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I Feel Like Someone Is Squeezing My Chest
The list is long: Angina, caused by insufficient blood flow to the heart, is at the top of the list. However, depending on your age, gender, and risk factors for heart disease, other common causes include: stress or anxiety, acid-reflux, muscular tension (sometimes due to subtle changes in activity, seated position, or carrying bag and not necessarily lifting barbells!), asthma or copd, and costochondritis. ...Read more
I have had random really sharp chest pains that feel like someone is squeezing my chest and then letting go, what can it be?
Likey muscular: If the pain lasts less than 5 minutes at a time and/or you can make it worse or better by moving upper chest or arms then it is likely muscular in origin or even a pinched nerve. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen for a short time period of less than a week should be enough. Longer than that should be looked at by your doctor. If not relieved by the above then see your doctor sooner to see what else is going on ...Read more
I feel like someone is squeezing or sitting on the center of my chest what could this be? Its very uncomfortable.
24 y/o M c CP: This is not an uncommon compliant encountered by doctors and most turn out to be benign. If symptoms are severe, not subsiding, progressing, associated with other symptoms such as shortness of breath, it merits emergency room visit to rule out serious conditions such as such as ruptured lung and pressure build up around the heart. ...Read more
I have chest pain, that feels as though someone is squeezing my chest. Now my heart feels cold and my back shoulder is numb?
Seek care asap: go to the ER if you can't immediately see your PCP. This is not to be ignored or delayed in getting help. ...Read more
I have heart flutters. It also feels like someone is squeezing or stepping on my chest. Could this be digestive health related?
Possibly but would : Rule out cardiac etiology.Get a more detailed answer ›
Could this be a panic attack or something else? Lately I have been getting an icy feeling in my chest, making me short of breath, and like someone is squeezing my left arm tightly. The pain lasts for a few seconds and goes away, but over the last few day
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Chest feels tight with uncomfortable pressure. Resting heart rate is 66 per min. Feels like someone is squeezing my heart. What is wrong?
Many possibilities: There are many reasons you may have an uncomfortable sensation in your chest. Have you been sick lately or been feeling anxious? Anxiety and respiratory tract infections are common causes of chest discomfort. Consider seeing your doctor for a proper history and physical exam. ...Read more
Since yesterday it feels like someone grabbing n squeezing (few seconds at time, over n over) the inside of center of my chest n back. What is this?
Could be cardiac: You need go to er for cardiac work up asap. ...Read more
An Emergency: I am very worried when i see a man turn to the computer rather than the phone and dialing 911. This is an emergency. You need to find out why your chest is having squeezing pain. And , you only have minutes to save your life. Call 911. ...Read more
What is that brief squeezing sensation in the center of my chest. Once it starts it goes away and been feeling it sporadically for a few years.
Cardiac VS Reflux: First, you need to prove to yourself this is not cardiac, so discuss this with your doctor. Call tomorrow and get an appointment. If basic cardiac work up is ok, then reflux can be considered. Gerd can cause occasional esophageal spasm, which can mimic cardiac pain. It's usually relieved by swallowing liquid. Again, see your doctor soon. Good luck. ...Read more
My daughter for about 8 times now or so has been complaining of kinda sharp squeezing pain on the left side of her chest, what is this? P.S she's 13yr
Several things: Gastroesophageal reflux is most common cause of chest pain in adolescents. Costochondritis or inflammation of anterior ribs and strained muscles can cause pain. Referred pain from below diaphragm such as gaseous distention of splenic flexure of colon , stomach distention , and pancreatitis. In the chest pleuritis, infammation of lining of left lung. ...Read more
I have chest pain in between the breatbone when I exhale, while I lay down. A squeezing pain, with body spasms. Ctscans where made with no issues.help?
CT - when?: It's reassuring to know that your CT was normal but was it done for this illness (recently?). Your symptoms can be due to muscular pain, pleurisy or pericarditis. If you have fever, you need repeat chest x-ray, blood count and echo. Otherwise, I'd try an analgesic - ibuprofen or naprosyn (naproxen). ...Read more
The past days i've been experiencing pain in my right chest. It started out pretty mild. Now it's a sharp squeezing pain and in my back too. And ideas?
