Chest pains can have many different causes
Do you have a painful and tight feeling chest? Then there is a big chance that you feel worried about it. It’s completely logical to be worried as a lot of people immediately think of their heart and that something must be wrong with it. There may however be nothing to worry about! Chest pains can also be caused by anxiety or muscle aches for example. We will explain how to recognize the causes of chest pain.
Are you in doubt? Make an appointment with your GP for a check-up.
1. Stomach and esophagus
Do you feel a burning sort of pain in your chest and does it spread to your back? Then you could be suffering from heartburn. This pain can occur just after a meal. You experience heartburn as pain in your chest because it is mostly felt in your esophagus. How do you get rid of this pain? Make sure that, when you’re lying down, your upper body is higher than the rest of your body. This will make the pain subside slowly. So get a few extra pillows to support your back. Additionally you can try drinking a glass of milk, eating a sandwich or taking an antacid to ease the pain.
2. Stress and breathing
Do you have a tight and taut feeling in your chest? Chances are that it is caused by panic or stress. You are probably also very worried about the pain, which makes the chest pain worse! Try to find out where your stress is coming from. Additionally, seek some relaxation and do something to take your mind off things. For example, do something fun with friends, watch a nice movie or talk a walk through the woods.
Go to the next page to read about three more explanations for your chest pain.