Do You Have A Sharp Pain In Your Chest?



Pain is the body’s way of saying that something is not right, and that something needs to be done to relieve the specific body part off that pain. Sharp pain in chest is one of the serious pains people experience, and which should not be ignored by a person unless a medical practitioner rules out its fatality.

Chest pain can be caused by several factors, and can be described as any dull, sharp or pressing pain that occurs on the upper left body; from the upper stomach to neck muscles.

Various types of pain/ discomfort

Not all human beings experience the same type or intensity of pain on the upper body. Some people feel a piercing pain that seems to pierce from just above the diaphragm, into the heart and out through the back.

Other people experience a chest tightening motion or a feeling of pressure that seems to inhibit the heart’s pumping or constricts air flow. Still, some people experience a dull and or numbing sensation that seems to numb the left arm and left muscles of the neck while pressing the back and ribs together.

What to do when you experience left chest pain

Pain or discomfort on the left chest side can be caused by various factors, but that does not mean that people should self-diagnose or ignore the symptoms. Pain and or discomfort of any type should be reported to a qualified medical practitioner as soon as possible so that proper diagnosis can be done.

Timely diagnosis can trigger the appropriate course of action to save a person’s life and prevent further pain/ health complications. The recommended solution (diet change, reduced drugs intake, exercise, medication, minor/ major surgery and sufficient rest among other actions) should be taken seriously by the patients to eliminate the chest pains, and prevent their re-occurrence.

Common causes of chest/ heart pain

Heart problems

Sharp pain in heart is a key characteristic of a troubled heart. Of course, it is not the only indication of a malfunctioning heart; a numbing pain, very high or low pulse, a left arm and neck numbing feeling, are common discomforts/ pain people with a faulty heart experience.

People should understand that as much as most films characterize heart problems with sudden and piercing pain, it is not always the case. In the case of angina, constricted heart vessels, for instance, mild pain and dizziness that goes away once a person rests characterize chest discomfort.

A destroyed heart muscle, on the other hand, does not stop the heart pain even after rest, and if the victim does not get medical attention fast, a heart attack occurs and may even result in the death of the person.

Respiratory and digestive problems

Sharp pain when breathing is a symptom that one or several of the respiratory parts (lungs, trachea, the sac surrounding the lungs) is inflamed or pressed/ pricked by other organs/ bones.

Smokers and other drug users may experience chest pains, courtesy of inflamed respiratory system, just as people suffering from illnesses that get their lungs or trachea inflamed. Breathing might become labored if the left lung is inflamed, and treatment should be sought.

A pierced lung may also be culprit for excessive pain especially when breathing. It is also not uncommon for people with digestive problems to experience burning chest pains.

Muscle, nerves and bone problems

Illnesses that affect the nervous system, muscles and or bones can cause people to experience pain on their left, as well as any other, parts of their bodies. Poor sitting, sleeping or body straining positions that put strain on the left upper parts of the body can cause muscle pain, as well as pain from impinged nerves.

Broken bones, from prior accidents and body trauma can also result in left body pain, and although it may not seem important, patients should get medical check-up to ensure internal organs are not injured or compromised by external injured organs.


If your husband or a person you know complains of pain on the left side of his/ her chest or heart, convince them to seek medical attention. It may turn out to be a case of poor sitting or sleeping positions, which can be corrected easily, but may also turn out to be serious or even fatal problems, such as those of a failing heart or lungs.

Urgent medical attention should be sought regardless of the intensity of the chest/ heart pain and the recommended course of action should be followed.

If you think you are experiencing a sharp pain in your chest, it is best to discover what a qualified doctor has to say on the subject matter. In this video you will discover what chest pain symptoms are.