Incidences of Chest Pain with Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs and bronchioles which often makes it difficult for patients to breathe properly. The disease is caused by infections; which can be viral or bacterial infections. Some of the symptoms of Pneumonia include persistent coughing, flu and shortness of breath. It is also common for patients to get chest pains with Pneumonia.

Chest pain is one of the most dangerous and difficult symptoms to diagnose. Chest pain can be a result of anything in the chest area: the heart, lungs, skin and muscles among others. All these organs are so sensitive and potentially life threatening. A number of illnesses have been associated with chest pain and some of them include heart attack, Aortic desertion, Angina, Pulmonary embolism, spontaneous Pneumothotax and Pneumonia, among others. Therefore, when experiencing pain in the chest, it is advisable that patients should go and see the doctor immediately, for proper diagnosis.

Once infected with Pneumonia, the air sacs in the lungs become blocked by blood; thus making transportation of oxygenated blood to the rest of the body difficult. This is because; the space that is supposed to be occupied by oxygen is occupied by blood. The blood in turn makes the lungs thick and stiff; which results into shortness of breath. In addition, it has been stated that chest pains with Pneumonia are common, because of the infection in the lungs. The lungs contain pain fibers on their surface; therefore, upon the lungs becoming stiff, chest pains are bound to occur. Chest pains with Pneumonia or pleurisy usually occur when taking in a deep breath; they are usually sharp and very painful.

In addition, chest pains with Pneumonia may also occur as a result of the persistent coughing which is one of symptoms of Pneumonia. The coughing is a reflex action; which is the body’s way of trying to clear the lungs of fluid. However, since the lungs are already stiff, coughing will often result in some pain in the chest.

Chest pain and Pneumonia can also occur as a result of another symptom of Pneumonia; which is vomiting. When vomiting, the body usually has spasms that are rapid and sudden. This sudden shaken especially around the chest will give the patient a sudden painful feeling. The pain will be as a result of the quick breath that is taken in before the patient throws up. This breath will shake up the stiff lung and thus cause chest pain with Pneumonia.

Young children with Pneumonia will not often present chest pain symptoms! They will, however, have chills, fever, flu and some cough all of which point to chest infections and pain.

It is therefore important to note that, given the fact that chest pain could be a result of a variety of dangerous illnesses. Patients that experience the chest pain should seek immediate medical help to prevent further complications. It is however common for chest pain and Pneumonia to occur because of the many symptoms and side effects of Pneumonia like shortness of breath, coughing and vomiting. However, the only way that patients can tell the source of their pain is by proper medical diagnosis.

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