Pain When Breathing

Pain When Breathing. Pain in breathing is a common symptom. These are pain that can be felt in the cervical or thoracic region and can sometimes also lead to discomfort on the back. Behind the pain of breathing many different causes can be hidden. In addition to lung diseases , infections of the upper respiratory tract are more often the cause of breathing pain. But also diseases of the lung skin are typical for this symptom.

In addition, complaints of muscles, bones and nerves can cause pain during breathing. Depending on the cause and severity of the pain, various therapeutic approaches may be considered.

Pain When Breathing

The causes of breathing pain are manifold. The most common diseases are the respiratory tract and lungs . These include primarily infections and inflammation of the mucous membranes in the neck, trachea and bronchi. Even  pneumonia can cause pain when breathing. Especially with the involvement of the lung , pain in breathing is not uncommon.

Pain When Breathing

If the pain occurs acutely and suddenly and is accompanied by respiratory distress , a pulmonary embolism must also be considered. It is a rare but serious condition in which a blood clot clogs a lungs artery.
Continue reading:  How to recognize a pulmonary embolism? Similarly sudden, but usually less drastic, a (partially) collapsed lung manifests itself .

Pain When Breathing Causes

In addition, other structures in the ribcage can cause pain when breathing. Here, above all, the musculoskeletal system should be mentioned. It can come through a pinched ribs nerves , overstretched muscles or even after a bruise on the chest to pain in breathing. All of this is one of the common causes.

In some cases, pain behind breathing hides chest pain from other organs . A heart attack is often associated with chest pain, even the stomach or gallbladder can make so noticeable. Here, however, the pain is not always related to breathing.

Pain When Breathing back Pain

Often pain during breathing in the back are perceived. This is the typical pain site in which inflammatory processes on the lungs and lung pelvis radiate.

The most common cause is a flu-like infection that is caused by viruses and often accompanies pain in breathing in the back. Similarly, bacterial pneumonia in the lower lung sections in the back often causes pain during breathing. These are especially noticeable when inhaled . Especially if the lung skin is inflamed, the person can indicate well localized pain when breathing in the back.

Also common causes of pain in the back are bruises and simply a sore muscles . The respiratory muscles sit between the ribs. If she was overloaded, she hurts with every breath. After a jerky movement, a pinched nerve can cause pain when breathing.

Important for respiratory-related pain is the question of whether a previous trauma has occurred. After a blow on the back, a bruise or a bruise can sometimes cause severe pain in breathing in the back. Rare causes of pain in breathing that radiate in the back are rheumatic diseases of the spine or ribs.

Pain When Breathing Painful ribs

If the breathing pain is more localized to or under the ribs, it should first be thought of as a muscular or nerve and bone cause. In addition to the respiratory muscles , the abdominal muscles also start below the lowest rib. In sore muscles in the abdominal muscles or a strain of the same can therefore occur at / below the ribs pain during breathing.

They are also a typical symptom of rib bruising . After a trauma to the rib cage, the ribs can sometimes be heavily bruised. This causes pain when breathing at and under the ribs. In case of severe symptoms, a rupture of the ribs should be ruled out in the hospital . This is done with an x-ray . A rib fracture is in most cases conservatively treated by sparing and painkillers.

Classically, inflammation of the lung lining , which rests directly against the inner wall of the chest , also manifests itself as pain in the ribs during breathing. Especially a deep inhalation causes stinging pain . Causes of pneumonia are manifold, including pneumonia, rheumatic causes, trauma, and rarely tumors.

A rare condition that causes pain when breathing at the ribs is the Tietze syndrome . The cause is not known exactly. It comes to breath-dependent pain of the ribs on the sternum.

Pain When Breathing Left side

Breathing pain may be left unilaterally. In principle, all the above-described processes and diseases can be the cause for this. These include pneumonia with involvement of the lung, a collapsed lung to the left, a blow to or a fall to the left thorax, or a pulmonary embolism. These things can theoretically occur anywhere on the chest, so on the left.

