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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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Are chest tightness, tiredness, shortness of breath, and light headedness early, mid, or late asthma attack symptoms?

Are chest tightness, tiredness, shortness of breath, and light headedness early, mid, or late asthma attack symptoms?

Asthma: These are common symptoms in asthma exacerbations of all degrees and should prompt you to seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Apart from asthma, what conditions lead to chest tightness?

Apart from asthma, what conditions lead to chest tightness?

Heart disease: Although uncommon in a 35 yo female, coronary heart disease comes to mind. You need to ask your doctor to check you out. ...Read more

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What is the best way to relieve chest tightness from asthma?

What is the best way to relieve chest tightness from asthma?

Your meds: Albuterol or other short acting bronchodilators temporarily and inhaled steroids for maintenance and, if needed, oral steroids acutely for severe flares. ...Read more

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Re-occuring chest tightness/heavinessi have asthma / age 24, what to do?

Re-occuring chest tightness/heavinessi have asthma / age 24, what to do?

See a physician ASAP: Without more details, you may well have uncontrolled asthma. That requires regular daily medication, not just a "rescue" inhaler such as albuterol. At your age, you may need to be evaluated for heart disease as well. See an internist first. If it is determined that it is most probably asthma, see an allergist/immunologist as well. ...Read more

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I have asthma and I can't sleep at night. I feel chest tightness but I can sleep in the afternoons. Please help?

I have asthma and I can't sleep at night. I feel chest tightness but I can sleep in the afternoons. Please help?

Check sleep apnea: Asthma can be related to sleep apnea - have your physician refer you for a sleep test or find a dentist who has a home tester. ...Read more

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All along healthy person (age 15) developed cough and chest tightness. Dr. Says asthma. Is there a test/approach to confirm?

All along healthy person (age 15) developed cough and chest tightness. Dr. Says asthma. Is there a test/approach to confirm?

Spirometry: Asthma is commonly diagnosed based on medical history, family history, and physical examination. Spirometry is a test that measures how well lungs are working is commonly used in confirming the diagnosis of asthma. Other tests commonly used in the diagnosis of asthma include allergy testing and blood oxygen saturation and chest xray. ...Read more

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Follow-up quest. 16 yo female. Chest tightness in morning with some diff. W/ breathing. History of severe asthma in family.?

Follow-up quest. 16 yo female. Chest tightness in morning with some diff. W/ breathing. History of severe asthma in family.?

Be checked: If you feel she is safe drive her to the hospital, otherwise call 911 to assess her. It is hard to know what you are dealing with until a doctor takes a history and exams her. All the best. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone to have asthma but not have the wheezing or full blown chest tightness?

Yes but not typical: Asthmatic attacks often start with a cough but usually progress to a tightness in the chest and wheezing. Usually respond to using an inhaler with brochdilator, inhaled steroid or both. ...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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Cause of chest-tightness and shortness of breath after taking QVAR 40 mcg? Just a routine asthma control regime.

Cause of chest-tightness and shortness of breath after taking QVAR 40 mcg? Just a routine asthma control regime.

Call Doc: Any inhalers used for asthma have the potential to cause chest symptoms. If one is experiencing side effects from a medicine then it is best to discuss this with the prescribing Doctor, ...Read more

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Can an increase in my dosage of symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) be causing more chest tightness? I have asthma.

Can an increase in my dosage of symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) be causing more chest tightness? I have asthma.

No: Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) cannot be used more than 2 puffs twice a day, it comes in 2 different strengths 80/4.5 and 160/4.5mcg. You cannot double the 80 to get to the 160, as you are also doubling the second ingredient formeterol. This is not safe. You need to talk to your doctor asap to discuss your symptoms. ...Read more

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4y/o w/severe asthma had atelectasis in 1 lung, 3mnth ago. Dr said from asthma but he has recurring cyanosis & chest tightness. Is this normal?

4y/o w/severe asthma had atelectasis in 1 lung, 3mnth ago. Dr said from asthma but he has recurring cyanosis & chest tightness. Is this normal?

Not normal: Can be expected with uncontrolled asthma, your child needs more follow up, and good adherence to treatment plan, uncontrolled severe asthma, can be unfortunately a killer, please get evaluated by an asthma specialist, either a pulmonologist or an allergist ...Read more

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Coughing up small green mucus balls either in early morning or late night. Mucus is mostly clear but I get chest tightness and wheezing. Asthma?

Coughing up small green mucus balls either in early morning or late night. Mucus is mostly clear but I get chest tightness and wheezing. Asthma?

