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I have been having sever stomach pains all under my rib cage. It goes on and off but when it comes it hurts so much I can't move when I say it comes off and on I mean it is there for about an hour and I can't move and the pain is so sever I start crying a

I have been having sever stomach pains all under my rib cage. It goes on and off but when it comes it hurts so much I can't move when I say it comes off and on I mean it is there for about an hour and I can't move and the pain is so sever I start crying a

The: The location suggests a few possible sources of your pain. It could be gastroesophageal reflux (usually burning in character and worse when lying down), an ulcer (burning or gnawing pain, not really positional but perhaps worse on an empty stomach), gallstones (crampy pain that gets worse after you eat), or pancreatitis (deep gnawing pain).

Whether or not these things would be picked up by a blood test depends on the tests that were done. If all your doctor did was a test called CBC (complete blood count), then they could all have been missed. The timeline of your doctor visit is also important: if you saw him or her three days ago, got a clean bill of health, but now still have pain, then you should go back and see the doctor again. Ask him or here whether you need to be tested for the conditions listed above. ...Read more

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I have been having sever stomach pains all under my rib cage. It goes on and off but when it comes it hurts so much I can't move when I say it comes off and on I mean it is there for about an hour and I can't move and the pain is so sever I start crying a

The: The location suggests a few possible sources of your pain. It could be gastroesophageal reflux (usually burning in character and worse when lying down), an ulcer (burning or gnawing pain, not really positional but perhaps worse on an empty stomach), gallstones (crampy pain that gets worse after you eat), or pancreatitis (deep gnawing pain).

Whether or not these things would be picked up by a blood test depends on the tests that were done. If all your doctor did was a test called CBC (complete blood count), then they could all have been missed. The timeline of your doctor visit is also important: if you saw him or her three days ago, got a clean bill of health, but now still have pain, then you should go back and see the doctor again. Ask him or here whether you need to be tested for the conditions listed above. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when you're crying and your chest hurts?

What exactly does it mean when you're crying and your chest hurts?

Stress: Most often related to stress and catecholamine changes, but also with changes in your accessory intercostal muscle use with disturbed respiration during intense crying. ...Read more

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7 week old hit the back of her head into my chest and started crying. Could this hurt her head or brain?

7 week old hit the back of her head into my chest and started crying. Could this hurt her head or brain?

Bumps on the head: Newborns and infants suffering many bumps and bruises heal quickly. With respect to the head, there is always concern for potential brain injury. As long as there is no persistent crying or change in normal behavior do not worry. Babies are seen frequently in the first year of life by Pediatricians. So any concern for internal injury should be pointed out to the them or after hours office call. ...Read more

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Last night I was crying and hyperventilating and after I was done my chest felt tight. When I take a deep breath it hurts. What is this?

Last night I was crying and hyperventilating and after I was done my chest felt tight. When I take a deep breath it hurts. What is this?

Mgt: The most likely explanation is muscular strain. A heating pad and motrin may help. If you have chest pain or problems breathing. Please see the Emergency Room. ...Read more

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Heavy feeling in my chest, feel like crying. Feel hopeless?

Heavy feeling in my chest, feel like crying. Feel hopeless?

Sadness: It sounds like you have depression. Are you under stress, alone or facing obstacle? You will need help from friends, family and professional doc help. Life can be challenging and difficult but we can face it with help of others, looking it in a more positive way, finding activities, meditation and exercise that helps us to deal with it. Just remember when we are down it will come back up! ...Read more

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Could intense crying cause pain in my upper back and left chest?

Cryingand pain: Yes. Crying can increase straining which in turn can increase muscular pain. Also, crying may be associated with depression, increased serotonin which can lead to muscle spasms and pain. ...Read more

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Why does my chest feel heavy on the left side? And I felt like I couldn't breathe when I was crying minutes ago and I've been having chest pains

Why does my chest feel heavy on the left side? And I felt like I couldn't breathe when I was crying minutes ago and I've been having chest pains

Get a check up: You are having "pleuritic" chest pain which is often not related to cardiac problems. However, you need to have a thorough examination by the physician to know the exact cause and also to discuss the treatment options. ...Read more

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Please answer me. I am recovering from depression and I been asking up from nightmares gaping for breath. I have frequent chest pain when crying.

