Chest Pain Symptoms: Your Lungs

If there is a problem with your lungs, it is usually associated with other complaints such as:

  1. Dyspnea (Shortness of breath),
  2. Cough
  3. Pleuritic chest pain (Pain on deep breathing)

A pulmonary embolism (blood clot to the lungs) can mimic an angina or heart attack and should therefore be part of any evaluation in someone with acute pain. It can be diagnosed if there is a history of thrombosis elsewhere or a major operation (Hip replacement or pelvic operation) has been performed recently.

On examination, these symptoms are often accompanied by

  • Abnormal breath sounds
  • Rapid breathing
  • Congestion
  • Wheezing

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Pneumonia often mimics the flu, beginning with a cough and a fever, so you may not realize you have a more serious condition. Symptoms can vary depending on your age and general health. The signs and symptoms of pneumonia may include:

  • Fever
  • Lower-than-normal body temperature in older people
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Shaking chills
  • Chest pain that fluctuates with breathing (pleurisy)
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue

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Pneumothorax or collapsed lung


Pleuritic chest pains are caused by inflammation between layers of the lung and the inside of your chest wall. A variety of causes include pleurisy, pneumonia, a pulmonary embolism or lung cancer. Other diseases include Asbestosis, Lupus and reumatoid arthritis.

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