Reactive airways: Meaning: your lower airways are reacting by tightening up, which could be asthma, or a reaction to an upper airways inflammation, as sinusitis, either way, you need to see your doctor for evaluation and prescription medications as bronchodilators and probably antibiotics, best wishes ...Read more

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If I have a wheezing sound when I breathe and chest tightness, do I have asthma? Is this curable?

If I have a wheezing sound when I breathe and chest tightness, do I have asthma? Is this curable?

Possibly: You should see an allergist or pulmonologist who can check breathing tests (spirometry). If your exam and testing is consistent with asthma it is very treatable. Currently there is no "cure" for asthma although for some people it is very limited or triggered by only specific triggers. ...Read more

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Sedated for Lumbar epidural injections. Since then wet non productive cough and chest tightness. I have asthma. Is this normal? What should I do?

Sedated for Lumbar epidural injections. Since then wet non productive cough and chest tightness. I have asthma. Is this normal? What should I do?

Cough: Lumbar epidural injection will not cause any of your symptoms. Sedation also should not unless you aspirated during the procedure. I suspect it is part of your asthma. ...Read more

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What would cause chest tightness? Hearts good n lungs are clear. No asthma. Always anxious feeling. Started suddenly. Possibly panic attack cause it?

What would cause chest tightness? Hearts good n lungs are clear. No asthma. Always anxious feeling. Started suddenly. Possibly panic attack cause it?

Possibly: Panic and anxiety can definitely cause chest tightness, although unless you have a history of these symptoms with anxiety it is always good to get checked out because blood clots and other medical situations can also cause this even if you have no history of heart or lung problems. ...Read more

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For about 2 months I've been coughing, wheezing, had chest tightness and breathlessness. Is seeing an allergy/asthma dr a good idea?

For about 2 months I've been coughing, wheezing, had chest tightness and breathlessness. Is seeing an allergy/asthma dr a good idea?

Yes, good idea: An allergist can assist you in identifying the triggers of the cough, wheeze, etc, perform an examination, perform a breathing test called spirometry, and prescribe the right medications to control/prevent the symptoms as well as a quick relief medication to give rapid relief. ...Read more

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Sever back pain in the middle. Pain radiets around my sides and my rib cage. Chest tightness! I'm wheezing with my ASTHMA! Please Help Me ASAP.?

Sever back pain in the middle. Pain radiets around my sides and my rib cage. Chest tightness! I'm wheezing with my ASTHMA! Please Help Me ASAP.?

Go to ER: If you are having severe asthma symptoms with wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath refractory to rescue medications (albuterol) you need to be seen immediately for further treatment. Call 911 or go to emergency room immediately. ...Read more

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Can smoking medical marijuana lead to asthma? I've been using medical marijuana for about a year. Now I am having periodic wheezing and chest tightness. Could my smoking be causing asthma? It doesn't always happen while I am smoking..

Can smoking medical marijuana lead to asthma? I've been using medical marijuana for about a year. Now I am having periodic wheezing and chest tightness. Could my smoking be causing asthma? It doesn't always happen while I am smoking..

Yes,: Yes, asthma is an inflammatory of your respiratory tract that can lead to partial and even full obstruction. Smoking is both a trigger and aggravating factor in this disease. You need to be evaluated by your physician to manage this problem. ...Read more

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How do I differentiate chest tightness from asthma and coronary artery spasms besides using my inhaler or nitro?

How do I differentiate chest tightness from asthma and coronary artery spasms besides using my inhaler or nitro?

Coronary spasm: I don't know how you were diagnosed with coronary spasms. Asthma tightness is very similar. I would look at triggers. What causes the pain to come if it is allergies, humidity, typical asthma triggers it is probably asthma, try your inhaler first. You might try a long acting Nitroglycerin preparation. See your doctor about this. ...Read more

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Prickly chest pain, almost like a needle in center of chest, some chest tightness and shortness of breath but not severe. Headache. Asthma? ER?

Prickly chest pain, almost like a needle in center of chest, some chest tightness and shortness of breath but not severe. Headache. Asthma? ER?

That's it: Heart symptoms can be everything you just described. Other life threatening disorders should also be ruled out. Please call 911 and transfer her to the emergency room for chest pain! Good luck and let us know! ...Read more

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Currently have a viral infection. Not taking anything but Could I take prednisone to help alleviate chest tightness and asthma?

Currently have a viral infection. Not taking anything but Could I take prednisone to help alleviate chest tightness and asthma?

Supervision: Prednisone is used to treat asthmatic symptoms but should never be taken without a physician's instructions or supervision as the dosage is critical As is the duration and tapering off of therapy as rebound flareups can occur as well as potential side effects. ...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


Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more