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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Pain (Definition)

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


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I have chest pain gets worse when blood pressure is being taken, what do you recommend?

I have chest pain gets worse when blood pressure is being taken, what do you recommend?

Have it evaluated.: A person with chest pain needs to be evaluated and treated appropriately. Multiple possible causes may be: heart attack, esophageal reflux, anxiety, musculoskeletal, pneumonia, pulmonary embolus, and aortic dissection. Have it evaluated right away to prevent potential serious complications. ...Read more

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What could this be a left chest pain gets worse when im breathing and feels like its radiating in from under my breast to the center and upper chest?

Fever?: If you've been ill, I I would think about pleurisy. If your pain is worse lying down and relieved sitting up, I would consider pericarditis. If you have fever, you should be evaluated promptly. ...Read more

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When I laugh the chest pain gets worse. But otherwise its a constant pain. Does this mean I am on my way to having a heart attack?

No: You should be able to tell when your pain began. It may be due to minor trauma, or some type of muscular or skeletal issue. You should see your physician for a complete checkup. ...Read more

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Have a flu it's 2nd day and I now have a bad middle chest pain/gets worse with movement/ feels like gas pain but isn't. What is this/normal for flu?

Costochondritis: It sounds like you may have strained part of the rib cage and the small muscles that attach each rib to the other rib. A violent cough or coughing fit could have caused that. Hopefully you can see a doctor to verify this. If this is 'the flu' there are anti-viral medications that you can take. Tylenol would help with the pain. There is of course a flu vaccine that I highly recommend to avoid this. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I have chest pain that gets worse when deep breath?

Not cardiac: Possible pleuritic chest pain, non specific and a nuisance more than dangerous. Try a short course (5-7 days) of nsaids with meals (ibuprofen/naproxen/etc). It may help.
If it does not, check with your pcp. ...Read more

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I have chest pain that is worse when pressed, what to do?

Hurts when pressed?: Pain that is worse when pressed is due to a sore superficial structure: a muscle, bone, joint, tendon, or ligament. You have a myofascial syndrome. This is not due to heart issues. Try taking an analgesic: Ibuprofen or Naproxen (instructions on the bottle). ...Read more

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I have chest pain worse when pressed, what do you recommend?

I have chest pain worse when pressed, what do you recommend?

Chest pain: If you have chest wall pain or inflammation in costochondral junctions, this can be treated with antiinflammatory drugs or local injection if necessary. To recommend something a history and physical exam is necessary and that isn't possible from here. If you are concerned see your dr. ...Read more

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I have chest pain all day everyday because I have g.e.r.d but why does my chest hurt worse at night?

I have chest pain all day everyday because I have g.e.r.d but why does my chest hurt worse at night?

Gravity: If chest pain is primarily due to GERD, then it is common to have worse pain at night. The reason is gravity. More stomach acid can leak out of your stomach into your esophagus causing burning. Also, the valve between your esophagus & stomach is less competent (more leaky) due to change in pressure gradient on either side due to lying down position & gravity. Recommend GERD medicine before bed. ...Read more

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It's been a week in a half and this cold gets better than it gets worse! It's going up and down with a persistent congested cough & chest pain?!

Infection: A good rule of thumb is that if an upper or lower respiratory infection persists beyond approximately 10 days, it likely has become a bacterial infection. You likely have a lower respiratory infection and need to see your doctor. Antibiotics probably would be helpful. Get seen soon and other supportive therapy will be given to make you feel better. ...Read more

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I feel left chest pain and sometimes burning it feels worse when I work a lot. I am 29 years. What could it be?

I feel left chest pain and sometimes burning it feels worse when I work a lot. I am 29 years. What could it be?

Chest pain: Chest pain even in a 29 year old female is nothing to just not worry about. The fact that it is worse with exertion is also concerning. Please go get this evaluated right away. This means today. This could be your heart!!!!!! ...Read more

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I have hade this chest pain on my left side that has last all day it hurts worse when I breath and move around.?

I have hade this chest pain on my left side that has last all day it hurts worse when I breath and move around.?

Eval recommended: Given your age and increased pain with breathing, this may be inflammation of the chest wall bones, cartilage (costochondritis) or inflamed lining around the lung (pleurisy). You should be evaluated as soon as possible to rule out more serious conditions, cardiac problem or even blood clot in the lung (Pulmonary Embolism). ...Read more

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I've been having constant chest pain for over an hour now and I feel like it's been getting worse. I'm 30 years old. Any idea what's going on?

