Chest Pain

What Causes Chest Pain?

Chest pain can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'generally fatal'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose chest pain, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "chest pain" as a symptom.  Here are six possibilities:
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Fluorosis
  • Myocarditis
  • Angina
  • Costochronditis
  • Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
frequent confusion/disorientation
severe muscle weakness
recent onset vomiting
somewhat disturbed sleep
moderate chest pain
very great unexplained weight gain
frequent rapid, shallow breathing
occasional chest tightness
nausea for 1-3 months
joint pain/swelling/stiffness
regular chest tightness
frequent 'chills'
... and more than 40 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of chest pain:
Cause Probability Status
Costochronditis 99% Confirm
Aspartame/Neotame Side-Effects 50% Possible
Myocarditis 13% Unlikely
Pulmonary Fibrosis 0% Ruled out
Fluorosis 0% Ruled out
Angina 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having chest discomfort, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Do you experience chest pain? Do not include pressure or tightness.
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Yes, I can touch the tender area
→ Yes, it is deep in my chest
→ Yes, it radiates to my back, neck, jaw or arm
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate chest wall pain, deep chest pain or radiating chest pain, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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