Chest Pain Conditions
Chest pain is a less common problem that we treat at Axis Health. The biggest concern is a heart problem. Please check lower down for symptoms of a heart attack. Injuries to the ribs and shoulder often lead to some form of chest pain. Trauma in which the chest or side of the body is impacted forcefully or squeezed can cause fracture of the ribs, or a sprain of the junction between the end of the rib and the piece of cartilage that joins the rib to the sterum in the front. These injuries usually cause pain somewhere between the side of the
torso and the middle of the chest. This type of injury can even be caused by excessive coughing or sneezing, especially if you are elderly. Simple problems with the function and position of the ribs can lead to pain just to the side of the sterum which is very easy to correct. With traumatic injuries, we support the injured areas with bracing, which helps dramatically, and provide instructions for proper care to speed up your healing. If the problems are related to rib funtion, no big deal, we treat these problems every day with great results.
What are the most common signs of a heart attack?
*Chest pain or discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center or left side of the chest. The discomfort usually lasts for more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back. It can feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain. It also can feel like heartburn or indigestion. The feeling can be mild or severe.
*Upper body discomfort. You may feel pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, shoulders, neck, jaw, or upper part of the stomach (above the belly button).
*Shortness of breath. This may be your only symptom, or it may occur before or along with chest pain or discomfort. It can occur when you are resting or doing mild physical activity.
*Breaking out in a cold sweat.
*Feeling unusually tired for no reason, sometimes for days (especially if you are a woman)
*Nausea (feeling sick to the stomach) and vomiting
*Light-headedness or sudden dizziness