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Doctor insights on: Difficulty Breathing Tightness In Chest

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Tightness (Definition)

Chest tightness is the feeling of a "squeezing" or a pressure in the chest. Sometimes there is an associated breathing difficulty. There are numerous potential causes. Heart attack, angina, pericarditis, chest wall pain, heart rhythm condition, esophagus spasm, lung condition are ...Read more


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If you have difficulty breathing/chest tightness from Reflux, is it possible for it to respond to rescue inhalers. (Not sure if I have asthma yet)?

If you have difficulty breathing/chest tightness from Reflux, is it possible for it to respond to rescue inhalers. (Not sure if I have asthma yet)?

Probably not: If you do not have asthma, a rescue inhaler is unlikely to help you. On the other hand, reflux often co-exists with asthma and treating the reflux often reduces the chest symptoms without improving the lung function. ...Read more

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Stuffy nose, face congestion, difficulty breathing, chest tightness and extremely tired. Also tender spot on neck. Should I go to the doctor?

Stuffy nose, face congestion, difficulty breathing, chest tightness and extremely tired. Also tender spot on neck. Should I go to the doctor?

See physician: Sounds like upper respiratory infection which can be viral or bacterial. bronchitis or pneumonia. Most commonly viral subsides with time in days to weeks. High fever leans more toward bacterial. Lump in neck probably reactive node. With difficulty breathing and chest tightness should consult physician for physical exam, possibly blood tests, and imaging exam. ...Read more

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I have a lump on/behind my sternum no Injury but difficulty breathing over 3mths. Tight heavy chest. What could it be?

I have a lump on/behind my sternum no Injury but difficulty breathing over 3mths. Tight heavy chest. What could it be?

Any lump: Should be investigated. Please see you physician as soon as possible for a thorough history and physical exam. ...Read more

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Chest tightness/difficulty breathing after snorting stimulant. What do you suggest?

Chest tightness/difficulty breathing after snorting stimulant. What do you suggest?

Snorting: Your body is telling you something. I suggest you take care of it, it will take care of you. ...Read more

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Chest tightness when showering. Difficulty breathing & HR elevated. Bending over helped breathing/pain. HR ~130bpm. Could low heat have caused this?

Chest tightness when showering. Difficulty breathing & HR elevated. Bending over helped breathing/pain. HR ~130bpm. Could low heat have caused this?

Chest pain: Betty512~ are you taking BCP. If yes, please see a Dr to rule out pulmonary embolus. Please don't ignore this and please see a doc to rule out sinister causes of this pain. Heart attack is very very low on the list of worries but I would do an EKG thanks ...Read more

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Tightness in chest, difficulty breathing, but heart rate's normal, what could it be?

Tightness in chest, difficulty breathing, but heart rate's normal, what could it be?

Many causes: Could be cardiac origin- blockage in arteries, or valve problem; could be lung origin- asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, bronchitis; could be unrelated to heart or lungs- anxiety, anemia, etc. Need a good evaluation to figure out what testing to best evaluate this. ...Read more

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Chest tightness, difficulty breathing. I have allergies, as well as anxiety, making the situation worse. How to get rid of chest congestion anxiety?

Chest tightness, difficulty breathing. I have allergies, as well as anxiety, making the situation worse. How to get rid of chest congestion anxiety?

Control the asthma: It is understandable that when one can't breathe well, one often gets anxiety and thus you need to see someone, preferably an allergist, to get your asthma under control since you are not taking anything for it.
On the other hand, anxiety can worsen asthma and only when we can get your asthma under control can we be certain on which is the chicken and which the egg. ...Read more

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Difficulty breathing (really having to draw breath in), tightness in chest and light headed feeling/headache. Previously tested clear for astma, cause?

Difficulty breathing (really having to draw breath in), tightness in chest and light headed feeling/headache. Previously tested clear for astma, cause?

Allergy: You menot be fitting the criteria for asthma but ' reactive airway disease ' possible. Panic attack, mitral valve disease, psychosomatic disease can cause it. See pmd. ...Read more

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Burping, chest tightness, bloating, difficulty breathing for 5 straight days. Is this a digestive or heart issue?

Burping, chest tightness, bloating, difficulty breathing for 5 straight days. Is this a digestive or heart issue?

