I would consider two possibilities:
- Muscle spasm
Muscle spasm alone can cause this pain which can be the result of inappropriate posture or sudden wrong movement.
In these cases, self care and avoiding the precipitating cause will lead to a gradual but clear improvement in the pain. Home treatment includes the use of Analgesics, cold or hot therapy.
Rest for maximum two days is also beneficial.
-Pneumomediastinum usually occurs when intrathoracic pressures become elevated. This elevation may occur with an exacerbation of asthma, coughing, vomiting, straining, as a Valsalva maneuver.
Older age is a risk factor as lung function normally declines with age.
Pneumomediastinum is generally a benign, self-limited condition.
Chest pain and abdominal symptoms are common.
Direct clinical examination and Chest X-ray are essential.
This answer does not substitute for direct medical consultation.
Dr. Safaa Mahmoud.
MB BCh, MSc Internal Medicine. MD Medical Oncology.
PhD Experimental Medicine and Biochemical Science.