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For the most part, any chest pain that you experience should be first reported to your primary care physician or cardiologist. However, sometimes the chest pain can resemble true angina but is not of cardiac origin. If that is the case, you may have cervical angina, a type of chest pain that originates from cervical disorders. This condition can manifest itself as thorax chest pain. Furthermore, a benign cardiac chest pain may also be treated with spinal cord stimulator/neuromodulation treatment. 

On rare occasions, early stages of conditions like shingles or postherpetic neuralgia of the chest can be treated with a spinal cord stimulator, antidepressants, anti-seizure medications, or specific nerve blocks that target the dorsal root ganglion. Patients who have had open-heart surgery may develop a burning type of chest pain that can be easily treated with external electrical stimulators implanted underneath the skin. Chest pain can be from esophageal spasms, hiatal hernia, acid reflux, a collapsed lung, 

Chest pain is not something you should ignore, as some conditions can be life-threatening. If you’re experiencing chest pain, you should see Dr. Minehart for medical advice. 

Common Causes of Chest Pain

Chest pain has many different causes. In most cases, chest pain is not caused by a heart problem and isn’t usually life-threatening. Your symptoms will typically give you an idea of the cause. However, don’t self-diagnose as chest pain associated with shortness of breath can be symptoms of a heart attack or stroke. You should see a GP if you’re worried.

Possible Cause and Symptoms of Chest Pain:

Heartburn or Indigestion: If you experience a sharp pain in your chest with a burning sensation that goes away when you move around a bit, you may just have acid reflux or a stomach issue. It usually starts after eating, bringing up food or bitter-tasting fluids to your throat. It’s common to experience acid reflux when you are full and bloated. 

Chest Sprain or Strain: Chest pain can be caused by strained chest muscle. You may have lifted something heavy without the proper lifting techniques or injured yourself playing sports like rowing or tennis. This chest pain typically starts after chest injury or chest exercise but normally feels better with rest. 

Anxiety or Panic Attack: Worry or stress can trigger anxiety chest pain. Symptoms of anxiety or panic attack can be described as sharp, shooting, stabbing pain, or persistent, dull aching. You should seek a healthcare professional if your chest pain is associated with increased heart rate, sweating, dizziness, and shortness of breath, as they can be signs of a heart attack.

Chest infection or Pneumonia: Lung infections like pneumonia can cause sharp or stabbing chest pain. Chest pain of this origin typically worsens when you breathe in and out, coughing up yellow or green mucus. 

Shingles: Shingle is a viral infection that causes a painful rash with a tingling sensation and turns into blisters which can be extremely uncomfortable. You may experience shooting chest pain before the rash appears. 

When to See a Doctor Over Chest Pain

If your chest pain is caused by anxiety or panic attacks, seeing a therapist may help. However, if it appears suddenly or is not relieved by self-care medications or techniques, you should consider calling your doctor right away, especially if it’s associated with severe pain, tightness, shortness of breath, and nausea.

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