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Symptoms: headaches, neck, shoulder and upper back pain, chest tightness on left side, sometimes hurts to sit up, jaw pain, short of breath...Why?

Symptoms: headaches, neck, shoulder and upper back pain, chest tightness on left side, sometimes hurts to sit up, jaw pain, short of breath...Why?

MFP: Myofascial pain syndrome. In addition to local tenderness, referred pain. Mfp is characterized by other associated symptoms:
increased muscle fatigue and stiffness, a mildly restricted motion, pain when the muscle is stretched, and a subjective feeling of weakness in the muscle. Headache, vertigo, visual disturbances and jaw pain may also be present.
See pain management specialist for diagnosis. ...Read more

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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Shortness of breath fatigue boil chest tightness for 2 month chest and throat feels tightness the back pain alot what test should I ask for light head?

Shortness of breath fatigue boil chest tightness for 2 month chest and throat feels tightness the back pain alot what test should I ask for light head?

Thorough exam: I would recommend seeing a doctor very soon - perhaps start with an urgent care. The history you give is a little unclear but the combination of SOB, chest pain, throat tightness, lightheadedness and fatigue needs to be evaluated ASAP. Go today. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath little chest tightness no chest pain but pain in upper back worse when I walk?

Shortness of breath little chest tightness no chest pain but pain in upper back worse when I walk?

See your doctor: Chest tightness and shortness of breath with exertion could be angina or pain from your heart. It also could be asthma, lung infection or several other things. Your doctor can help sort this out. ...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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I get shortness of breath when standing up. Sometimes I get chest tightness. And very rarely mild chest pain. I am 18 with normal echo and ekg. Is it cad?

I get shortness of breath when standing up. Sometimes I get chest tightness. And very rarely mild chest pain. I am 18 with normal echo and ekg. Is it cad?

SOB after standing: Could be gastritis. Try ranitidine/ prevecid. Normal echo/ EKG eliminates lots of conditions- abnormal heart wall thickness, mitral valve prolapse, abnormal rhythms. Did you have a stress echo test? That may tell a bit more as you see heart response to stress/hyperactivity. Check PFTs for asthma and tilt table test for autonomic dysfunction like orthostasis or tahycardia (POTS). f/u w/doc ...Read more

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Hi sir, I am having shortness of breath and tightness of chest area with mild chest pain. Most of the time it happens at night when I was alone.

Hi sir, I am having shortness of breath and tightness of chest area with mild chest pain. Most of the time it happens at night when I was alone.

Chest Pain: Chest pain from a narrowed heart artery, called angina, typically occurs when you are active or exercising and goes away when you rest. It is often a tightness or pressure or burning in the chest or neck or arm.
If you are only feeling symptoms when at rest at night and not during exertion, it probably not your heart, but I suggest you see your doctor. ...Read more

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Chest pain, burning, tight, hurts to breathe, shortness of breath. Hands are shakey. 20/F. Have had 3 surgeries. Bad gallbladder waiting to come out.

Go to the ER.: There could be all sorts of bad things going on. I would seek medical attention as soon as possible. Hope it's nothing serious but better to be sure. ...Read more

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Experiencing chest tightness, shortness of breath, and pain mid back near ribs. No known fever. No history of problems. What could this be?

Broad range: It is hard to know without examining you first but this could be anything from anxiety to asthma attack, pneumothorax (air trapping the lung), or infection. I suggest you have it checked out with your doctor very soon. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath, left side chest tightness/tenderness. Had every cardiac test avail. Not cardiac related. Previous valley fever, possibly back? Poor quality of life do to breathing issue. Er visit?

Shortness of breath, left side chest tightness/tenderness. Had every cardiac test avail. Not cardiac related. Previous valley fever, possibly back? Poor quality of life do to breathing issue. Er visit?

Probably not: If your symptoms are chronic in nature, the er is not the best place for you to be evaluated. Go back to your regular phsyician, who knows your entire story. Ask if there is any other specialist who might be helpful in solving your difficult problem. ...Read more

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Four weeks of nagging cough, headaches, upper back pain, chest tightness and difficulty when breathing. What is it?

Four weeks of nagging cough, headaches, upper back pain, chest tightness and difficulty when breathing. What is it?

