Anyone who's ever had an asthma attack knows about the chest tightness and why it occurs. Yet what about the chest soreness that occurs the next day? Why does asthma causes chest pain?
The interesting thing to note here is there are no pain receptors in your lungs!!! The reason asthma causes pain is because asthma causes you to breathe the wrong way.
Confused? Allow me to explain with a pithy lesson on how we breathe. (To learn why we breathe click here )
Breathing is the process of moving air into and out of the lungs. Breathing is one of the few bodily functions that can be done either consciously (you control it) or unconsciously (without thinking of it). Unconscious breathing : Most of the time you don't think about breathing, yet you continue to do it. This is an important safety net for life, because if we had to think about breathing 24-7 we'd accomplish little and most life would cease to exist. Air goes into your...
Chest pain is one of the scariest symptoms a person can have because the first thing we usually think of is a heart attack. Of course, any new chest pain should be considered a medical emergency and checked out right away. But once a heart problem has been ruled out, one of the possibilities your doctor may consider is costochondritis. Costochondritis ((kos-toe-KHON-dri-tis) is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone (sternum). It is one of the most common cause of musculoskeletal chest pain. Symptoms: The two main symptoms of costochondritis are pain and tenderness in the chest wall, specifically where the ribs attach to the breastbone.
Pain – The pain of costochondritis is usually described as sharp and/or stabbing, but may also be dull, burning or gnawing. Often the pain gets worse when coughing or taking a deep breath. There may also be some difficulty breathing. The location of the pain can be on either...
One of the silver linings to the fact that asthma has now reached epidemic proportions worldwide is that a lot of money is poured into research on asthma, its causes and its treatments. So, there are always new study reports being released. And as a result, treatment is moving forward at a steady pace. It's my dream that a cure for asthma will eventually be found. But we're not quite there yet.
Still, lots of encouraging work IS being done. So, let's take a look at some of the latest research:
The TRPA1 Protein Could Hold the Key to Preventing Asthma FlareUps
TRPA1 is a substance called an ion channel protein. It has previously been found in mice that TRPA1 controls sensitivity for irritants such as cigarette smoke and certain other chemicals that can trigger asthma. It has been found in airway nerve cells. And it is known to control pain and irritation and trigger coughing and sneezing.
The latest research found that mice who lacked the gene for TRPA1 had ...
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