How to find out if your health conditions are due to chest or shoulder pain
If you’ve had a serious case of chest or side pain, you may need to seek treatment for it, according to the American Heart Association.
“For some people, it can be difficult to distinguish between chest pain and shoulder pain,” said Dr Laura Gagliano, chair of the AHA Heart Committee.
“If you’re feeling chest pain or discomfort, you might have symptoms of shoulder pain or you might be suffering from chest pain.”
You might also have a condition called ‘stomach flu’ and you need urgent treatment for that condition, she added.
The AHA recommends people with chest pain try to avoid strenuous exercise, as this can make them feel worse.
You can also talk to your doctor about any side effects, such as pain, burning or stiffness in the lower back.
It’s not known how often chest pain develops in people with severe shoulder pain, but experts have said the most common cause is a broken bone or other injury.
Symptoms include: chest pain, swelling or tenderness