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Does anxiety cause shortness of breath?

Does anxiety cause shortness of breath?

For sure: It's a common cause. Just be sure there isn't something more ominous present too. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Why does anxiety cause shortness of breath?

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Why does anxiety cause shortness of breath?

Anxiety: During an attack there is overflow of adrenaline which stimulates rapid breathing which can be perceived as shortness of breath, along with some narrowing of breathing passages. ...Read more

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Can anxiety from OCD cause chest tightness?

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Can anxiety from OCD cause chest tightness?

Yes: Anxietycan cause a variety of symptoms, one of them could be chest tightness, palpitations, sweating, dizziness etc. ...Read more

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Does extreme stress and anxiety cause chest pain/stinging?

Does extreme stress and anxiety cause chest pain/stinging?

Yes, it can: Acute anxiety can cause many things including Panic Attacks. These can have a lot of distressing affects on the physical body. These are so serious and distressing that some people go to the ER thinking they are having a heart attack. It is important to learn techniques to prevent the attacks from progressing to that level ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause constant chest discomfort?

Can anxiety cause constant chest discomfort?

Yes indeed: You are correct - there are anxiety relieving techniques and drugs - speak to your doctor, get a good physical and ask about stress relieving options ...Read more

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Does remecaide cause wheezing or chest tightness?

Does remecaide cause wheezing or chest tightness?

No: That was not a side effect listed by the manufacturer under fda guidelines. ...Read more

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Can depression and anxiety cause intense chest pain or shortness of breath?

Yes: Yes, they can cause a myriad of symptoms. Check with your pcp (md) do eliminate any cardiac problems however. ...Read more

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Does GERD causes anxiety, shortness of breath and palpatations?

Does GERD causes anxiety, shortness of breath and palpatations?

No: Gerd does not usually cause symptoms like anxiety, shortness of breath, and palpitations. But anxiety disorders, exposure to some stimulant medications, and certain other conditions can. Please see your physician about this. ...Read more

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Does chest congestion cause heart palpitations?

Does chest congestion cause heart palpitations?

Generic symptoms: Palpitations is a very non specific or generic symptom which means anything in theory cause it. Whether the palpitations are something pathologic like an abnormal heart rhythm requires more careful evaluation by your doctors. ...Read more

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Does depression and anxiety cause shortness of breath?

Yes,: severe anxiety can cause shortness of breath. There are other possibilities, so if you are experiencing acute symptoms, please get evaluated by your doc. ...Read more

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Does stress cause chest pain?

Does stress cause chest pain?

It Can: Chest pain can be caused by a number of factors that are not cardiac in nature. Physical stress or exercise, for example, can cause costochondritis. (check for pain that is reproducible when pushing on the chest.) emotional stress, anxiety, and panic can also cause acute chest pain that may feel like a heart attack but isn't. See your doctor to discuss symptoms and get a baseline ekg. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause constant shortness of breath?

Can anxiety cause constant shortness of breath?

Anxiety: Yes & No Anxiety can cause or mimic so many other conditions. We have to R/O cardia or pulmonary /lung problems completely before we think Shortness of breath is due to anxiety. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause chest pain and heat?

Yes it could: Especially if a consequence of your anxiety is hyperventilation. See a mental health counselor and get your emotions under control. Could we guide you here online via a Concierge visit? ...Read more

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Does paroxetine cause chest pain?

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Does paroxetine cause chest pain?

Not known to: Paxil (paroxetine) side effects do not include chest pain. But they may have in overdose where tachycardia can occur which may itself cause chest pain. ...Read more

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Does anxiety and stress cause indegestion/minor chest and upper abdomen discomfort?

It can: You need to see your provider to be examined. Ask for a referral to a therapist - just a prescription for anxiety medication will not be as effective as learning how to avoid, reduce and manage stress and anxiety. CBT can do that. If meds are needed you can have them too. ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause trouble breathing and chest pains?

For sure: It's a common cause. Just be sure there's nothing more ominous going on as well. ...Read more

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Can pvc's cause chest tightness and shortness of breath?