Special causes of pain when breathing left go from the left-lying organs. With deep inhalation, damaged abdominal organs can be irritated. A gastric inflammation or gastric ulcer can thus cause pain when breathing left.
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On the left side of the abdomen is the spleen. This organ rarely causes pain. An enlarged spleen may possibly lead to pain when breathing left.

The most important organ on the left side of the ribcage is the heart . An oxygen deficiency through narrow coronary vessels leads to severe pain in the front left chest. In the worst case, there is a heart attack that can be associated with severe pain, sweating and unconsciousness.

However, heart pain is not necessarily associated with breathing. It is more likely that a ribbed nerve has been irritated by an unusual or incorrect movement or that the muscles have become overloaded.

Pain When Breathing right side

As on the left side, chest pain has to be primarily caused by a cause of the lungs, ribs or muscles as well as nerves. There are, however, some special reasons for breathing pain right.

The liver and gall bladder lie to the right below the costal arch in close relation to the lungs and diaphragm . Diseases of these organs may be accompanied by pain in breathing, as the movements of the diaphragm exert pressure or tension on these structures. Thus, an  inflamed gallbladder may be responsible for the discomfort. Even a tense liver, for example in the context of infectious diseases, can lead to pain right in the area of ​​the costal arch during breathing.

Gallstones, which lead to spasmodic, swelling and declining pain on the right, can also be the cause of breathing pain in rare cases. Most of the time you start from a cause in the abdomen, if at the same time there is nausea or abdominal pain . Therefore, one should assume a cause in the abdominal area with pain during breathing with the mentioned concomitant symptoms.

Pain When Breathing bilateral pain

If the pain of breathing occurs bilaterally , a disease of the lungs and their accompanying structures is very likely. Nerves, traumas or other organs are usually associated with one-sided pain.

Breathing pain that is bilateral may be due to severe pneumonia in both lungs with involvement of the lung pelvis. Inflamed lung skin rubs along the lungs and chest during respiration causing pain. Also, rheumatic diseases are more likely to be bilateral.

Overloaded muscles after extensive exercise would also be more likely to cause both sides painful breathing. Accurate assessment of persistent symptoms is important to identify serious causes.

What role does the heart play in breathing pain?

The heart is slightly offset to the left in the chest below the chest. Pain caused by the heart therefore occurs on the left behind the breastbone and typically pulls into the left arm and partially into the jaw. They can be interpreted as pain during breathing.

In addition, pain that is more pronounced during breathing and weaker at rest may be an indication of inflammation of the pericardium.

The cause may be a temporary lack of supply of the heart with blood. When loaded, this causes pain when breathing through the heart ( angina pectoris ). If the pain occurs acutely and with nausea and shortness of breath, a heart attack must be considered. An ambulance must be alerted immediately.

Pain when breathing during pregnancy

During pregnancy, the woman’s body has to adapt to many things. It does not always succeed completely. This can lead to pain in breathing during pregnancy. All causes that cause breathing pain in other people, of course, are conceivable in pregnancy.

Special reasons for the complaints, however, are due to the fact that the child takes a lot of space  in the mother’s stomach as pregnancy progresses . For example, pain during breathing during pregnancy is usually observed only from the last third (third trimester ). The unborn child increases the pressure in the abdomen, against which the diaphragm must work. This alone can cause pain.

In addition, the child may press against the lungs or accompanying structures from below. The pain of breathing is dependent on the position of the pregnancy . They are the worst in the supine position and improve when standing or leaning over the upper body. The complaints are usually harmless . However, should the pain increase or symptoms be added, such as shortness of breath, pain in the back, or nausea , medical advice should be sought for safety .

Shortness of breath and pain when breathing

Breathing pain with shortness of breath is an indication of a more serious cause . They can be dangerous diseases that need to be treated quickly.

