How To Recognize
Chest Pain Stress
Chest pain stress can be caused by a lot of responsibilities and
worries, which causes your emergency stress response to be "on" most of
the time. The more your body’s stress system is activated, the easier it is to trip and the harder it is to shut off.
Long-term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems.
Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body such as your heart. To find out more, read what causes stress.
Chest Pain Stress
Why These Problems Can
Cause Chest Pain Stress
- Heartburn. Stomach acid that washes up from your stomach
into the tube (esophagus) from your throat to your stomach can
cause heartburn - is a painful, burning sensation behind your
breastbone causing chest pain stress.
- Esophageal spasm. Disorders of the
esophagus, the tube that runs from your throat to your stomach, can make
swallowing difficult and even painful.
- Hiatal hernia. In this condition, part of
the stomach slides up above the diaphragm into the chest
causing chest pressure or pain, after eating, as well as
- Achalasia (ak-uh-LA-zhuh). In this
swallowing disorder, the valve in the lower esophagus doesn't open
properly to allow food to enter your stomach causing chest pain stress.
- Gallbladder or pancreas problems.
Gallstones or inflammation of your gallbladder or
pancreas can cause acute abdominal pain that radiates to your chest.
- Costochondritis. In this condition — also
known as Tietze syndrome — the cartilage of your rib cage, particularly
the cartilage that joins your ribs to your breastbone, becomes
inflamed. The result is chest pain.
- Sore muscles. Chronic pain syndromes, such as fibromyalgia, can produce persistent muscle-related chest pain.
- Injured ribs or pinched nerves. A bruised or broken rib, as well as a pinched nerve, can cause chest pain.
- Pulmonary embolism. This cause of chest
pain occurs when a blood clot becomes lodged in a lung (pulmonary)
artery, blocking blood flow to lung tissue. It's rare for this
life-threatening condition to occur.
- Pleurisy. This sharp, localized chest
pain that's made worse when you inhale or cough occurs when the membrane
that lines your chest cavity and covers your lungs becomes inflamed.
Pleurisy may result from many conditions,
- Other lung conditions. A collapsed lung, high blood pressure in the arteries carrying blood to
the lungs (pulmonary hypertension) and asthma also can produce chest
Try Using An Age-Old Remedy For Chest Pain
The late, famed herbalist Dr. John Christopher was nicknamed "Dr.
Cayenne" because he recommended the healing powers of cayenne, the
substance found in chili peppers that produces a sensation of heat.
He advocated using it for cardiovascular health and even made the
claim that doses of cayenne could stop heart attacks in progress.
Why not give cayenne pepper a try!
See Natural News.
To date, researches have proof that cayenne does have a
remarkable ability to help the heart. University of Cincinnati (UC)
scientists have found that capsaicin, the main component of cayenne, may
literally stop a heart attack in its tracks when applied topically.
If you are having chest pain stress, there could be many factors
causing the chest pain aside from having a heart attack, in which case
you need to get yourself to a hospital immediately.
More Problems That Cause Chest Pain Stress
- Panic attacks. If you experience periods of intense fear
accompanied by chest pain, rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing
(hyperventilation), profuse sweating and shortness of breath, you may be
experiencing a panic attack — a form of anxiety.
Read how stress and anxiety affects your health.
- Shingles This infection of the nerves caused by the chickenpox virus can produce pain and a band of blisters from your back around to your chest wall.
- Cancer Rarely, cancer involving the chest or cancer that has spread from another part of the body can cause chest pain.
It's time to give yourself a break, to start taking care of yourself and to simplify your life.
Suggested Stress Relievers For Chest Pain Stress
- Get Physical - Any form of exercise and physical activity
can act as a chest pain stress reliever, even if you're out of shape. Physical activity pumps up
your feel-good endorphins and refocuses your mind on your body's
movements, improving your mood.
Consider walking, jogging, gardening, house cleaning, biking,
swimming, weightlifting or anything else that you enjoy and gets you
- Try Meditation - Practice meditation where
you focus your attention and release the stream of jumbled thoughts
that crowd your mind causing stress. Meditation instills a sense of
calm, peace and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and
your overall health. Imagery, visualization and other
forms of meditation can be practiced anywhere such as your office.
- Laugh As Much As Possible - A good sense of humor
can't cure all ailments, but it can help you feel better.
Laughter fires up and then cools down your stress response and
increases your heart rate and blood pressure, producing a good, relaxed
feeling. So watch a comedy or hang out with your funny friends
- Social Contact - Focus on building a strong support network.
When you're stressed and irritable reach out to family and
friends and make social connections, even if you don’t feel like it.
Social contact is a good stress reliever because it can distract you, and
So take a coffee break with a friend.
- Assert Yourself - Learn to say no to some tasks or delegate them.
Saying yes may seem like an easy way to keep the peace,
prevent conflicts and get the job done right. But it may actually cause
you internal conflict because your needs and those of your family come
second, which can lead to stress, anger, resentment and even revenge.
- Learn New Activities - Make time for your passions and explore new ones.
Try yoga which is a popular stress reliever with its series
of controlled-breathing exercises. It helps to achieve peacefulness of
body and mind, helping you relax and manage stress and anxiety. Hatha
yoga, in particular, is a good chest pain stress reliever because of its
slower pace and easier movements.
- A Good Night's Sleep- Stress often robs you of sleep.
You are doing and thinking too much and your sleep suffers.
But sleep is the time when your brain and body recharge. The quality
and amount of sleep affects your mood, energy level,
concentration and overall functioning. Keep a quiet,
relaxing bedtime routine, listen to soothing music, put clocks away, and
stick to a consistent schedule.
Writing Your Thoughts and Feelings
- Keep An Appreciation Journal - Writing your thoughts and feelings can be a good release for pent-up emotions but taking stock of all the good things in our lives helps us to regain perspective.
Don't think about what to write, just let it happen. Write
whatever comes to mind. Once
you're done, you can burn it or save it to reflect on later.
- Get Musical - Listening to or playing music
is a good chest pain stress reliever because it provides a mental
distraction, reduces muscle tension and decreases stress hormones. Or, try a hobby you enjoy, such
as gardening, sewing, sketching, something that requires you to focus on
what you're doing rather than thinking.
- Seek Counseling - Try professional therapy or counseling
if too much stress is challenging your ability to cope and self-care
stress relievers just aren't relieving your chest pain stress.
Therapy may be a good idea, if you worry excessively, or if you have trouble
carrying out daily routines or meeting responsibilities at work, home
or school. You will learn new coping tools.
- Take Natural Herbs from Pure Herbs to help you relax and relieve stress such as Skullcap which also works as a sleeping aid. Read herbs for stress for more information about herbs.
If you have chronic stress and anxiety problems, book a session with me at online counseling.
Reference for this page at Mayo Clinic Stress Management.
Links related to chest pain stress available in the 3rd column to the right
- main causes of stress
- herbs for stress
- herbs that lower blood pressure
- how stress affects your health
- how to handle stress
- physical symptoms of stress
- ways to manage stress
- what causes stress
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