I hope your year has been great so far?
I’m trying my best to be more available here and So help me God.
So, Some of my readers don’t know that I studied public health. Yes I did. And those who know have asked why I have never posted anything health related but to actually make a post on health you need to have extensively researched that topic and I really have not had so much time to do my research. But this year I have decided that I would invest more time to research in my field. This has also informed my decision to have a health post on here once every month. It may be a usual health problem or a not so common health challenge too.
And Good health is a gift to us.
In the process of brainstorming about what health issue I wanted to write about my mind went to something I have been experiencing for a while.
So let me ask this question.
Do you ever get a sharp pain under your left breast almost like the pain is right there in your heart, limits your movement kind of but then in a short time it all goes away?
It happens to me and it was a source of concern. I thought it was some sort of heart condition and I was freaking out when it occurred regularly, I would pray about it, sometimes I would think a lot and I nearly visited Tristate heart center when I was in school but the fear of finding out that it may be a heart condition scared me and I just stayed away and kept hoping.
Thank God for the internet. Recently, I decided to find out what exactly was wrong with me and upon further research I found that what I had is called Precordial catch syndrome(PCS)
What is Precordial catch syndrome(PCS)?
Precordial catch syndrome also known as Texidor’s twitch is a sharp stabbing pain that suddenly occurs in front of the heart (hence the name precordial). It is a common cause of chest pain in older children and young adults.
This pain is usually very excruciating but it goes away on its own.
Most times when I have this episodes I feel so much pain that I cannot move I just lie on a bed or rest my back against a chair and wait till it passes.
This syndrome was first described by Miller and Texidor in 1955 after seeing it in 10 people, including Miller himself. Further research in 1978 by Sparrow and Bird found that 45 healthy people had also experienced this pain.
When does it Occur?
Precordial catch syndrome has been discovered to occur when a person is at rest,especially if they are in a slouched position or if they are bending over.
The pain is often localized in a very specific part of the chest that is below the left nipple.
It only lasts for a short time between 30 second to 3 minutes and can happen one or more times in a day.
Precordial catch syndrome can be made worse by deep breathing. I can really attest to this because I know I always tried to breathe in and out so hard and fast to loosen the imaginary knot i thought was there so I could feel better but it always got worse.
The severity of the pain varies between individuals. Some people experience a dull, annoying pain. Other people experience such intense pain that it can cause momentary vision loss or blurriness. The pain, which tends to cover an area no bigger than one or two fingertips, completely goes away suddenly.
What are the complications?
Because of the pain, people with PCS tend to take shallow breaths, which can lead to lightheadedness.
The nature of the pain can sometimes lead to anxiety, as people may think that it is a sign of a more serious cardiac condition,such as a heart attack(ask me, I was so worried at a time) . This can be made worse by unnecessary, extensive tests or referrals to cardiac specialists. You see I really wasn’t ready for these tests and scary machines that was why I didn’t venture going to the heart center in my school.
What are the Causes?
No exact cause has been discovered but a lot of people have proposed that the cause of this condition could be nerves of the inner lining of the chest wall getting pinched or irritated. The reason for this pinch or irritation is however not known.
Bad posture, such as slouching has also been suspected to be a cause of this syndrome, Other proposed causes include a growth spurt, or an injury, such as a blow to the chest.
Who is at risk?
Precordial catch syndrome is majorly noticed in teenagers and young adults, but children as young as 6 years old can also experience it.
In rare cases, adults can also experience precordial catch syndrome.
How can I get it Treated?
This condition is expected to stop once a person is in their 20s and treatment is not usually required, but anti-inflammatory medicine or a nonprescription pain reliever, such as ibuprofen (Motrin) may help reduce the pain. However, in some cases, a deep breath or two may get rid of the pain, though those breaths may hurt for a moment.
Relaxing and taking slow breaths might help, as may changing posture from slouching or being bent over to sitting upright.
How can It be Prevented?
As earlier stated PCS is sometimes caused by a growth spurt, which is not preventable.
Other causes, such as injury to the chest,Bad posture, including slouching CAN BE PREVENTED. So standing and/or sitting straight may help prevent future episodes.
That is it folks!
When ever you experience this don’t panic. You’re not dying just relax yourself and wait for the episode to pass.
However if the pain gets more intense and lasts more than 3 minutes please visit a doctor to get you checked.
I hope you’ve learned.
If you have any questions, comments or concerns please do not hesitate to drop this on the comment section.
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