Pain with respiratory distress can occur in a collapsed lung , a pulmonary embolism and a heart attack . A collapsed lung is safely treated by inserting a suction drainage into the thorax. Pulmonary embolism and heart attack require rapid action. Breathing pain with respiratory distress can also occur with pneumonia.

The fact that the pain occurs with respiratory distress suggests a heavier event. One should not wait, but go directly to a doctor or to the hospital  .

Pain When Breathing therapy

The treatment of pain when breathing naturally depends on the cause. It is important to recognize in the beginning whether a harmless or serious illness leads to the pain.

Discomforts from nerves or muscles are treated conservatively. Here it is often enough to relieve tension through moderate exercise and specific exercises . Supportive massage and the application of heat can complement the treatment. In case of pneumonia , antibiotic therapy must be initiated. It should only be done in mild cases at home.

If the pain goes from the gallbladder , surgery may be necessary. This will remove the gallbladder. A gastric ulcer is treated with a long-term drug therapy that inhibits acid production in the stomach.

A pulmonary embolism and a heart attack are absolute emergencies . You need to be treated in the hospital as soon as possible . Here the clogged vessels can be reopened. In addition, intensive care measures are usually added to promote healing and prevent recurrence.

If a rheumatic illness is the cause of the pain during breathing, in addition to painkillers a complex drug treatment is used. This should also be set by the specialist.

Pain When Breathing Breasts

Breathing pain can be felt in the chest, among other things. Cause can also be different things here. On the one hand, there are all things that can cause breathing pain elsewhere.

Thus, inflammation of the lungs or surrounding structures can be felt in the chest. Similarly, a collapsed lung , heart problem or trauma must be considered. Especially in the chest, pain may occur as part of cardiac arrhythmia . Nevertheless, the most frequent cause of pain when breathing in the chest are nervous or muscular tensions .

Another more common cause of pain in breathing is shingles . Here is a pain over a whole horizontal area of ​​skin, which is accompanied by visible blisters on the skin .

In women, chest pain can have quite different causes of breathing. This can lead to monthly tension and chest pain as part of the female cycle . These can also be breath-dependent.

Pain When Breathing In The Throat

In the neck are important sections of the airways. The throat passes into the larynx and trachea here. All of these structures can cause pain when breathing.

In most cases, an inflammatory process is responsible for pain when breathing in the throat. Above all, the classic is sore throat (pharyngitis) to name who with flushed throat and painful swallowing associated. Both bacteria (for example, scarlet fever) and viruses (for example, the common cold) may be responsible.

Also, inflammation of the larynx ( laryngitis ) can cause pain when breathing in the neck. Often both diseases merge. Bacteria use antibiotics . If viruses are responsible for the symptoms, they must be treated symptomatically with painkillers, warm tea and bed rest .

In addition to bacterial or viral agents, environmental stimuli can also lead to inflammation of the respiratory mucosa. For example, excessive nicotine consumption or damaging exhaust gases can cause pain in breathing in the throat. As a rule, pain in breathing in the throat can be treated well depending on the cause. After a few days, the symptoms should disappear again. If this is not the case, a doctor should be consulted for further clarification.

Pain When Breathing Painful trachea

Furthermore, below the larynx there may also be pain during breathing in the trachea. Mostly a viral infection of the tracheitis ( tracheitis) , so it comes with every breath to pain. Not infrequently occurs a tracheitis with inflammation of the bronchi , so the airways within the lungs on. Overall, it is a harmless disease.

Also smoking can cause pain when breathing in the trachea. As a rule, no special treatment is required. Light painkillers and no smoking support the healing that should occur within a week.

Pain When Breathing coughing

Pain can occur not only when breathing , but also when coughing . Pain when coughing is due to irritation of the mucous membranes of the trachea, larynx and throat. Above all, they are perceived in the back of the throat and neck. Even with an inflammation of the lung skin , it can cause pain when coughing in the flanks.

If the cough lasts longer and bloody sputum occurs, a lung tumor must be considered. Although this is a rather rare cause of painful cough, it still needs to be ruled out by a doctorif needed .

