Chest and Abdominal Pain


When you get a sudden chest or abdominal pain, the first thing your mind think is a heart attack. If you are having chest pain, you do not want to ignore it. But before automatically assuming your chest and abdominal pain is a heart attack, know that there are many other possible causes. Over 25 of the U.S. population has reports some sort of chest pain that is not related to the heart.

Pains in your chest could be related to issues with many different areas of your body including lungs, muscle, ribs, and nerves.

Your chest and abdominal pain can have different variants of pain. Some people have a sharp, stabbing pain. Others have a dull, burning, aching, or a tight sensation. If you are having any doubt about the type of chest and abdominal pain that you are experiencing, call a doctor.

If your chest pain includes any of these, please call 911 immediately.

  • Chest pain that spreads to your jaw, left arm, or back
  • A sudden feeling of pressure, squeezing, tightness, or crushing under your breastbone
  • Nausea, dizziness, rapid heart rate or rapid breathing, confusion, ashen color, or excessive sweating
  • Very low blood pressure or very low heart rate
  • Sudden sharp chest pain with shortness of breath, especially after a long period of inactivity

When you are having abdominal pain, it is often hard to find what is causing it. Many different factors including the severity of pain, its location, and other symptoms could help us figure out what is causing the pain.

There are two different types of pain that you can have in your abdomen. The first type of pain is a generalized pain, which can happen with many different illnesses. This type of pain is known to go away without any medical treatment. The second type of abdomen pain is a localized pain. This is when you only have pain in one part of the abdomen. These pains normally happen suddenly and get worse over time.