Hard to tell: Need further info. How long does pain last? Does physical activity provoke or exacerbate the pain? How old are you? Do you smoke? Does heart disease run in your family? These questions should be answered to a health care professional, probably sooner than later. Don't presume to know what your problem is before you can have a doctor or extender. ...Read more

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Does being nervous and angry cause chest tightness and breathing difficulty? I have these from yesterday after going through argument.

Does being nervous and angry cause chest tightness and breathing difficulty? I have these from yesterday after going through argument.

Yes, possible: Anxiety disorders and type A personalities are common confounders and contributors to heart disease. So yes, heated arguments can cause physical symptoms; sometimes it needs treatment and testing, other times, no. TTYD or seek help on HealthTap Prime for better guidance. ...Read more

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Chest tightness, breathing difficulty, chesty cough, no fever. What does this sound like?

Chest tightness, breathing difficulty, chesty cough, no fever. What does this sound like?

Respiratory symptoms: Cough, chest tightness and shortness of breath are 3 of the 4 common symptoms of asthma. Wheezing is the other symptom. Fever is not a sign seen with asthma. Other respiratory diagnoses can also have similar symptoms, but a lung specialist (allergist or pulmonologist) can perform tests to confirm the diagnosis and find appropriate therapy. ...Read more

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What would cause episodic trouble breathing and tightness in chest?

What would cause episodic trouble breathing and tightness in chest?

Many causes: There are many causes to your symptoms...Allergies, asthma, reaction to meds, certain heart murmurs, arrythmias, stress/panic attacks...And more.
For any of these see your doc for a thorough evaluation and possible meds. ...Read more

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I'm having trouble breathing well/ chest tightness?

I'm having trouble breathing well/ chest tightness?

Vhst Pain/Tightness: Chest pain with a "tightness" or feeling of pressure upon the chest is common in coronary heart disease. If the amount of tightness for a given amount of activity is increasing over weeks/months, heart disease is more suspect. An early visit to your doctor for a thorough evaluation as to heart disease seems important. ...Read more

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Hi I have a question 4 years ago I broke cfl light bulb by accident I was wondering what effect will it do to me because when it I had symptoms of chest tightness and breathing problems to this day I still have bit of chest tightness I am scared that I ha

Hi I have a question 4 years ago I broke cfl light bulb by accident I was wondering what effect will it do to me because when it I had symptoms of chest tightness and breathing problems to this day I still have bit of chest tightness I am scared that I ha

Anxiety, not the CFL: Chances of having symptoms from 1 CFL bulb are miniscule... laughably remote. It's much more likely that coincidentally the bulb broke and u experienced chest tightness & shallow breathing (symptoms of a panic attack or anxiety disorder) at the same time. If u r not under treatment, the panic attacks can continue, in abbreviated form, until u do get it diagnosed & treated properly. TTYD about it. ...Read more

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What to do about chest tightness and labored breathing?

What to do about chest tightness and labored breathing?

Heart esophagus lung: The most serious possibility is angina which is a symptom of myocardial ischemia; that is poor circulation to the heart.

Another possiblity is that the tube that connects ones mouth to the stomach may have a problem.

Another possibility is that the lungs are affected by an infection such as preumonia. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have chest tightness after having heartburn? I'm not having trouble breathing and this has happened multiple times

Is it normal to have chest tightness after having heartburn? I'm not having trouble breathing and this has happened multiple times

Yes: Yes it is normal to feel chest tightness after having heart burn. This is very common reason people get scared and end up in emergency. But it is treatable with simple acid suppressant medication and avoiding hot and spicy food and some other healthy eating habits. ...Read more

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Tightness in chest, anxious, trouble breathing after having eyes dilated and the last 2 times I've had dental freezing. What am I having a reaction to?

Tightness in chest, anxious, trouble breathing after having eyes dilated and the last 2 times I've had dental freezing. What am I having a reaction to?

Symptoms: Find out what drugs were used for the dilation and the dental procedures and discuss with your doctor. Without that information can only speculate. ...Read more

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What is meant by my pulmonar doctor telling me my chest tightness and lung pain and breathing problems is due to ischemia of the lung?

What is meant by my pulmonar doctor telling me my chest tightness and lung pain and breathing problems is due to ischemia of the lung?

Shrinking lungs: Your lungs are shrivelling up. If you're still smoking stop if not don't start again.
Go have another chest x-ray and see your lung dr about solutions to make you comfortable. ...Read more

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What causes tightness in the chest and difficulty breathing?

Heart Disease!: These are symptoms of a heart attack! Go to the er immediately! ...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


Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more