Please answer me. I am recovering from depression and I been asking up from nightmares gaping for breath. I have frequent chest pain when crying.

Depression: You are certainly suffering from the depression you have. Hopefully you have obtained medical care as the modern treatment for depression is very effective. It seems that you need more treatment, --you are not on medicati and it is important to see a doctor who understands depression and will help you. You may need to see a specialist e.g. Psychiatrist to give you the most up to date treatment. ...Read more

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Woke up with chest left side and sholder pain near tip of lower scapula pain so bad I whose crying I don't know what to do. They say is not heart related?

Woke up with chest left side and sholder pain near tip of lower scapula pain so bad I whose crying I don't know what to do. They say is not heart related?

Something else: It probably isn't your heart. Heart pain is never severe except during the rare instance of an actual heart attack. It may radiate to the left scapula but that's not typical. You need other evaluation. Rotator cuff? Pinched nerve in the neck? Whiplash? Bursitis? Tendonits? Other possibilities too. ...Read more

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Had strep now can't touch chin to chest without crying out in pain. Headache at base of neck coughing nonproductive. Meningitis?

Had strep now can't touch chin to chest without crying out in pain. Headache at base of neck coughing nonproductive. Meningitis?

Not a good symptom: In general you need to be evaluated for a retropharygeal abscess and meningitis. rarely does group A strep cause meningitis but these symptoms warrent urgent attention by your primary care doctor ...Read more

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Constantly upset/crying myself to sleep, no motivation, bad habit of chewing my cheeks/lips, sharp pains in my lungs/chest area.

Constantly upset/crying myself to sleep, no motivation, bad habit of chewing my cheeks/lips, sharp pains in my lungs/chest area.

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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Feeling numb all over chest tighten up hard to breathe and crying for no reason is that a panic attack?

Feeling numb all over chest tighten up hard to breathe and crying for no reason is that a panic attack?

Most likely panic: This sounds like a typical panic attack. Since you had cardiac symptoms it would be a good idea to see your doc. Perhaps an adjustment of you Effexor (venlafaxine) is in order as well. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I will speak @ sentencing daughter was victim. Anxiety, crying, palpitations n chest pressure n meds r not helping. Any better options for this time?

I will speak @ sentencing daughter was victim. Anxiety, crying, palpitations n chest pressure n meds r not helping. Any better options for this time?

Go see ur Family Doc: I'm sorry to hear about your daughter's victimization. Tell your Family Doc what you've noted above. Your antidepressant/anxiolytic SSRI may not be enough. Beta blockers are useful for performance anxiety. While I try to avoid benzodiazepines like the plague, they may be useful for a specific goal eg speaking out in court. To be safe, test out smallest dose before sentencing as it may affect mind ...Read more

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Extreme Nausea weak and sore chest. Occasional spinning even when lying down. On and off excitement and crying. 28yrs diabetes and hashimotos. 2kids?

Extreme Nausea weak and sore chest. Occasional spinning even when lying down. On and off excitement and crying. 28yrs diabetes and hashimotos. 2kids?

Examination: This is not the forum to make your diagnosis. Get a comprehensive exam and thyroid function studies. Sounds like you will also need evaluation for BOTH anxiety and depression. ...Read more

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I was crying and sobbing really hard last night and now today my chest, throat, and shoulders are soo sore. Possible reason?

I was crying and sobbing really hard last night and now today my chest, throat, and shoulders are soo sore. Possible reason?

See below: You probably strained your chest and shoulder muscles when you were crying. Drink some water, get a massage, and take it easy for a few days. Your pain should improve with time. ...Read more

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The creche gave my 3mth old about 50ml of allergex and 50ml prospan in 4 days. He is crying constantly and breaking out in heavy sweat on face rash on chest. He get episodes where he would cry and not respond to me and just cry no matter what I do.

