Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

What can be the different causes of chest pain?

Introduction

Whenever a Chest Pain happens, the first thought that comes to every body’s mind is a heart attack, as it can prove fatal for you. I know never ever ignore it, but many things are culpable for causing it. In majority cases, there is nothing to do with the heart, but by a problem in your tightened lungs, esophagus, ribs, and muscles or due to nerves getting disturbed.No doubt, a few conditions can be serious and threatening, while the others vanish within a few minutes. The only risk is that you don’t see a doctor for these minor pains. But if the pain doesn’t relieve  and keeps lingering, you better pay a visit to your doctor.

What Are The Symptoms of Chest Pain

You might feel the pain in your neck to your upper abdomen, it all depends on the pain’s severity. It could be:

  • Sharp
  • Dull
  • Aching
  • Stabbing
  • Burning
  • A tight squeeze or crushing sensation

A chest pain can make you uncomfortable or it can also be threatening. Its symptoms can last from a few seconds to days or weeks. Chest pain does accompany some complex medical conditions like heartburn, anxiety, angina or it might be a heart attack, and it gets more important for a visit to the doctor who evaluates it in a better way.

Besides pain varies in severity and duration, the location of chest pain varies from person to person. Like when someone complains about chest pain, it could be due to the ulcer, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or it could be due to a slipped disc.

Pain might begin in the chest and can gradually move (radiate) to some other part of the body. Like in angina the patients often complain about feeling pressure or constriction in their chests, which most of them explain as an elephant is riding on their chest or that they are wearing very tight clothes. Such a pain begins in the chest and radiates to their shoulders, arms, neck or lower jaw.

What Are The Symptoms of Chest Pain

No doubt chest pain is uncomfortable,  and a person does feel some symptoms like

  • Trouble in breathing normally
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations
  • Malaise
  • Weakness
  • Feeling fatigued

What Are The Causes of Chest Pain

What Are The Causes of Chest Pain

Causes:  There can be many reasons why the pain begins in the chest. But both doctors and patients check the heart initially. Blood gets clotted in the arteries that hinder the smooth flow of blood to the heart. Most of the heart attacks happen due to clotting of blood in the blood vessels or they get torn. Most of the time a heart attack occurs due to blood vessel spasm.

Certain symptoms of a heart attack can be

  • Chest pain or feeling of discomfort
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness or light headedness
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue

Many more kind of symptoms can occur during a heart attack, and all symptoms differ among the males & females. If you have a heart attack certain things that we as humans can’t change are:

  • Age. If you’ve passed 65, you run the risk for having a heart attack is more easily.
  • Sex. Males are more at risk than females.
  • Family history. If you have a family history of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity or diabetes, you become more prone to having a heart attack.
  • Race. People of African descent are more prone to have an attack.

Modifiable risk factors, which we humans can change include:

  • Treat Obesity
  • Quit Smoking
  • Exercise regularly
  • Lower the high level of cholesterol
  • Alter diet and alcohol consumption
  • Reduce stress

Eating Right With Heart Disease

You can use some of the homely foods to avoid a heart attack by having Pomegranate juice, get habitual to drinking green tea, certain herbs that contain Omega-3 fatty acids like Flaxseed, Walnuts, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Green leafy veggies like kale, Spinach & Collard, Chia seeds, Basil,Hemp seeds, dried herbs like cloves & oregano, Olive oil, walnut oil and mustard oil.

Herbs like coriander, Parsley, Basil, Dillweed, Turmeric are rich in lots of potassium and magnesium, which makes the heart healthier.

What is Angina?

Angina is a different kind of chest pain that happens due to reduced flow of blood supply to the heart, it lacks the oxygen too. Such pain begins due to physical activity or emotional stress.

Some of the symptoms of angina include:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Pain in the arms, neck, jaw, shoulder or back with chest pain
  • A burning sensation in the chest
  • A sensation of pressure or squeezing
  • A feeling of fullness in the chest
  • Sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Becoming lethargic

Many different methods can be used to avoid angina like quit smoking & alcoholic beverages, acupuncture, doing regular exercise or you can practice Yoga.

Heartburn

Heartburn often happens with the burning sensation in your chest and you get a sore taste in your mouth & throat. It can happen when you overeat something or lie down shortly after having meals. Mostly such symptoms can be treated at home. If these symptoms keep recurring too frequently, better consult your doctor.

High blood Pressure

When the blood vessels get narrower making the heartbeat faster to enhance the flow of blood that is passing through these narrow vessels to different organs of the body. At that very time, the pace of the blood gets hectic and is called high blood pressure. You run the risk of getting dizziness, lazy, sweating, obese & weight gain, the temperature of your body enhances making you lose your temper quite frequently.

According to Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda eating some herbal remedies can help you to control over your blood pressure like getting habitual to having Arjuna tea, Ashwagandha, Jatamansi, Punarnava, Triphala, Trikatu & Gotu Kola, etc can be included in your diet. Get used to having a natural diet in your daily meals to prevent various ailments and restore healthy living.

There are many other remedies that treat chest pain. If you are still perplexed, visit planetayurveda.com which is  run by a reputed & qualified Ayurvedic doctor and discuss with him/her on what’s up number provided on  the official web site

How to Treat Cervical Spondylosis with Ayurveda

What is CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS

CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS TREATMENT IN AYURVEDA

It is the disorder related to aging which involves discs, vertebrae, and ligaments in the neck or cervical spine.

It is also known as Arthritis of the Neck, Cervical osteoarthritis, or Degenerative Osteoarthritis.

In cervical spondylosis, edges of the vertebrae start developing osteophytes. After some time the disc becomes thinner and loses its ability to absorb the shock that increases the risk of spondylosis.

