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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...
Muscle pain happens to most people. After a rigorous workout, muscles can be sore for days. That’s normal muscle pain. Abnormal muscle pain is a persistent pain that does not go away with rest. The pain is deep and often unbearable. Further investigation is needed for abnormal muscle pain.
The first investigation step is laboratory tests. Pain does not accompany all muscle diseases, but an elevated creatine phosphokinase (CPK) usually does. The CPK enzyme is found in the skeletal muscles as well as the heart and brain. Non-painful causes of an elevated CPK include muscular dystrophy, dementia and motor neuron diseases. Painful conditions associated with an elevated CPK include sickle cell disease and polymyositis . Besides pain, other symptoms might provide diagnostic clues like muscle weakness which typical in polymyositis. If anemia is present, then sickle cell disease is more likely. Both polymyositis and sickle cell disease can lead to the most severe form of muscle di...
Knee pain is well known to many athletes. It is also a common complaint in the general population. Pain with stair climbing, sitting too long, squatting, and kneeling is a sign of patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). This problem occurs when the kneecap (patella) doesn't slide up and down properly as the knee is straightened and bent. The thigh muscle, called the quadriceps , moves the patella. This muscle is divided into four parts. Two of these, the vastus medialis obliquus and vastus lateralis, are the focus of many studies. The vastus medialis obliquus (VMO) is the section of muscle on the inside of the front of the thigh. The vastus lateralis (VL) is along the outer front thigh. For many years, it was assumed that strengthening the VMO portion of the muscle would help PFPS. Yet some research showed this wasn't true. Since then, many researchers have been studying the VMO in relation to knee problems. They are trying to find out when and how this muscle works. This may offer some hel...
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