Sudden chest pain: Here's what your body might be trying to tell you

While sudden chest pain might be completely benign and harmless, it could also be the symptom of something way serious going on with your body.

Sudden chest pain that goes away
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Sudden chest pain that goes away

Whether it is your body odour or you tasting metal when you run, the way your body reacts is how it's trying to tell you about what's going on below the surface. This is why it's important to heed these signals.

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If you have ever felt sudden chest pain that seem to come and go without any rhyme or reason, as reported by Healthline, this is what could be going on with you. Sudden or sharp chest pains often last just a few seconds.

Note that the reasons below are not exhaustive. Needless to say, if you have severe sudden chest pain, call emergency medical services asap.


Heartburn is also called acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It is caused by indigestion, when stomach acids splash up from your stomach. This can cause sharp sudden chest ache.

Monitoring and changing your diet could help with heartburn.

Chest pain could sometimes also occur due to anxiety or panic attack Puwadon Sang-ngern

Precordial catch syndrome

This is actually a benign medical condition that some people are born with. Although it is harmless, it can cause sudden short-lived chest pain due to pinched nerve in the chest or a muscle spasm.

Using relaxation and breathing techniques could sometimes help to ease symptoms.

Muscle strain or bone pain

If you have injured your chest muscles or rib bones, it can cause chest pain. In some cases, the muscle injury might be caused by broken ribs or certain bone diseases like osteochondritis.

This would typically occur with other symptoms such as your chest walls feeling extra sensitive, or feeling pain when you move your chest or upper spine. Along with this sharp stabbing pain might be experienced when breathing, coughing or sneezing.

Lung problems

If your chest pain occurs when you take a deep breath, or if it worsens when you breathe, the reason could be a possible lung problem. Some lung conditions that can cause chest pain include chest infection, asthma attack or even pneumonia.

Apart from these, even anxiety and panic attacks can sometimes physically surface as sharp sudden chest pain.

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Sources used:

Healthline: ' What Causes Sudden, Sharp Chest Pain That Goes Away?'

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