Bronchitis is a: Possibility. Since this has been going on four 4 weeks and you have both difficulty breathing ; chest pain/ tightness - would encourage prompt medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Bad lower back pain chest tightness dry persistent cough. When I exhale I cough. Wheezing. I'm a smoker. I was told it's bronchitis but is the back pain

Bad lower back pain chest tightness dry persistent cough. When I exhale I cough. Wheezing. I'm a smoker. I was told it's bronchitis but is the back pain

Persistent back pain: Without explanation should always be checked for blood clots in the lung or disc disease. As a smoker, cancer should always be a possibility in the back of your mind. Coupled with the dry persistent cough, you really need to have a healthcare provider give you X-rays of both your lungs and your spine to rule out mass or COPD, then get a contrast CT of the lungs to rule out blood clot. Good luc ...Read more

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Normal spirometry, sob, chest tightness/pain, dry cough&back pain. Dr thinks it's asthma/prescribed Arnuity and singulair. F/u in 8 wks. Asthma or mimic?

Normal spirometry, sob, chest tightness/pain, dry cough&back pain. Dr thinks it's asthma/prescribed Arnuity and singulair. F/u in 8 wks. Asthma or mimic?

Not adding up: You need a second opinion, keep taking the prescribed medicines though, see an asthma specialist, pulmonologist or an allergist/immunonlogist, check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist in your area, best wishes ...Read more

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What can be the explanation if I've got chest tightness (1 week now) and shortness of breath?

Heart or lung?: Heart problems are not common at 31 years old, but can be possible. This could also be related to your lungs - infections can be a real possibility. Seeing your doctor can help to determine the reason for your tightness and shortness of breath. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath and chest tightness at night. It goes away after half an hour. All day long I feel fine. It starts at n8ght. What is it?

Shortness of breath and chest tightness at night. It goes away after half an hour. All day long I feel fine. It starts at n8ght. What is it?

See a physician: This sounds as though it could be GERD (gastro-esophogeal reflux). However it could be something more serious. I would see a medical professional and get to the bottom of this. ...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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Started a non smoking cessation and decided to go on vapour ecigarrettes. Will my shortness of breath from smoking stop and chest tightness?

Started a non smoking cessation and decided to go on vapour ecigarrettes. Will my shortness of breath from smoking stop and chest tightness?

Everyone is: Different but setting target date to stop and then stopping completely on that day can be effective. Learning some self-hypnosis can support this plan of action. Chewing gum or eating mints is useful, especially at high risk times like coffee breaks. Not smoking can make things better but you need to see doctor. Better off w/out e-cigs. Peace & health. ...Read more

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What could these symptoms indicate? Nausea, chest tightness/pain, shortness of breath, side pain.

What could these symptoms indicate? Nausea, chest tightness/pain, shortness of breath, side pain.

Many possibilities: heart problems, esophagus disorders, musculoskeletal pain, gallbladder dysfunction, kidney stones, blood clot to the lung, asthma or reactive airways flair up. The list is long. A good history giving session with an interested physician would be most helpful. It all depends upon this history as to how aggressively and quickly you need to look into this. Sign up to Healthtap and see if we cant help ...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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I have chest tightness after a couple of minutes of exercise along with shortness of breath. Sometimes it goes away and sometimes it stays. Heart?

I have chest tightness after a couple of minutes of exercise along with shortness of breath. Sometimes it goes away and sometimes it stays. Heart?

Quite possibly!: This could be something quite benign (like deconditioning) or quite life-threatening (like angina). Since we can't tell on the internet, seek out a primary care provider who can listen to you and exam you and give you the best info on what, if anything, to do next!

i hope it's nothing serious! ...Read more

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I've had mild congestion and lately shortness of breath chest tightness. Today when I cough my chest burns. No fevers or any other symptoms.

Viral syndrome?: This sounds like a viral syndrome, but it could of course be something more serious like angina-equivalent as well. I would have my primary care physician check me out first and obtain a chest x-ray and an ekg. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath, chest tightness, shaking uncontrollably, I've also blacked out a few times and get dizzy. What's wrong with me?

Shortness of breath, chest tightness, shaking uncontrollably, I've also blacked out a few times and get dizzy. What's wrong with me?

Symptoms: Many possibilities, you need to see a dr. To work thru them, no way from here to have a high probability of correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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I get shortness of breath, as if can't breath in enough air, so its easier to breath through mouth. Some times chest tightness & cough what could it be?

I get shortness of breath, as if can't breath in enough air, so its easier to breath through mouth. Some times chest tightness & cough what could it be?

Get checked out ASAP: One of the most common errors patients and doctors make is assuming that because someone is under forty, they cannot have a serious cardiac or pulmonary condition. That is simply not true. You could be having an anginal equivalent - in other words your shortness of breath could mean your heartis notable to habndle thestrain being put on it. It sould also be pulmonary in origin. See your docto. ...Read more

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Can I hiatal hernia give you sternum tightness left chest tightness and shortness of breath?

Yes, especially: If you have gastroesophageal reflux disease. But your symptoms could be caused by something else, like heart disease. So it is best to see a doctor for correct diagnosis and proper treatment. ...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. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more