Pain When Breathing Pain in the abdomen

In some cases, the pain of breathing in the stomach is perceived . This is because the diaphragm exerts pressure on the organs in the abdomen when inhaling . If one of these organs is damaged, pain may be felt while breathing in the abdomen. The most likely cause is an inflamed gallbladder . Here breathing pain would be felt on the right side in the abdomen .

If the stomach is responsible, the pain is centered or left . Pains in breathing in the abdomen, however, can also simply be caused by the fact that intestinal loops filled with air or food are compressed and thus irritated.

Pain when breathing in the chest

Breathing pain is usually felt in the chest. Responsible for the complaints may be the lungs, the heart, the lung skin or the bones. Along the ribs run nerves and muscles , which can also lead to pain during breathing in the chest. Typical is a pain in the chest after a trauma that causes a bruise . Dangerous causes of chest pain during breathing are heart attack and pulmonary embolism . Are the complaints easy, can wait. For severe symptoms and additional symptoms, a doctor must be consulted.

Pain When Breathing in the sternum

Breathing pain can also occur on the sternum. Typical of this is the rare Tietze syndrome . Here, for unknown reasons, the attachment of the ribs to the sternum hurts .

Also, relatively rarely, rheumatic disease can be the cause of chest pain breathing. Chest pain is more likely to be soreness of the intercostal muscles or a blow to the front of the chest.

Another cause of chest pain breathing may be heartburn . Gastric acid, which rises into the esophagus, causes a burning pain behind the sternum. This may manifest as pain when breathing.

Pain when breathing in the context of a cold

A cold or  bronchitis is a viral infection of the mucous membranes. The irritation of the mucous membranes and the accompanying cough causes pain.

However, pain when breathing with a cold can also be an indication that bacterial inflammation has also been added to the common cold or bronchitis. This pain comes from the involvement of the lung and lung. Then the use of antibiotics is indicated.

However, mild pain when breathing in the upper respiratory tract in bronchitis and common cold is normal .

How long does it take to breathe?

In most cases, the prognosis of simple pains in breathing is very good. The main cause here is nerves or muscles that are good to treat. The duration of the pain is at most a few days . Even with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, the prognosis is good . The duration of the symptoms, however, persists until definitive treatment.

A significantly worse prognosis has pain when breathing, if the cause comes from the heart or a pulmonary embolism behind it. Here, the prognosis can only be improved by quick and targeted action. After the therapy, the pain during breathing is usually gone.

Pain When Breathing Diagnosis

Due to the variety of possible causes, the diagnosis of respiratory pain includes many factors. An extensive survey clarifies the extent of the symptoms, how acute they occurred and whether fever or violence is present. A look in the neck gives indications of inflamed mucous membranes.

To further examine the lungs , they must be monitored and, if necessary, X-rayed . To exclude cardiac involvement, certain laboratory values and an electrocardiogram ( ECG ) are required. An orthopedic examination can diagnose nerve entrapment. For further ambiguity, examinations such as computed tomography ( CT ) may be useful.

Accompanying symptoms of pain when breathing

There may be other concomitant symptoms with breathing pain. They can be trendsetting in the search for causes.

An important symptom of pain when breathing is a possibly existing respiratory or respiratory distress . It indicates that the cause of the discomfort is the lungs or the heart. Chest inflammation and fever can occur as a result of chest inflammation .

In addition, other accompanying symptoms include nausea and vomiting . If such symptoms occur in parallel with pain during breathing, you should focus on the diagnosis of the gastrointestinal tract. It is important to know that nausea and vomiting can also be signs of a heart attack. If the cause of the pain is very severe, concomitant symptoms such as dizziness or loss of consciousness may appear.

A common cause of pain in breathing is a pinched nerve or an irritated muscle. Here, in addition to the pain, there may be tingling or numbness on the chest . In addition, there is an increase in pain when pressure on the affected area or certain movements.

Pain When Breathing
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