If joints in the neck are swollen it is called FACET JOINTS. It makes pressure on the spinal cord or nearby nerve roots that create a tingling or pricking sensation and pain in limbs. In some cases, there is a loss of sensation and coordination. Some people develop difficulty in walking.

ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA

Cervical spondylosis in Ayurveda is described under “GRIVA SANDHIGATA VATA “or also called as “MANYASATAMBH” means stiffness in the neck. The abnormality in Vata doshas is caused by two procedure, in which one is Kapha and Pitta is not functioning properly.

Herbal Remedies for Cervical Spondylosis

The shalok describes that MANYA SATAMBH is a vataj dosha. When abnormal Vayu dosha entered into the nerves of neck, then MANYA SATAMBH develop. In this roga(disease) neck is contracted and stiffened inside.  Neck become stiff, watering from the mouth, teeth chattering is present, the body becomes rigid type. Back part is stretched, yawning or giddiness is present. They are the symptoms of MANYA SATAMBH.

CAUSES OF CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS

  • OVERGROWTH OF BONES: The body trying to grow extra bones for making a stronger spine. This overgrowth of bones is called BONE SPURS or OSTEOPHYTES. This overgrowth of bones creates pressure on the delicate or soft area of the spine, like on spinal cord and nerves, which starts causing pain.
  • DRYING OF GEL-LIKE MATERIAL IN THE DISCS: In our spinal bones, discs are present between there is thick, pad-like cushions. This material protects from shock, injury, lifting, twisting, and other physical activities. This gel-like material start drying gradually and spinal discs become dehydrated bones rubbing with each other, so this is painful.
  • CRACKS IN THE DISCS:  The spinal discs start because of which gel-like material starts leaking. This leakage material puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves that results in pain and numbness.
  • INJURY OR ANY TRAUMA: Any trauma to your neck, like during road accident, falling, fighting, etc. damage the spinal discs.
  • STIFFNESS IN THE LIGAMENT: The ligaments of the spinal cord start stiffening that makes your neck stiffed or tight and create restrictions in the movement of the neck.
  • MORE USING OF NECK: In some occupations or professional works and in some hobbies forceful and continues movements of the neck region,  this put the pressure on the spine.
  • Some genetical factors are also responsible for spondylosis.
  • As previously present in the family.
  • Smoking and any drug addiction are also responsible.
  • Overweight and lazy, inactive persons become primary for cervical spondylosis.
  • Any hormonal imbalance.

SYMPTOMS OF CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS

Normally patients of cervical spondylosis, do not have any symptoms.

The range of clinical features occur from mild to severe or sometimes develop suddenly.

Common symptom is PAIN. Sometimes the pain radiates to the arm and fingers.

The pain mostly accelerates during

  • Person is in standing position
  • During the sitting position
  • While sneezing
  • At the time of coughing
  • When you are tilting your neck backward

Another symptom that is common is the weakness of the muscle. Due to weakening of muscles, it is difficult to grasps the objects and it is harder to lift the objects in arms.

Other common signs are:

  • The neck becomes stiffed
  • Headache mostly occurs
  • On the shoulder& leg region and arm, there is tingling sensation and numbness also occur in legs.

COMPLICATIONS OF CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS

Cervical myelopathy can create other disabilities at different grading.

  • Tetraplegia
  • A chest infection can occur recurrently
  • Paraplegia
  • Pressure on the sores

Best Exercise for Cervical Spondylitis

EXERCISE FOR CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS

  • Try to keep your body in a straight position. Make your posture straight during sitting and standing, don’t create a C-type curve shape posture of the spinal area. It is also called NECK STRETCH exercise. Hold this step for at least 5 seconds, and do the 5 repetitions.
  • NECK TILT sideways and also forwardly tilt your neck so that it touches the chest area. Do this for about 5 seconds and repeat this exercise 5 times.
  • NECK TURNING EXERCISE: Just turn your head at one side in a comfortable manner, stretch your neck muscle softly. Repeat this process, in the opposite direction.
  • SHOULDER EXERCISE: Move your shoulder in a round or circular manner, this process stretches your neck and spinal muscle.

LIFESTYLE ADVICE

  • Yoga like Tadasana, bhujangaasan, etc. and other physical activities such as swimming, cycling, light dumbbell, pushups are useful in cervical spondylosis.
  • PHYSIOTHERAPY is also another option for treating cervical spondylosis.
  • Painkiller can be used in severe condition.
  • Avoid physical or mental efforts, try to stay free from mental stress.
  • Take a good hour of sleep during night time. At least 6-7 hours of sleep is necessary.
  • Have a soothing massage with lukewarm oil.
  • Intake of easily digested food should be increased, vegetable soups, dairy products and nuts like almond, cashew nuts are added to your daily life.
  • Start taking of protein, calcium-rich diet.
  • Take a sunbath which is a good source of vitamin D, makes your bones stronger.

HOME REMEDIES FOR CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS

  • Take two cloves of garlic and crush them. Add this paste to one glass of milk. Put it on a low flame for boiling, when one-fourth part is left, then strain it and divide it into two equal parts. Drink one part in the morning and another one at night time.
  • Take one tablespoon of castor oil before sleeping time.
  • Massage with almond oil or sesame oil on the back give a soothing effect.
  • During pain, you can take one glass of hot milk and add a pinch of turmeric in it. This remedy act as a natural analgesic.
  • An ice pack can be used during pain or stiffness.
  • Heat therapy also is used.
  • Take some cloves of garlic and one tablespoon of ajwain and roasts them until they become reddish brown, now add this material into the warm mustard oil or sesame oil. Massage with this oil mixture.