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Chest Pain (Definition)

Many people with chest pain fear a heart attack. However, there are many possible causes of chest pain. Some causes are not dangerous to your health, while other causes are ...Read more


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I've noticed that usually when I have a chest pain , drinking alcohol relievse it till next morning, next morning I feel squeezing chest pain.why?

I've noticed that usually when I have a chest pain , drinking alcohol relievse it till next morning, next morning  I feel squeezing chest pain.why?

Panic attack: You are self medicating panic attacks with alcohol. Alcohol helps as a tranquilizer but is a terrible drug to treat these problems since it depletes serotonin (making you depressed over time) and is too short acting so you feel worse when it wears off. See a psychiatrist who can advise on proper rx of panic disorder. ...Read more

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Left sided chest pain hurts to press on , quite localized but worse when drinking alcohol? Could it still be cardiac? Have had normal ECG and echo.

Left sided chest pain hurts to press on , quite localized but worse when drinking alcohol? Could it still be cardiac? Have had normal ECG and echo.

Probably gastritis. : If alcohol makes it worse it's probably GI and not cardiac. Try taking some Pepcid 20mg twice a day for about 6 weeks, and lay off the booze for a while. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have chest pains and pain in my left arm and back till i drink alcohol.... Why does the drinking make me feel normal? I also feel light headed

I have chest pains and pain in my left arm and back till i drink alcohol.... Why does the drinking make me feel normal?  I also feel light headed

You need evaluation: I have no idea what the pain is, or why drinking alcohol makes it better, but you need to talk to your doctor. Hypertension in a 22 year old man is distinctly abnormal, and if your doctor has not tested you for more unusual causes of hypertension (coarctation of the aorta, primary hyperaldosteronism, renal artery stenosis and others), you should be tested for these. Talk to him about drinking also. ...Read more

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Why am i having tight chest after drinking alcohol?

Why am i having tight chest after drinking alcohol?

This is serious.: Symptoms of alcohol intolerance may include: headache, flushing, hives, nasal congestion, GI upset, nausea/vomiting ; low blood pressure. You could be allergic to alcohol or it's ingredients such as yeast, grains, sulfites, histamines ; other chemicals. ...Read more

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Sick stomach and tight pain across chest especially after drinking alcohol. Get sick also but don't drink often large amounts?

Sick stomach and tight pain across chest especially after drinking alcohol. Get sick also but don't drink often large amounts?

Ulcer, pancreatitis: This kind of pain, especially after taking alcohol would be a stomach (or duodenal) ulcer or irritation if the pancreas called pancreatitis. I would advise not drinking alcohol and visiting your doctor to be evaluated. If untreated, this can get very serious. ...Read more

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What causes occasional tightness in chest, neck and jaw after drinking alcohol?

Always think the: Worst case scenario. The signs and symptoms you described come from heart condition until proven otherwise . You need to see your doc and get the necessary test to rule our any cardiac condition .Good luck. ...Read more

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