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Causes Of Chest Pain On The Right Side.

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Most people are familiar with left-sided chest pain and how it can indicate serious heart problems, such as a heart attack or other heart diseases.

Right-sided chest pain is not usually talked about as often, but can still indicate a variety of problems.

Pain in the right side of the chest can result from direct injury or inflammation of certain structures, or by referred pain. Referred pain is when pain originates in a different part of the body.

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Right-sided chest pain can be caused by many different conditions, illnesses, and injuries. Here are 17 potential causes.

1. Anxiety or stress

Severe anxiety or stress can trigger an anxiety attack. In some people, an anxiety attack has many of the same symptoms of a heart attack, including chest pain, dizziness, heart palpitations, and difficulty breathing.

An anxiety attack can be caused by a stressful event or may occur randomly. As many of the symptoms are similar to a heart attack, it is crucial for anyone who is uncertain about their symptoms to seek medical attention.

2. Muscle strain

The chest wall is made up of many different muscles. It is very easy to strain or sprain these muscles by increased exercise or activity, or from stress or tension.

This type of chest pain, though it can be uncomfortable, is easily resolved with rest and over-the-counter pain relievers.

3. Trauma

A traumatic injury, such as from a fall, a sharp blow to the chest, or a motor vehicle accident, can damage the nerves, blood vessels, and muscles within the chest.

It is also possible to damage the heart, lungs, or other internal organs with this kind of an injury.

Anyone who has an accident like this should call the doctor or emergency services, as internal injuries are not always apparent.

4. Costochondritis

Costochondritis is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects the ribs to the main breastbone in the front of the chest.

The pain from costochondritis may be severe and can be caused by intense coughing, infection, or traumatic injury.

Costochondritis usually goes away on its own, but people may need extra rest, pain relievers, and hot or cold compresses to aid recovery.

5. Rib fracture

A rib fracture is a break in the bones that protect the internal organs in the chest.

It can be very painful and can lead to serious complications if not treated correctly.

Rib fractures are usually caused by a fall or impact to the chest but can also be caused by severe coughing. If the break is on the right side, it can cause pain, swelling, and tenderness in that area.

6. Pneumothorax

A pneumothorax or collapsed lung occurs when air escapes from the lung and gets into the space between the lung and the chest wall.

This makes it difficult for the lung to expand when breathing and can cause sudden and significant pain or discomfort. Someone with this condition would also experience a shortness of breath, a rapid heartbeat, and dizziness. They may even collapse suddenly.

7. Pleurisy

Pleurisy is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the lungs. This inflammation causes friction between these two layers of tissue, which can cause sharp and severe pain when breathing.

Usually, there is a thin fluid-filled space in between the lining of the lungs and the lining of the chest cavity. As someone breathes in and out, the lungs can glide over this tissue smoothly.

8. Pleural effusions

A pleural effusion is the buildup of fluid in between the layers of tissue outside of the lungs. It can cause chest pain and shortness of breath. Breathing may get more difficult over time, so it is essential to see a doctor.

9. Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. It can be caused by many different bacterial, viral, and fungal organisms.

People with pneumonia often experience chest pain when breathing and coughing. Other symptoms of pneumonia include fever, chills, a cough, and loss of appetite.

10. Pulmonary hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension is a condition that causes high blood pressure in the blood vessels that connect the heart and lungs.

Over time, this makes the heart work harder to pump blood throughout the body and can cause chest pain.

11. Pulmonary embolism

Pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that has become lodged in the lungs. It can be life-threatening if not treated quickly.

If it occurs in the right lung, it can cause right-sided chest pain. Additional symptoms include shortness of breath, rapid breathing, and coughing up blood.

The pain and other symptoms of pulmonary embolism usually come on suddenly and require emergency medical attention.

12. Lung cancer

Lung cancer causes chest pain, coughing, and shortness of breath as the growth starts to interfere with the normal functioning of the lungs.

13. Chest tumors

Growths within the chest or chest wall, whether or not they are cancerous, can also cause chest pain.

As the tumor grows, it will put pressure on the nerves or blood vessels that are nearby, causing pain or discomfort.

14. Heart disease

While most people associate left-sided chest pain with a heart attack or other heart ailment, right sided pain is also possible, especially if heart disease affects the right side of the heart.

15. Shingles

The virus that causes chickenpox also causes shingles. Someone with this condition has inflammation of a section of nerves as well as the skin and structures surrounding them.

If the affected nerves are in the chest, it can cause chest pain. Shingles tends only to affect one side of the body.

At first, shingles may cause pain and sensitivity in one area, as well as a fever. It will later develop into a painful, itchy rash.

16. Heartburn or acid reflux

Heartburn is caused by stomach acid that has passed back up into the food pipe from the stomach.

The food pipe is located within the chest, so it can cause chest pain that seems to come from the right side.

17. Liver, gallbladder, or pancreas problems

These structures play a vital role in normal digestion and have other essential functions. They are located in the top of the right side of the abdomen.

Gallstones, pancreatitis, and liver disease are just a few of the conditions that can cause referred pain in the right side of the chest.

