Why does my chest hurt after smoking

Lung cancer: Pain is significantly increased by smoking


Lung cancer patients who smoke report greater pain than non-smokers or ex-smokers. They also suffer more from shortness of breath and fatigue. The pulmonologists of the German Society for Pneumology-Pneumology warn against this
Respiratory and pulmonary medicine (pulmonology) is a branch of internal medicine that deals with the prevention, detection and specialist treatment of diseases of the lungs, bronchi, mediastinum (middle skin) and pleura (pleura and lung).
and respiratory medicine (DGP) in Werne.

Lung cancer patients
This is the space in the rib cage between the two lungs that houses the thoracic viscera - i.e. the heart, associated nerves, vessels and lymph nodes. The pleurs (pleura and pleura), which line the two pleural cavities with the lungs, form a partition between the mediastinum and the lungs. This space is bounded to the front and back by the breastbone and thoracic spine; from above and below it extends from about the level of the collarbone down to the diaphragm.
who smoke despite their diagnosis experience greater pain than ex and non-smokers. The pulmonologists of the German Society for Pneumology and Respiratory Medicine (DGP) in Werne warn against this, citing the results of a current scientific study. "893 patients with an average age of 63 years took part in this study, most of whom (76%) had advanced bronchial carcinoma (stage IIIb and IV)," reports Prof. Dieter Köhler from the scientific advisory board of the DGP and head of the lung clinic Grafschaft monastery in Schmallenberg in the Sauerland. “17% of these patients did not quit smoking after being diagnosed with lung cancer. During the almost two-year study period, all participants were asked to indicate the extent of their pain in retrospect on the previous week on a scale from 0 to 10. The active smokers reported moderate to very severe pain (4-6 or 7-10 on the scale) significantly more often than the ex- and non-smokers. "

Overall quality of life more impaired

Various studies have already shown that patients who continue to smoke after being diagnosed with lung cancer have lower chances of recovery. “Smoking reduces the effectiveness of lung cancer therapy and increases the risk of metastases and metastases
Daughter tumors spreading from cancer
as well as that the tumor recurs, reducing the chances of survival, ”explains Köhler. "However, it also affects the overall quality of life of those affected: In the study, the smoking patients reported not only greater pain, but also more shortness of breath and fatigue."