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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Can tight muscles in shoulders and back cause chest pain?

Can tight muscles in shoulders and back cause chest pain?

Chest pain: Musculoskeletal causes can be associated with chest pain especially intercostal muscle spasm. The pains of this type are exacerbated by breathing motions of the chest wall. ...Read more

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Chronic herniated discs upper back lower neck, chest pain-mostly dull sometimes stabbing, neck muscles feel tight, high liver enzymes. R they related?

Chronic herniated discs upper back lower neck, chest pain-mostly dull sometimes stabbing, neck muscles feel tight, high liver enzymes. R they related?

Yes and no: Herniated disks and various pain syndromes are certainly related. Do you know why your liver enzymes are high? Please make sure you are not taking too much tylenol (acetaminophen) or tylenol (acetaminophen) containing products, as tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose can cause elevated liver enzymes. Hepatitis c can cause high liver enzymes as well as muskuloskeletal pain. ...Read more

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Sever crushing chest pain from shoulder to shoulder pain in arms and arm muscles tighten to point can't move them last about 5 minutes tired after?

Sever crushing chest pain from shoulder to shoulder pain in arms and arm muscles tighten to point can't move them last about 5 minutes tired after?

Go to ER NOW!: Although your age speaks against it, you absolutely need to rule out heart ischemia or pending heart attack. Go to the er now! If workup negative, they can tell if is more muscular in nature. ...Read more

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Chest pain I beleive caused by back pain. Can feel a large muscle knot. This is chronic. What could it be? Tumor? All on left side.

Chest pain Tumor: Chest pain can be due to a large number of causes; one such is due to nerve root injury impingement with associated muscle spasm, A tumor is usu. Meant to be a lump of some type, sometimes malignant and sometimes benign. Get a proper consultation in person or vie Concierge a Health Tap ...Read more

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Can a tight bra with underwires cause chest pain/upper back pain?

No: Tight clothing should not in normal circumstances cause body pain. On the other hand, large, dense breasts whether natural or augmented (implants) can cause back pain. This is one of the most common reasons that women have their implants removed. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of chest pain and tightness, rib cage pain bilateral made worse by bending trunk, back pain between shoulder blades on right?

Musculoskeletal Pain: Pain on both sides of chest made worse by bending and back pain seems to be musculo skeletal pain. You can try aleve (naproxen) or Motrin and if not better have it checked by your family physician. ...Read more

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Chest pain, like tightness an upper back pain an disoriented, extreme fatigue. ..Whats the cause?

Chest pain, like tightness an upper back pain an disoriented, extreme fatigue. ..Whats the cause?

Consider heart: You are56. Any chest tightness should be considered heart until proven otherwise. Especially radiating to your back and associated with fatigue. See your doctor asap. Consider going to the emergency room if it recurs and does not go away within a few minutes. ...Read more

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Can muscle tightness cause shooting pain? Non cardiac shooting chest pain sometimes goes downwards into my stomach. Some in upper back as well.

Back trauma?: Shooting pain is often neuropathic pain, which is often associated with a secondary muscle spasm. (cardiac or noncardiac is open until the diagnosis is established!) neuropathic upper back and chest pain does happen (i.e., in thoracic nerve roots disease, aka radiculopathy), although it is not very common. If any history of back trauma, MRI of the thoracic spine may identify the cause. ...Read more

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Why does anxiety cause, palpations, chest pain, dizziness, weak legs, back pain, and twitching muscles?

Why does anxiety cause, palpations, chest pain, dizziness, weak legs, back pain, and twitching muscles?

Autonomic: Nervous system. Anxiety initiates and perpetuates a flight or fight response from your autonomic nervous system leading to all of the symptoms described. That is why, for example, yoga and meditation help. They counteract the autonomic response and relax you. So does slow deep breathing ...Read more

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I m getting tight chest pains and its causing me to have breathing difficulty and it hurts to take a deep breath. Could this be a pulled chest muscle?

I m getting tight chest pains and its causing me to have breathing difficulty and it hurts to take a deep breath. Could this be a pulled chest muscle?

Possibly: This could be simple or very complex. Due to the fact that you are only 18, it is more likely that this is not an emergency, however, it could be more than simply a pulled muscle and with this amount of limited information, I think it wise to go be checked out to play it safe as there are other things more serious to worry about here. Don't panic, just play it safe please. ...Read more

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Chest pains localized Left side top of breast. Worse when pushed on. Shoulder sore and tight muscles around shoulder. Cardiac?

