Do you have chest pains? Here are 5 explanations why

3. Muscles and ribs

Do you feel a sharp stabbing kind of pain in your chest? Then there is a big chance that the cartilage and the muscles that connect your ribs to your sternum are a bit irritated. You could have something called Tietze Syndrome. This is an innocent and rare condition that makes the cartilage connections between the sternum and ribs feel painful. This will cure itself over time. The stabbing pain can also be caused by other things such as a long-lasting cramped-up posture when you sit behind your laptop or computer.

4. Lungs

Did you notice that you’re a bit short of breath and does this cause you chest pains? The source of the pain could be in your lungs. Is the pain mostly there when you take a really deep breath? Then it is wise to visit your GP to get an examination of your lungs as they can tell you exactly what’s wrong.

5. Heart

Are you suffering from chest pain that doesn’t subside after a period of resting? Then it could be an oxygen deficiency. No need to panic though! It sounds much more serious than it actually is. You could have an oxygen deficiency already after eating a large meal, after physical exercise or when experiencing stress. Take some rest and have a lie down. You will notice that the pain goes away! However, in case the pain does not go away and you start to experience nausea, restlessness or a sweaty feeling, do consult a doctor.

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