Could be lungs: Or chest wall. If it is lung, it could be pneumonia, pleuritis, pneumothorax, pulmonary embolus, etc. If it is chest wall, it could be muscle spasm, floating rib, shingles, etc. Too many possibilities to list here, some of them serious. Go see a doctor to help figure it out. ...Read more
Cheat pain: Absolutely, although pain related to a direct injury usually does not present in this fashion. However, heart attacks can result in chest pain, pressure/squeezing and burning sensation. While unlikely in a patient of your age, you should see your doctor. "Chest pain" can come from many things, including reflux of acid from the stomach to the throat. Medical examination will be important. ...Read more
I've noticed some dark bumps on my chest kind of look like black heads but when I tried squeezing them nothing comes out. What can it be ?
Cannot cay: It is hard to say what you have on your chest. You may have cysts that are deep enough that you cannot squeeze the contents out. I would see either your primary care physician or dermatologist. ...Read more
Acid, asthma, heart!: Most likely source of chest tightness occurring at rest at night with or without nausea is gastroesophageal problem (heartburn, acid reflux, ulcer). Another source is lung-related (asthma, COPD). The deadliest source is heart-related (heart attack, heart disease, irregular heartbeat, blood clot in heart/lung). GO TO ER NOW to rule out a heart problem!!! If ER clears you, then go to PCP for eval. ...Read more
If this is an: Acute episode - please call 911. A cardiac event needs to be ruled out. ...Read more
All possible causes of squeezing chest pain in center? Can exercise just fine but unexplained squeezing pain at rest that lasts 5-8 seconds
Heartburn: The joining point of your swallow tube to the stomach is located just in back of the heart & slightly left of the center of your chest. Brief squeezing pain would be likely if you have a little back wash/leaking of stomach acid while the stomach squeezes your meal. Antacid tablets could provide some rapid relief. ...Read more
Last night was the second night that I had squeezing chest pains. I only happens at night but not every night. Could it be warning of a heat attack?
Unlikely but...: Many things can cause squeezing chest pains. Heart attacks are extremely rare in 19 yo women. However, spasm of the esophagus caused by acid reflux can cause identical symptoms and is MUCH more common in young women. Thus it is much more likely that this is related to esophageal spasm than a heart problem. It would be wise to see a doc to evaluate. Also see http://tinyurl.com/p88fxjm ...Read more
Happened at ages13 and 21. Sleep deprivation with stress causes squeezing pain in center of chest but can exercise perfectly. No other symptoms?
Chest pain: needs to be taken seriously. Please go to your emergency room or see your doctor. What happened at age 13 may be different from age 21. Can be anything from cardiac-related to chest muscle issues but you need to find out. Peace and good health. ...Read more
I'm a 36 year old white male, non drinker, non smoker. I'm having a squeezing pain in my chest and neck, and my Bp is 191/132 w/pulse 68 at rest?
I am 22 yr. male, I am experiencing a squeezing and crushing sensation in my upper left chest ( around 2nd costal cartilage) when eating food. ?
FirstCheckYourDiet: If you were older I'd suggest you go get yourself checked ASAP because those kinds of discomforts could be due to a heart problem. Much less likely at your age but not impossible. Because it's when you are eating (or after?) I'd first try and see if it is something specific I'm eating that is the cause, The acid from your stomach could be coming back up. So if this persists, see a doctor. ...Read more
Since last night, ive been feeling like someone's been squeezing my stomach and chest then followed by an acidic feeling in my stomach?
Get checked out: Your symptoms are too vague to be certain of a diagnosis however they could represent cardiac or significant gastro issues. Anytime symptoms like this last this long it is best to consider getting checked out rather than waiting to see what might happen next. Go see a health care professional and get an evaluation as soon as possible. ...Read more
Im 17 with left side chest pain. No trouble breathing. Pain come and goes. Feels like someone is pushing down or squeezing my chest. Normal chest xray?
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