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Severe Substernal Chest Pain
Would one typically be able to tell the difference between substernal and non substernal chest pain?
Substernal...: ...Just means "under the breastbone." if that's where the pain is, it's substernal; if off to the side, or feels superficial, then it's not.
Is substernal chest pain and pain above the breastbone easy to differentiate? Meaning is it blatantly obvious if it is below or above during pain?
Chest pain is: Seldom easy to differentiate with complete history & exam +/- testing.
I have been having substernal chest pain for the past 3 days. I have no other symptoms except for tightness and pain in my chest. Help please?
Go To ED : Those symptoms are the concerning for acute coronary syndrome. It would help to risk stratify based on your age, family hx, smoking status, hx of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or previously DX artery dz. With the information given, however, i can only assume you are high risk. If not acs, this may be onset angina pectoris, gastroesophageal reflux, gastritis or esophagitis.
The cause of pain needs to be addressed and treated. It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor.
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What tests are done to determine cause of severe chronic back/chest pain that could be muscle / skeletal. ?
Chest: First a history and physical exam, if necessary after that tests might be suggested.See 2 more doctor answers
I have severe chest pain around my sternum which is worse when lying down and trying to move around. What could this be?
Go to the ER: Severe chest pain should never be taken lightly. The positional nature of the chest pain makes one think of a possible pericarditis (inflammation or infection of the lining around the heart) although this could be a heart attack, blood clot, lung infection, etc. All possibilities that are very serious and should be excluded rapidly. Especially because you are on an immunosuppressive. Go now!
I've had severe chest pain on the left side for 2 days now. Its worse when i bend over or cough. my inhaler doesn' t help?
Why do I have recurring chest pain like i swallowed hard candy? Lasts for 2 weeks at a time, comes back severely in two or three months.
Odynophagia: Your symptom is called odynophagia. There are many causes. If you'd like to learn more about it, see: http://www.Med.Ucla.Edu/modules/wfsection/article.Php?Articleid=280.
Im having like severe chest pain on my lrft side when i breath turn my body bend over turn my head lay down it hurts real bad what could it be?
I broke my shoulder around 6 months ago. Never did any kind of follow up as I was supposed to.. Now I'm having severe chest pain... Not sure why...
I am experiencing chest pain or discomfort (severity: severe) (side: both) (quality: sensation of pressure or heaviness) (worsened by: after deep ...
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When i wake up in the morning i have severe chest pain and there looks like i have a lump in the middle of my chest from the inside where it hurts ?
See your doctor: I think you need a chest xray and EKG as soon as possible. Your doctor should see you today or tomorrow with these complaints. I hope you are able to get some assistance right away.
Teenage son has severe chest pain on exertion. Should i be concerned and what is causing his pain?
Coughing chest pain: Such pain is usually due to irritation of the linings of the lung and inner chest wall known as pleura. When one or the other is inflamed (pleuritis) one experiences pain on movement of the chest wall which is abrupt and explosive when one coghs. Pleuritis can occur by itself (viral) or due to inflammation in the lung which has extended out to the surface of the lung among other causes. See doc.