What Are Some Causes of Lung Pain?

What Are Some Causes of Lung Pain?


Lungs have no pain receptors and therefore feel no pain, as noted by HealthCentral. Lung-related chest pain may result from a pulmonary embolism, pleurisy, collapsed lung or pulmonary hypertension, according to Mayo Clinic.

Chest pain may range from a sharp stab to a dull ache and is sometimes described as crushing or burning. This pain may also travel up the neck and into the jaw and can radiate to the back or down one or both arms. Chest pain can result from problems with the heart, muscles, bone, digestion and lungs, notes Mayo Clinic. Panic attacks, shingles and gastrointestinal problems may also cause chest pain, adds WebMD.

Initial testing for chest pain may include an electrocardiogram, blood tests, a chest X-ray and a CT scan. Follow-up tests may also include stress tests and coronary catheterization, also known as an angiogram, notes Mayo Clinic.

Although treatment for chest pain depends on the underlying cause, drugs that reat some of the most common causes include artery relaxers, clot-busting drugs, blood thinners, acid-suppressing medications and antidepressants. Surgical procedures that treat the most serious causes of chest pain include balloons and stent placement, bypass surgery, dissection repair and lung reinflation, according to Mayo Clinic.