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Chest Pain What To Do
When to see a doc?: Severe back pain that is associated with: weakness in the leg, problems controlling your bowels or bladder, numbness when wiping yourself with toilet paper should be seen immediately by a doctor: http://www.webmd.com/back-pain/living-with-low-back-pain-11/when-to-call-doctor ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have a checkup: Chest pains or angina from a blocked artery to the heart typically occur with exertion and might be a pressure or heaviness or burning in the mid chest or radiate to the neck or shoulder or arm. Pains that occur only at rest, last only a few seconds, are worse with swallowing or twisting/ bending may not be from the heart. The best way to find out more is to have a checkup with you doctor. ...Read more
Treat the source: There are many causes of chest pain. If from GI tract may respond to antacids or otc med like Prilosec or zantac (ranitidine). Inflammatory pain (pleurisy, costochondritis, pericarditis) will respond to anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen. Heart pain will respond to nitroglycerine. See you doctor to determine the source of your chest discomfort, and he/she will recommend appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Serious chest pain: Go see a doctor or if really bad go to the ER. ...Read more
See your doctor: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See PCP: It is important not to ignore chest. Every organ and tissue in the chest cavity can be a source of the pain. A proper diagnosis is essential in preparing a proper treatment plan. The pcp will also evaluate the lower back and determine the cause. Your pcp will determine if a home treatment protocol is appropriate or if she/he should refer you to the proper specialties. ...Read more
It depends: There are many potential causes of chest pain, from musculoskeletal to respiratory to cardiac/heart, among others. Without a complete history & exam, it's impossible to determine the cause of your chest pain. You should make an appointment w/ your primary physician to determine what testing or treatment is needed. IF IT'S NEW CHEST PAIN WITH EXERTION, YOU SHOULD GO TO THE CLOSEST ER IMMEDIATELY ...Read more
Chest pain: There are many causes of chest pain, the heart is but one, intestinal gas and thoracic musculoskeletal pains are very common, anxiety and panic attacks likewise are frequent causes. You should always ask the doctors who see you what they think is the problem you came for and what to do about it. ...Read more
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