Whenever someone is experiencing chest pain, regardless of the location within the chest, they should mention it to their doctor promptly.

While there are many explanations for right-sided chest pain that are not an emergency, there are some medical conditions that require urgent care.

Signs that someone needs emergency care include:

  • sudden onset of severe chest pain

  • crushing pain in the chest

  • chest pain with shortness of breath

  • pain that radiates to the jaw or arms

  • chest pain accompanied by dizziness or weakness

  • change in or loss of consciousness

    The outlook for someone having right-sided chest pain varies depending on the cause of the discomfort.

    If pain persists despite treatment, it is important to continue to follow up with the doctor for further diagnosis and treatment.

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Effects of Hot baths on inflammation, glucose metabolism

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According to new research, a hot bath could have effects that extend way beyond mental relaxation. According to the authors, regular hot baths might reduce inflammation and improve metabolism.

Over recent years, hot baths, saunas, and other so-called passive heating therapies have received growing attention from scientists.

Scientists now believe they offer some potential benefits, including improved vascular function and sleep.

Because hot baths are low cost and unlikely to cause significant side effects, understanding any benefits that a hot bath might have could be a quick win for medical science.



Recently, researchers set out to understand whether hot bath immersion could have an impact on metabolic disorders, such as diabetes.

 Almost 20 years ago, a paper concluded that hot water immersion of individuals with type 2 diabetes enhanced insulin sensitivity. However, it is still unclear how this might occur.

In the most recent study, the researchers dug a little deeper into the mechanisms at work. They theorized that the influence of a hot bath over glucose metabolism might revolve around the inflammatory response.

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Inflammation and insulin resistance

There is some evidence that chronic, low-level inflammation increases insulin resistance. In other words, inflammation reduces a cell’s ability to respond to insulin, potentially contributing to the development of diabetes.

Conversely, exercise has been shown to reduce inflammation and improve insulin sensitivity — meaning that the body has better control over glucose levels.

Although doctors often recommend exercise to reduce the risk of developing metabolic disorders, not everyone can exercise — perhaps due to health conditions or physical capacity. It is, therefore, essential to find alternative ways to improve insulin sensitivity for these people.

Exercise, as with other physical stressors, sparks a brief inflammatory response, followed by a more extended anti-inflammatory response. The researchers wanted to see if a different type of physical stressor — a hot bath — might have a similar effect on the immune system.

For this study, the researchers investigated the impact of a hot bath on overweight, mostly sedentary men. The findings were published recently in the Journal of Applied Physiology.

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Hot bath intervention

Each participant immersed themselves in a water bath set at 102°F (39°C) for 1 hour. Scientists took blood just before and after the bath, and then 2 hours later.

Also, the researchers charted the participants’ blood pressure, body temperature, and heart rate every 15 minutes.

 Over the following 2 weeks, the participants had a further 10 hot water immersions.

The researchers found that a single hot water immersion caused a spike of interleukin — a marker of inflammation. Similarly, there was an increase in nitric oxide (NO) production.

The spike in NO is important because it causes blood vessels to relax, lowering blood pressure. NO also improves glucose intake into tissues, and scientists think it has anti-inflammatory properties.



As expected, the 2-week intervention saw a reduction in fasting blood sugar and inflammation. In the same way that exercise influences inflammation, the researchers saw an initial increase followed by a long-term decrease in inflammation.

The researchers also write that it “might have implications for improving metabolic health in populations unable to meet the current physical activity recommendations.”

It is important to note that the people who took part in the study did report some discomfort. This was either due to the length of time that they were required to stay in the bath or the high temperature. Future research might investigate whether shorter periods or lower temperatures might have similar benefits.

Of course, hot baths alone cannot treat metabolic disorders, but they may be a simple, cost-effective intervention that can run alongside other treatments.

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Experts recommend natural remedies to Diabetes.

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Medical practitioners have recommended some natural remedies that could curb the increasing rate of diabetes in the country.

The practitioners offered the remedies in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.

They spoke against the backdrop of this year’s World Diabetes Day, which is celebrated globally on November 14.



The practitioners said the awareness had become imperative because diabetes is a condition that impairs the body’s ability to process blood glucose.

“Diabetes usually is prevalent in middle aged and older adults but now becoming common in children. Adults are still at the highest risk than children,’’ Dr. Iorwuese Charles told NAN on phone.

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He said that diabetes has to do with an increase sugar level in the blood caused by an absolute deficiency of insulin that affects one out of three adults.

Charles, a medical practitioner at Police Hospital Ado, Ekiti State, said that diabetes is a group of diseases that usually ends up in too much amount of sugar in the blood.

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He advised families to always maintain good lifestyle habits to curb diabetes in their homes.

Charles said the symptoms in diabetes include increased frequency of urination, increase thirst, dry mouth, increase in eating with weight loss.

Other signs, he said, are: “Blurring of vision, tiredness, fatigue, mood swings, irritability, frequent urination at night and headaches.”

According to him, the symptoms of diabetes are endless with no permanent cure but with proper maintenance one could live a healthy life.

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