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 ...
If you have asthma, chances are you have exercise induced asthma (EIA). I was actually a bit shocked as I read this post and learned that of the 18 million Americans with asthma, 80-90 percent have EIA.
What I also found stunning was that this article from the New York Times noted half of all cross country skiers, and 17 percent of Olympic-level distance runners, have been diagnosed with EIA. Likewise, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology ( AAAAI.org ), 23 percent of all olympians have EIA.
I have EIA, and chances are you do too if you've ever experienced the following symptoms during or 5-15 minutes after exercise:
Shortness of breath
Chest pain (rarely)
cough (perhaps due to increased mucus production)
When these symptoms occur they can be treated with your rescue inhaler (like Albuterol ) and rest. Although, witih proper diagnosis and treatment, thes...
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