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A 41-year-old male asked:

i woke up with a pain in my chest left side to centre. the pain is through to my back just left of the spine. tightness of chest. pain bad when i sit.

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sudeshan Govender
Specializes in Family Medicine
Left chest pain: These are sinister signs and I recommend seeing PCP or visiting ER immediately.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Time to see a doctor: Chest pain, with or without trouble breathing, are signs that a person should talk with his doctor right away or go to the ER. In adults, chest pain can be a heart attack. If it turns out not to be myocarditis, heart attack symptoms, or anxiety attack symptoms, the ER will also have checked for problems such as a collapsed lung, pneumonia, spine problems, or heartburn.
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Chest pains: Require a doctor visit or the ER ASAP. If medical condtions are ruled out consider some stress management training w/a clinical psychologist if this is a pattern. Peace and good health.

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