I've been having constant chest pain for over an hour now and I feel like it's been getting worse. I'm 30 years old. Any idea what's going on?

Hard to say but: I wouldn't ignore chest pain. Unfortunately, many different things can cause chest pain, pulmonary (lung) sources like pleuritis, upper intestinal problem like reflux, musculoskeletal problems like costochondritis, more concerning heart issues and even just plain anxiety. You should seek an in-person evaluation and sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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Pinching chest pain on the right side since Sunday. Doesn't feel like deep pain. Worse when taking deep breaths and lying down on my right side or back?

Pinching chest pain on the right side since Sunday. Doesn't feel like deep pain. Worse when taking deep breaths and lying down on my right side or back?

Pleuritic Chest Pain: When chest pain worsens with deep breathing or chest wall movement, it is called Pleuritic, which is due to inflammation and rubbing of the Pleura, the thin lining of the Lungs,
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What causes left sided chest pain that is worse with inhalation?

What causes left sided chest pain that is worse with inhalation?

Multiple things: Could be a problem with skin, nerves, muscle, shoulder, lung, heart, or stomach. See your doctor for a more thorough history, physical exam and further evaluation. If you sleep on your stomach you could have a neck strain that radiates pain to the chest or arm. Get checked out just to make sure. ...Read more

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What's the solution for very bad chest pain from gas? It starts @ night and usually gets worse when laying down.

What's the solution for very bad chest pain from gas? It starts @ night and usually gets worse when laying down.

Diet: You need to change your diet, not eat late and you can use gas-x. Depending on your age, see doctor and make sure it is not heart related. ...Read more

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Hi. Been having sharp chest pain on the left side for few days now. It gets worse if I cough sneez or bend down to pick up something.

Sounds like pleurisy: Pleurisy is inflammation of lining around the lungs and can be very painful. If bringing up colored phlegm or if fever, could be pneumonia. Other concern is for a collapsed lung, called a pneumothorax. Best way to tell is see a dr for complete physical and chest xray. ...Read more

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What could cause one sided chest pain that is worse with inhalation?

Costocondritis: Without having much to go on, one possibilty is costocondritis. As the word implies, this is an inflammation of the rib cartilages. With breathing and therefore movement of the chest wall, this can elicit pain. This condition is usually self-limiting and the pain symptoms are treated with nsaids (motrin, for example). ...Read more

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Middle sharp chest pain, gradually getting worse especially if stressed or upset.?

Chest pain: Most likely is reflux, can try over the counter ranitidine or prevecid and see if helps. Avoid energy drinks, caffeine, alcohol smoking, spicy foods. Also check for h pylori a bacteria that sometimes complicates reflux. Alternatives includes gallbladder rarely in a young person cardiac due to spasm or structural abnormality. F/u/ w/ doc ...Read more

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Is frequent chest pain which is worse when taking a breath common with fibromyalgia?

No: While it can happen, I do not see it as common, and other causes of chest pain should be ruled out. The only way to do that is to go to the er. Please go and play it on the safe side. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Chest pain and heaviness been for week, yesterday got worse, feeling of heaviness in lt arm. 28 years old?

Need careful exam: Your symptoms could be from a lung, heart or GI problem. You really need a careful history and physical exam to determine the cause and to decide if further testing might be needed. The proper treatment will probably be quite evident if you take this approach. ...Read more

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Chest pain rt, and upper back lt. Aprox: 1 week, got worse yesterday and today feels more thight than pain?

Chest pain rt, and upper back lt. Aprox: 1 week, got worse yesterday and today feels more thight than pain?

Need careful exam: Your symptoms sound like they might be related to a pulmonary or heart problem. You deserve a careful cardiopulmonary exam by an experienced physician. ...Read more

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I have severe chest pain around my sternum which is worse when lying down and trying to move around. What could this be?

I have severe chest pain around my sternum which is worse when lying down and trying to move around. What could this be?

Go to the ER: Severe chest pain should never be taken lightly. The positional nature of the chest pain makes one think of a possible pericarditis (inflammation or infection of the lining around the heart) although this could be a heart attack, blood clot, lung infection, etc. All possibilities that are very serious and should be excluded rapidly. Especially because you are on an immunosuppressive. Go now! ...Read more

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25 yr old with the dull chest pain that comes and goes and moves around with no problems breathing dosent get worse with exercise?

Chest pain: It sounds like you may have musculoskeletal pain, take a few days of non antiinflamatories like motrin and if it doesn't help get it checked. ...Read more