Emphysema is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This condition develops if there is damage to the air sacs in the lungs. The air sacs are generally deformed and could not inflate normally like in healthy lungs. This results to significant depletion of oxygen intake and results to difficulty breathing along with chronic cough.
The usual cause of this disease is cigarette smoking where carcinogen toxicity causes the air sacs to lose shape.
The usual indication of emphysema is a continuous chest pain that can manifest in the advanced phases of the condition. It is often accompanied by an overall decrease in the normal lung functioning in which chronic smoker’s cough, wheezing and shortness of breath during normal activity occurs.
The chest pain might indicate an underlying heart ailment as a response to emphysema. This arises due to the increased activity of the heart in supplying oxygen to all the vital organs.
Total body pain
Emphysema is known to cause chronic dyspnea where breathing becomes significantly uncomfortable. The chest pain typically arises before total body pain manifests.
The care for an individual with this type of pain is hard due to the functional restriction and anxiety for getting air. It is important to note that the eclipsing pain is often secondary to the frequent breathing exacerbations which requires prompt medical care.
Management of related pain
In some instances, the treatment for emphysema might trigger secondary pain in other parts of the body. Medications such as theophylline and other methylxanthines can trigger significant abdominal pain that can be accompanied by a variety of other side effects such as erratic heartbeat, heartburn, palpitations, tremors and reflux.