How to treat chest pain
What can tell chest pain: heart disease
Chest pain in many cases is due to diseases of the ribs, intercostal muscles and nerves. In these cases, the pain is usually localized and aggravated by movement, coughing, deep breathing, sneezing and pressure on the chest; often it gets worse at night. Very limited acute chest pain, the so-called stitch, manifests itself in the early stages of acute pleurisy, both as an independent disease and accompanying myocardial inflammation.
The cardinal differentiation of chest pain of cardiac origin is carried out in a timely manner by the so-called “heart pain” - angina pectoris. It is usually localized in the region of the heart and gives to the left hand, left side of the neck, and sometimes to the abdominal cavity. Appears when tension (mental or physical), emotional stress and has a different nature and strength - from barely noticeable to severe, destructive, lasting from a few minutes to hours. In most cases, this is accompanied by a sense of fear and shock.
Long-lasting severe and constant heart pain is almost always a sign of a heart attack. Often it is serious, in which case it is necessary in each case to immobilize the patient, bed rest and a mandatory visit to a doctor.
People with hypothyroidism often have pain in the front of the chest. The same pain can be caused by low levels of thyroid hormones in patients with angina. In addition, at the beginning of intensive treatment with thyroxin in the chest, typical pain from angina appears. It manifests itself in the form of tightening and squeezing in the chest during physical exertion, but is no longer at rest.
Symptoms of heart disease:
- increasing chest pain;
- feeling of fullness in the chest, which makes breathing difficult;
- heaviness or pressure in the chest;
- severe chest pain in wider areas.
Other diseases that cause chest pain
Not all chest pains are associated with heart problems. Soreness in the chest and upper back may be caused by cramps or muscle spasms, increased acidity in the stomach. Often, chest pain is nothing but the result of an upset stomach or pneumonia. Pleurisy also causes severe chest pain.
How to be treated
Accurate diagnosis of the causes of pain is necessary for prescribing treatment. The doctor will ask questions about the nature of the pain, as well as associated symptoms: chest pain is often accompanied by other symptoms, depending on the underlying disease. These include: shortness of breath, cough, fever.
The appearance of chest pain should be considered as a warning of possible danger, which requires immediate medical attention. Attempts to self-treatment often have serious irreversible consequences, since they miss a convenient time for appropriate treatment.
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