- Updated on September 10, 2020
By Dr. Artour Rakhimov, Alternative Health Educator and Author
- Medically Reviewed by Naziliya Rakhimova, MD
Chest Pain and Breathing: Inhaling Deeply, Moving, or Lying
Chest pain when breathing often relates to low oxygen levels in the body. Healthy people, when asked, say that they do not feel their breathing at all. This is because it is very slow and small (see numbers below). In contrast, people with chronic diseases breathe 2-3 times more air than the medical norm. Their breathing is too fast and too deep. (Many people actually try to breathe deeply and get sharp chest pain!)
Overbreathing leads to reduced oxygenation of the brain, heart, and other vital organs. As a result, many people develop chest pain when breathing or when breathing in (during deeper inhalations). This chest pain when inhaling deeply can occur during or after exercise or when moving, during sleep (especially supine sleep, but also when lying on the left or right sides), after meals (overeating and large meals intensify breathing), due to stress and deep breathing (which was never a part of classic yoga), and so forth.
We already reviewed a Japanese clinical study, in which doctors asked over 200 patients with coronary artery spasm to voluntarily hyperventilate (to breathe deeply). What was the result? 100% of patients experienced sharp angina pain.
It is true that sometimes, chest pain while breathing in deeply can be caused by a pinched nerve? The source of this trouble can be located in the spine.
However, in over 80% of cases, people can immediately reduce their chest pain using a simple breathing exercise. It is the same exercise as for angina pain or heart attacks. This exercise moves more O2 to the heart and other tissues.
This YouTube video (on the right side) provides details for this breathing exercise: How to stop angina pain.
Sharp chest pain caused by pleurisy (pleuritis or lung inflammation)
Pleurisy (pleuritis) can cause sharp pain in the chest when breathing due to the friction of the pleura (a membrane that includes layers of tissue within the inner surface of the chest cavity. When the pleura becomes inflamed, the condition is called “pleuritis”.
When the pleura is not inflamed, the acts of inhalations and exhalations do not cause any pain because the friction is negligible. In conditions of inflammation, friction increases 10-100 times causing sharp pain, especially for faster and/or deeper respiratory movements.
In such cases, medical attention is required.
How to get rid of a chest pain
If you have persistent chest pain when inhaling (deeply), you need to slow down your breathing permanently and naturally so as to increase your body oxygenation up to a certain number for the DIY CP test (body oxygenation measured in seconds). This means you need to have slower and lighter breathing 24/7 (during sleep as well). This is a proven treatment and cure for chest pain. When you’ve reached a minimum number for your body O2, you will be free from chest pain during sleep, after meals, during exercise, and in other situations. You can find this exact number right below here as your bonus content.
You need to get over 25 s for the CP test 24/7.
You also need to learn abdominal breathing, since those people who experience chest pain or sharp pain in the chest are also chest breathers. The links below provide more info about chest breathing, its treatment, the body-O2 test, and CO2-related effects.