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What are the Causes of Chest Wall Pain?

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  • Written By: K. Gierok
  • Edited By: John Allen
  • Last Modified Date: 03 October 2018
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Though some chest wall pain can be caused by a heart attack, other causes are actually less serious. In many cases, it can be caused simply by a muscle strain or injury to the chest. Certain infections, such as influenza and pneumonia can also lead to the condition. Occasionally, chest wall pain is also caused by fibromyalgia. Those who experience pain in the chest wall should usually seek medical assistance as soon as possible in order to ensure the best treatment and recovery.

Chest wall pain is most often caused by a strain or injury to the chest. High levels of aerobic or resistance training may lead to a chest strain or injury, along with falls or hits to the chest. In most cases, individuals who suffer this type of injury are encouraged to seek medical assistance as soon as possible, though pain associated with these conditions can usually be treated quite easily.

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Another of the most common causes of pain in the chest wall is a heart attack. Other conditions associated with a weakened immune system, such as various cardiac arrhythmias, can also lead to pain in the chest wall. Those who have been diagnosed with heart disease in the past, have been told they may be at risk for the development of the condition, or who have a family history of heart disease should seek medical assistance immediately if they experience chest wall pain. In most cases, those who receive the most rapid treatment have the best results when it comes to treatment of the condition.

Certain infections can also lead to the development of pain in the chest wall. In most cases, illness associated with the upper respiratory system, such as influenza, pneumonia, and other similar conditions, is to blame for pain in this area. Typically, once the primary infection has been successfully treated, the pain or tenderness in the chest wall is rapidly alleviated. Those who are elderly or who have a weakened immune system are most susceptible for the development of pain in the chest wall associated with upper respiratory infections.

Occasionally, chest wall pain can be caused by fibromyalgia. Typically, those with fibromyalgia will experience pain or tenderness in one specific area of the chest wall. Rest, heat, and pain killers often alleviate this pain.

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