Chest Pain When Cold And Cough?
Good afternoon, I want to ask 4 days already I have the flu u0026amp; I cough but I feel something strange because my chest hurts when I breathe the pain is more pronounced on the right side of my chest and a fast heartbeat plus on the 2nd day my neck hurts and hurts to turn right, left and down. The pain starts to appear in the afternoon around 3:00 p.m. starting with pain when looking to the right and then a few hours later continuing to the left and down. The pain is centered in the upper neck behind the lower ear lobe. What should I do? thank you
Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com. I am dr. Princess Claudya will help answer your questions.
Flu is an inflammation of the upper airway due to influenza virus infection. Symptoms of flu include fever, runny nose, cough, sore throat, weakness, muscle aches and joints.
In influenza, when the sputum is produced a lot, is sticky, and thick, which makes it difficult for the coughing mechanism to expel the phlegm, then the cough can be very heavy, in this case it is frequent and deep. This can cause excess pressure on the airways, leading to pain, which will be felt in the chest area. In addition, in a severe cough like this, the muscles in the chest wall will work more to help expel phlegm so that it can also trigger pain.
In your condition, it is possible that the chest pain you feel is indeed triggered by the flu you are experiencing.
However, apart from the effects of coughing on the flu, chest pain can also be caused by:
Gastric acid that rises back into the esophagus (GERD). The main symptom of this is chest pain, such as burning, can be accompanied by heartburn, nausea, vomiting
Heart artery blockage
Heart attack due to heart electrical problems
Pulmonary blood vessel blockage
Tear of a blood vessel in the chest area (aortic dissection)
Post chest injury
To ascertain the cause, you should check with a general practitioner first for a direct physical examination. If necessary, the doctor will perform investigations or refer you to an internal medicine specialist or cardiologist for further tracking. And after that you will be given treatment according to the underlying cause
Things you can do to improve the condition and prevent worsening are:
Enough water consumption, which is 2 liters per day
Control high blood pressure, sugar, or high cholesterol if any
Regular exercise about 3-4 times per week
Avoid smoking, alcohol, high caffeinated drinks, foods that contain saturated fats
Avoid eating spicy and sour
Avoid sleeping immediately after eating. We recommend that you give a break of about 2-3 hours
That is the explanation from me. Hope it helps and useful :)
dr. Princess Claudya