heart or lungs. Because chest pain can indicate a serious problem, it's important to seek immediate medical help.
The following are heart-related causes of chest pain:
The following are gastrointestinal causes of chest pain:
The following are lung-related causes of chest pain:
Bronchospasms commonly occur in people who have asthma and related disorders such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The following are causes of chest pain related to the muscles or bones:
Shingles can cause chest pain. You may develop pain along your back or chest before the shingles rash becomes apparent. Panic attacks can also cause chest pain.
You may have other symptoms that occur with chest pain. Identifying symptoms you may be having can help your doctor make a diagnosis. These include:
While pain is the most common symptom of a heart problem, some people experience other symptoms, with or without chest pain. Women, in particular, have reported unusual symptoms that later have been identified as being the result of a heart condition:
Symptoms that may indicate your chest pain isn’t heart-related include:
Seek emergency treatment immediately if you think you may be having a heart attack and especially if your chest pain is new, unexplained, or lasts more than a few moments.
Your doctor will ask you some questions, and your answers can help them diagnose the cause of your chest pain. Be prepared to discuss any related symptoms and to share information about any medications, treatments, or other medical conditions you may have.
Your doctor may order tests to help diagnose or eliminate heart-related problems as a cause of your chest pain. These may include:
Arnica mont. – Chest pain with sore and bruised feeling.
Ranunculus b. – Good remedy for intercostal rheumatism, sharp stitching pain in the chest along with dyspnoea.
Rhus tox. – Pains extend to the shoulders, worse by initial motion and cold-damp weather, better continued motion and warmth.
Kali carb. – Stitching pain in the chest, which gets worse between 2-3 A.M
Actea racemosa. – Pain worse on the right side.
Rumex c. – Sharp stitching pain through the left lung, often with cough.
Bryonia – Chest pain is of stitching, burning and stabbing in nature, is worse by motion and better by rest and pressure. Thirst for large quantities of water and dryness of mucous membranes often accompanies.
Stannum – Knife like stitches, worse on bending forward and left side.
Aconite – Chest pain due to pneumonia of first stage along with anxiety and restlessness.
Phosphorus – Violent tickling cough, chest pain due to tuberculosis of lungs or pneumonia along with oppression of the chest.
Carbo-veg – Chest pain from indigestion, flatulance and acidity.
Robinia – Burning pain behind sternum due to hyperacidity.
Strophanthus – Chest pain is of stitching and twitching in nature and often of cardiac origin.e.t.c