PVC's : In a healthy 31 yr old male, pvc's are almost never the cause of any major issues. Mostly likely, you're having some anxiety when experiencing pvc's (which is very common)! nevertheless, get a check up to make sure there isn't anything else going on. If you're checkup is clean, i bet those symptoms will go away after getting the proper reassurance. ...Read more

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Can anxiety from OCD cause chest tightness?

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Yes: Anxietycan cause a variety of symptoms, one of them could be chest tightness, palpitations, sweating, dizziness etc. ...Read more

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Albuterol can cause chest tightness, irregular heart beat, high BP, and anxiety. I have Irritable Heart Syndrome. Is this safe to take for allergies?

Albuterol can cause chest tightness, irregular heart beat, high BP, and anxiety. I have Irritable Heart Syndrome. Is this safe to take for allergies?

Medicine indication: The albuterol can cause those symptoms, but not always. It's possible it could mimic the symptoms of irritable heart syndrome but should not cause damage to the heart. Albuterol is not commonly used as an allergy drug unless you get allergy-induced asthma/bronchospasm. If your allergic symptoms are more nose and eyes, albuterol will not be helpful relief. Try an antihistamine or nasal steroid Rx. ...Read more

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I am 4'10 105 pounds. I am slim build in an effort to become thin i tried hydroxycut recommend dose. can caffeine OD cause throat pain? (I had other symptoms last night such as insomnia, anxiety, chest tightness, irregular heart beat)

I am 4'10 105 pounds. I am slim build in an effort to become thin i tried hydroxycut recommend dose. can caffeine OD cause throat pain? (I had other symptoms last night such as insomnia, anxiety, chest tightness, irregular heart beat)

Caffeine can do: all the things you mentioned, but so can poor diet. Please see your doc because the symptoms you mention are dangerous. You also need to be evaluated for a possible eating disorder. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Little episodes of left chest tightness during excercise.. 20 years old.. Have moderate anxiety.. Should I be worried? What is happening to me?

Little episodes of left chest tightness during excercise.. 20 years old.. Have moderate anxiety.. Should I be worried? What is happening to me?

Not enough info, but: Whenever left, chest, tightness are said - I'd advise an exam. No, you should not worry since that would only make it worse. But anyone who exercises should have a good exam to help determine the appropriate types and levels to start at and rates to progress at. Your BMI and history and many other details will matter for planning your best routine. Best! ...Read more

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How to get rid of chest tightness and pain from anxiety?

Treat the anxiety: Itself to decrease these symptoms. Breath in slowly ; deeply through your nostrils. Fill your lungs with air (but not to the point of discomfort). Hold for a count of five then slowly begin to exhale through an open mouth. Repeat at least 12 times, longer if you need to. If you haven't been assessed for your panic/ anxiety - that would be prudent. Anxiety is no fun but it is treatable. ...Read more

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Non stop chest tightness for a 2weeks. Afraid its something bigger. checked out a while ago said it was nothing. Anxiety. Should I see the doc again?

Non stop chest tightness for a  2weeks. Afraid its something bigger. checked out a while ago said it was nothing. Anxiety. Should I see the doc again?

Treat the anxiety!: Anxiety can be caused by many things, can be a symptom of several conditions & can cause/mimic e a variety of somatic ( physical) symptoms including chest pain. Anxiety too can impact your life & your being. It responds to treatment which may include various forms of supports, talk therapy and /or medication. See your doctor,decide together if further tests are needed & get treatment. ...Read more

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Anxiety, pvc's and chest tightness at night only. During the day i feel fine.?

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Anxiety: Anxiety episodes not uncommon at night, and can be treated with medications & cognitive therapy. Make sure u r cleared medically as far as heart condition, through consultation with your primary care doc. ...Read more

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Im 19 been having chest tightness and trouble catching breathe for three weeks on and off. I'm overweight and have anxiety. What could it be?

Im 19 been having chest tightness and trouble catching breathe for three weeks on and off. I'm overweight and have anxiety. What could it be?

