Chest Pain

Fibromyalgia
Common syndrome where the person has whole body pain with “tender points” of pain in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.  The cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown, but often mimics other chronic pain problems.  Triggers for Fibromyalgia may include emotional or physical trauma, infections, activity, weather, anxiety, or stress.

Intractable Angina
Patients with a history of heart disease may experience chronic chest pain even if they follow their medication plan.  Advanced coronary disease often produces reduced blood flow to the heart and nerves which causes pain in the chest.  This often reduces the ability to perform normal activities.

Muscle Pain
Muscle pain, aches, spasms, or tightness may result from damage to the muscles or nearby soft tissue.  Pain may be perceived at a location other than the original stimulus (referred pain).

Postherpetic Neuralgia
Persistant pain after an outbreak of shingles due to nerve damage. Symptoms can range from mild to severe depending on the damage. Sensitivity to touch and temperature are common, and the pain is described as aching, burning, stabbing, or even shock-like. A rash may sometimes be seen.

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