Chest pains localized Left side top of breast. Worse when pushed on. Shoulder sore and tight muscles around shoulder. Cardiac?

Doubt cardiac: You will need in an evaluation but my first diagnosis is chest wall pain also known as costochondritis or teitze's syndrome other possibilities could be shoulder bursitis or tendinitis or combination of both. See your physician for confirmation ...Read more

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Can hypertrophic cardiomyopathy cause chest pain or tightness?

Can hypertrophic cardiomyopathy cause chest pain or tightness?

Yes: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy can cause chest pain. It is a condition in which the heart muscle becomes thick, and obstruction to outflow may occur. Arrhythmias may occur as well. Patients may have severe symptoms, or no symptoms. It is a common cause of death in young athletes who seemed completely healthy. ...Read more

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I have 3 herniated discs. For the past 2 months I've had chest tightness and slight pain. Can cervical herniations cause chest pain?

I have 3 herniated discs. For the past 2 months I've had chest tightness and slight pain. Can cervical herniations cause chest pain?

Yes: Lower cervical vertebrae disk disease can affect nervous supply to the lower neck, shoulder, upper back, upper chest muscles. Pain/spasm of these muscle groups can result in chest tightness. ...Read more

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Hi, how do I tell the difference between chest pain (rt side) from coughing a lot/cold or weight lifting muscle (did chest and back exercize yesterday)?

Hi, how do I tell the difference between chest pain (rt side) from coughing a lot/cold or weight lifting muscle (did chest and back exercize yesterday)?

See below: These are symptoms that could be potentially serious. Yous should discuss these with your physician. He/she will thotoughly evaluate you and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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What kind of muscle can cause chest pain?

Chest pain: Lots of chest pain causes, chest wall muscle, intercostal muscles, lateral chest muscles, smooth muscle of esophagus and if ischemic-heart muscle, the diaphragm may also cause some chest pain ...Read more

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Do weak back muscles give you chest pain?

Do weak back muscles give you chest pain?

Not directly: Might be related because weak bask muscle will lead to poor posture and that might cause pain in the chest. ...Read more

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Can Nexium (esomeprazole) cause chest pain or tightness?

Can Nexium (esomeprazole) cause chest pain or tightness?

Rarely: Talk with your doctor about your symptoms. If needed, your doctor may consider a trial off the Nexium (esomeprazole) then a rechallenge to see if it is truly the culprit. ...Read more

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Strained a muscle between sh. Blade and spine 4yrs ago. Have periodic dull chest pain on & off ever since when it's aggravated. Exercise suggestions?

Strained a muscle between sh. Blade and spine 4yrs ago. Have periodic dull chest pain on & off ever since when it's aggravated. Exercise suggestions?

Physical Therapy: You may want to consider contacting a physical therapist to help you get started. YouTube is also a good source of instructional videos about physical therapy. It is probably best however of you get a formal diagnosis first, and I would consider seeing an orthopedic surgeon for a more complete evaluation before starting a formal program. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Can a pulled or tear pectoral chest muscle cause chest pain when u breath in and out

Chest pain: The chest expands when you breath, the injured pectoral or intercostal muscle will complain about this.....Answer yes it can and will. ...Read more

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I have major chest pain, heavy pressure, tightness, sort of breath and goes down from my neck, upper back and shoulders is that normal?

NO: I have no idea how old you are? What other medical conditions you have?
The symptoms you are describing are not normal and need to be seen by your PMD right away or go to ER right now. It can be very serious or simple anxiet but you need to be seen right away to establish a diagnosis ...Read more

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I'm 45yo, healthy female who recently had three intense episodes of centralized chest pain after eating--dull, tight pressure lasted 30 mins. Cause?

I'm 45yo, healthy female who recently had three intense episodes of centralized chest pain after eating--dull, tight pressure lasted 30 mins. Cause?

Reflux?: This maybe related to reflux or other esophageal issues. While it is less likely to be related to your heart, I would have it checked out, better safe than sorry as the old saying goes. ...Read more

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Chest pains when I tighten my chest muscles?

See details: It is difficult to postulate a cause. The only suggestion I have is to see an orthopedist if the discomfort is an issue. Otherwise, see if it resolves with time. ...Read more

Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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Chest Pain (Definition)

The chest resides between the neck & abdomen. Chest pain refers to ...Read more