The creche gave my 3mth old about 50ml of allergex and 50ml prospan in 4 days. He is crying constantly and breaking out in heavy sweat on face rash on chest. He get episodes where he would cry and not respond to me and just cry no matter what I do.

Overdose allergex: Dosage for allergex is 1mg every 4-6 hours for 2-6 year olds. Not to exceed 6mg/day. For under 2 no safety data. 50ml in 4 days...about 4-6 mg per day. Side effects may include some of the symptoms. However in a 3month old I would recommend you consult a doctor to rule out anything serious. ...Read more

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I have electric shocks going thru my chest & neck every hour, heart palpitations, fatigue, cold sweats & unexplained crying outbursts lately?

I have electric shocks going thru my chest & neck every hour, heart palpitations, fatigue, cold sweats & unexplained crying outbursts lately?

Anxiety attacks: More history is need for better evaluation but sounds like an anxiety related attacks. Due to their severity and frequency, I would recommend that you consult your primary physician at the earliest for a thorough assessment, some needed tests (mainly to rule out remotely possible medical conditions) and medication help as deemed appropriate to relieve symptoms and make you functional. ...Read more

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How to know if it's a heart attack, hypoglycemia, or anxiety? Fast heart rate, chest pain, crying, fear, all out of the blue. 22 y/o female no history

How to know if it's a heart attack, hypoglycemia, or anxiety? Fast heart rate, chest pain, crying, fear, all out of the blue. 22 y/o female no history

See your doctor: The only way to know is to see your primary physician and have them evaluate you in person. Unable to answer you regarding this matter without a personal evaluation. ...Read more

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Today I am crying on, and off my ears are ringing, feel pressure in my head, chest pain, I'm hot now nose is bleed do I need to go to an ER kinda frea

Not ER: I do not see in your question a reason to go to the er. Perhaps you could phone or page your family doctor for instructions.... ...Read more

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Heart palpitations weird feeling in chest leg tingling and frequent crying midst of exam prep holidays. Fear it might hpn agn. Had to drop exams. Help?

Heart palpitations weird feeling in chest leg tingling and frequent crying midst of exam prep holidays. Fear it might hpn agn. Had to drop exams. Help?

Anxiety: Obviously you are very anxious and this is leading to tachycardia (with palpitation) and perhaps hyperventilation (with tingling) try to find a quiet place and do relaxation techniques: take a slow deep breath over several seconds, hold it for 7 seconds then exhale slowly through your mouth over 5-7 min while listening to your breath as you exhale, do it for 10 min every hour until you relaxed ...Read more

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Please the doctors think I have lymphoma are making me go to ENT due to 1 tonsil being 50% bigger than the other-no other symptoms im so scared im crying constantly. My CBC is normal chest/abd CT norma?

Please the doctors think I have lymphoma are making me go to ENT due to 1 tonsil being 50% bigger than the other-no other symptoms im so scared im crying constantly. My CBC is normal chest/abd CT norma?

See below...: I'm not sure they really think it's lymphoma. The just want to be cautious and make sure they cover all the bases. Asymmetrical enlargement of the tonsils is indeed an indication to rule out lymphoma but by no means you should interpret it as clear evidence of lymphoma. Your ENT may recommend taking out the tonsils for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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What exactly causes the normal tight and aching chest/throat/face when crying? Because I get similar pain at other times, sometimes exacerbated by deep breaths. Clear chest ct, neg cardiac work-up.

Muscle and low CO2: Crying usually consists of many muscles tightening, sometimes in almost spasmodic nature. Combine this with associated hyperventilation, and chest tightness, a sense of inadequate breath, and perhaps even tingling can occur. It simply depends on how violent the crying is. ...Read more

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My ribs hurt?

As above: See u pcp for evaluation and work. And to make sure nothing serious is going on. ...Read more