Difficulty breating deeply

Collapsed lung

Collapsed Lung or Pneumothorax

A collapsed lung is also known as a pneumothorax. It occurs when there is a build-up of air in the space between the lungs and the rib cage. Here we explain the symptoms, causes, and treatment for a collapsed lung. Symptoms Collapsed lung symptoms include sharp chest pain, which is worse when breathing deeply. The …

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Costochondritis - Tietze's syndrome

Costochondritis (Tietze’s Syndrome)

Costochondritis is also referred to as Tietze’s syndrome. It is a painful condition that occurs at the joints between the ribs and the sternum (breastbone). Here we explain the symptoms, causes and treatment for Costochondritis. Symptoms Symptoms include chest pain, specifically at the front of the upper chest, where the ribs attach to the sternum. …

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Asthma

Asthma

Asthma is an inflammatory disorder of the airways which causes shortness of breath and ‘wheezing’. Its severity can range from mild, with only occasional symptoms, to a severe and life-threatening condition. Symptoms of Asthma The most common symptoms of asthma are: Shortness of breath Wheezing A tight feeling in the chest Coughing Symptoms will vary …

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Referred chest pain

Referred Chest Pain

Referred chest pain is pain originates from an injury elsewhere, but is felt in the chest. The root cause of the problem may be in the thoracic spine or upper back. Symptoms Symptoms include pain in the chest which comes on without a traumatic injury to the chest area. Pain may be made worse by …

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Costochondritis - Tietze's syndrome

Costochondral Separation

A Costochondral separation, sometimes known as a rib separation, usually occurs after a direct impact to the chest. One or more ribs become separated from the costochondral joint (made from cartilage) which is also attached to the breastbone. The area will be very painful, especially when breathing deeply, and it can take several months to …

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Rib injuries

Bruised Ribs & Rib Fractures

The most common injuries to the ribs are contusions and fractures caused by direct impact. A stress fracture of the rib is rare, but can also occur through overuse. Here we explain the symptoms, causes and treatment of rib injuries. Bruised ribs Bruised ribs or a rib contusion occurs following a direct impact to the …

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