Great question: Anxiety attacks are one possibility, however there are medical conditions that can also cause your symptoms as well as the misuse of drugs such as amphetamines or cocaine. The first thing is to have an evaluation by a primary care physician. If you have no medical conditions that are causing your symptoms, seek a psychiatry evaluation - this can help a lot with your symptoms. ...Read more

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My anxiety is through the roof today. I can feel the chest tightness building. Don't want to take anti depressants. What do you suggest?

My anxiety is through the roof today.  I can feel the chest tightness building. Don't want to take anti depressants. What do you suggest?

Call a friend: Anxiety is overwhelming. You can feel so alone. So scared and so helpless, you are not, however. Take control of the situation and your disease. You are a fantastic person and can control this. Learn to deep breathe when the attacks occur. Plan with a friend/family member when your anxiety comes that you can contact them. Many insurances have a nurses hotline you can contact. Use it. Good luck! ...Read more

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Chest tightness/discomfort & the tip of my tounge starts tingling. Took .25 mg anti anxiety med. Nothing really got better, take another?

Chest tightness/discomfort  & the tip of my tounge starts tingling. Took .25 mg anti anxiety med. Nothing really got better, take another?

Chest pains : Regardless, could be only muscle pain. However, pain in your chest with the symptoms you have described is a serious medical condition. It is always a red flag and appointment with your PCP or a cardiologist is warranted. Take care. ...Read more

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I just increased my Lexapro (escitalopram) to 20mg in the am and i take 50 mg of trazadone in the pm. I start getting anxiety (chest tightness) around am?

Transient Medication: Many people report that immediately after increasing the dose of a medication like lexapro, (escitalopram) they experience a period of a few days of increased jitteriness and perhaps sleep disruption. This occurs before the beneficial effects which are to reduce anxiety. ...Read more

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I took mdma oraly, my heart rate has been around 10-135BPM 3 hrs. Chest tightness. Oral temp-99.8F,rectal-100. i'm am having weird anxiety. any help?

I took mdma oraly, my heart rate has been around 10-135BPM 3 hrs. Chest tightness. Oral temp-99.8F,rectal-100. i'm am having weird anxiety. any help?

Don't Do It: MDMA or Moly or Ecstasy causes the very symptoms you describe. It has no legitimate medical use. Your current symptoms will go away in a few hours. ...Read more

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Been diagnosed with anxiety & depression. I get chest tightness which is very painful. Been given diazepam to ease it but will it go away permanently?

Am making the: Assumption that the chest tightness is related to anxiety ;/or panic. Diazepam is treating your symptoms. I don't know what meds you are on - but it would be good if you took something that can help to heal the underlying depression/ anxiety. Yes, the chest tightness is likely to resolve over time. Acupuncture has helped some of my patients who had this issue (auricular trauma protocol). ...Read more

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I am taking Lexapro (escitalopram) for anxiety. I just increased to 5 mg and have bad chest tightness. All heart tests are fine. Should I be worried? Suggestions.

I am taking Lexapro (escitalopram) for anxiety. I just increased to 5 mg and have bad chest tightness. All heart tests are fine. Should I be worried? Suggestions.

Maybe: Anytime you don't feel well, it is a concern. It is good that your heart tests are fine, but how extensive was your work-up. Ibuprofen could be causing stomach or esophageal irritation which can present as chest tightness too. Talk to your doc and see if you should lower the dose of Lexapro (escitalopram) till this is sorted out. If your chest pain persists see a cardiologist to be certain. ...Read more

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4yrs ago I snorted meth.after ive never been the same. I have severe anxiety, chest tightness,nervousness & mind races, will I ever be the same again?

Anxiety vs. other: Anxiety symptoms occur in the setting of several different medical conditions and states. The key to feeling normal once again may involve arriving at a proper diagnosis of ones condition(s). For instance, there are medical conditions that cause the release of circulating catecholamines (adrenalin) The body reacts to the resultant increased heart rate and state of arousal with anxiety. See Dr. ...Read more

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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


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