Chest Wall Pain

Pain in the chest is always alarming and raises the fear of heart disease in a person. And because a chest pain may usually mean angina or some other kind of heart problem, it is always beneficial to get it checked out. Chest pain is one of the most common complaints that can bring a patient to the emergency department. Seeking immediate care at appropriate time is the best measure one can take in order to avoid any cases of a heart attack.

The main causes that may lead to chest wall pain include:


Bone fractures including the ribs, the muscles and the skin. Strained chest muscles from overuse or excessive coughing can also cause chest pain.

Nerve damage including the spine, nerves and back muscles.

Chest Muscle bruising from minor injury,

The lung, the pleura (the lining of the lung) or the trachea

The heart including the pericardium (that is the sac that surrounds the heart)

The Diaphragm, the flat muscles that separate the chest and abdominal cavities

The Digestive tract, such as esophageal reflux, peptic ulcer pain or gallbladder pain that is very similar to heart attack symptoms.

Chest pain leading to a heart attack

The reason of heart attack is the blockade of an artery that supplies oxygen to the heart muscle. Heart attack may cause chest pain that lasts 15 minutes or longer, or sometimes there are no signs of symptoms that may give any clue of a heart attack.

Many people experience a heart attack without warning signs. However some do feel these symptoms days, hours or weeks in advance. The earliest sign of a heart attack is feeling pain when you are fully active and feeling relieved when you rest.

People having heart attack may experience none, any or all of the following:

  • Feeling somewhat uncomfortable pressure, heaviness or squeezing pain in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes.
  • This pain and uneasiness spreading towards shoulders, neck, jaw or arms.
  • Having a feeling of lightheadedness, nausea, fainting, sweating or shortness of breath.

For more information regarding Chest Wall Pain and how it should be treated, feel free to call our office at 815-464-7212.