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Doctor insights on: Tightness In Chest When Taking Deep Breath

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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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Chest pain more noticeable at rest, easily winded when walking, low oxygen after walking, chest tightness when coughing or taking deep breaths?

Chest pain more noticeable at rest, easily winded when walking, low oxygen after walking, chest tightness when coughing or taking deep breaths?

Go to ER now: Yoiur symptoms are very concerning for a serious issue with your heart, lungs, vascular system or otherwise. Please head to an ebergency room for immediate attention. Good luck. ...Read more

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Chest tightness/ difficult breathing full deep breaths?

Chest tightness/ difficult breathing full deep breaths?

See your MD: Should see your md and get ECG and chest x-ray at least. .. ...Read more

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I have a tightness in chest under ribs in middle. No pain just discomfort. Feel like I need to take a deep breath sometimes.?

I have a tightness in chest under ribs in middle. No pain just discomfort. Feel like I need to take a deep breath sometimes.?

Chest tightness: Chest tightness can be a symptom of heart disease but may be may other things such as aortic problems, respiratory disorders (asthma, COPD, bronchitis, lung collapse, infections), esophageal spasms, and muscle problems to name a few. It really depends on the clinical situation and other symptoms you may be having. Depending on the duration it would be worth seeing a doctor. ...Read more

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Chest tightness and feel the need to take a deep breath. Doesn't happen all time, but happens at rest. Doesn't happen when working out.?

Chest tightness and feel the need to take a deep breath. Doesn't happen all time, but happens at rest. Doesn't happen when working out.?

Biofeedback: ANXIETY Avoid drugs for sleep, weight loss and wait gain. Usually try behavior modification, punctuality in sleeping, read a book and warm milk fi u like. Avoid caffeine, drinking, TV in room. Do regular exercise.
Once on drugs for sleep u mau find it hard to regain ur self control. Use drugs only if a MD dx of symptomatic insomnia. ...Read more

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I get bad chest tightness/pains at the end of a night out (drunk) I have to lie down and take deep breaths for 1/2 an hour so it goes- what is this?

I get bad chest tightness/pains at the end of a night out (drunk) I have to lie down and take deep breaths for 1/2 an hour so it goes- what is this?

Start at the: Beginning: tell me about yourself, how much you drink? Do you use any other drugs? I'll tall are you, what do you weigh? How often does this occur? How long does it last? We need more info ...Read more

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I have a tightness in chest under ribs in middle. Just above my stomach. No pain just discomfort. Feel like I need to take a deep breath sometimes.?

I have a tightness in chest under ribs in middle. Just above my stomach. No pain just discomfort. Feel like I need to take a deep breath sometimes.?

See MD: Without knowing your medical history, mess, physical exam, how long you've had symptoms and severity it'd be hard to pinpoint reason. Best advice is to see a doctor in person to review above and decide next step. If the tightness is new or getting worse then see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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I had intestinal infection 2 weeks ago, I took cefix, duspatalin, metrodinazole, now im having back pain and chest tightness when deep breath, any cause?

I had intestinal infection 2 weeks ago, I took cefix, duspatalin, metrodinazole, now im having back pain and chest tightness when deep breath, any cause?

Need to rule out: Clot of lung, especially from embolus (clot broken off from another location traveling to the lung). Septic clots could also do the same thing. Intestinal infection should be better by now. ...Read more

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Can indigestion/acid reflux cause chest tightness & feeling like I cant take a deep breath/shortness of breath?

Can indigestion/acid reflux cause chest tightness & feeling like I cant take a deep breath/shortness of breath?

Unlikely: It's possible, but much less likely than other causes. In general, the chest pain you describe in your age group is more likely to be musculoskeletal (strain or inflammation) or respiratory (viral pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma). However, it could be cardiac or even GI related. You should contact your doctor immediately or go to the closest urgent care/ER if you're having breathing problems. ...Read more

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Had a sharp pain n tightness in chest it went up 2 my shoulder made me throw up. Shortness of breath. Now my chest hurts wen I try 2 take a deep breath?

Had a sharp pain n tightness in chest it went up 2 my shoulder made me throw up. Shortness of breath. Now my chest hurts wen I try 2 take a deep breath?

SOB: You are a young female. What you are describing is something described as pleurtic chest pain. This being cardiac in origin would be unlikely. The shortness of breath can be secondary to
1) Pulmonary Embolism
2) Small spontaneous pneumothorax
3) Musculoskeletal chest pain
4) If you are truly SOB would recommend to seek medical help. A chest Xray could help rule out #2 and a ddimer #1 then NSAID ...Read more

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Can indigestion/acid reflux cause chest tightness & feeling like I cant take a deep breath? Peak flow normal not DX w asthma had normal EKG/stethoscop

Can indigestion/acid reflux cause chest tightness & feeling like I cant take a deep breath? Peak flow normal not DX w asthma had normal EKG/stethoscop

Very much so: I can tell you from both a professional and personal standpoint that acid reflux can be and is responsible for chest tightness, a sensation that a satisfying breath cannot be taken and is a very under diagnosed cause of cough and even sinus disease. It is very commonly mistaken for a heart attack or asthma and can significantly interfere with sleep and voice quality if acid hits vocal cords. ...Read more

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What causes tightness in chest/throat, painful deep breaths, hoarse voice, strange sensation in throat/postnasal area, stuffy nose and burping air?

What causes tightness in chest/throat, painful deep breaths, hoarse voice, strange sensation in throat/postnasal area, stuffy nose and burping air?

Suggests a mass: These symptoms are concerning. You may have a thyroid or other neck mass. Please get evaluated by a primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Why am I still having trouble breathing about 2 hours after my run? The run felt pretty good. Chest is tight and having a hard time taking deep breath

Why am I still having trouble breathing about 2 hours after my run? The run felt pretty good. Chest is tight and having a hard time taking deep breath

Exercise asthma?: See your doctor and describe what happens. Exercise asthma is not uncommon and the air quality can matter. It is usually easy to treat and doesn't mean you'll be chronically ill. Only that you may have to modify your athletic/exercise routine. Good luck. ...Read more

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For 2 1/2 weeks had sinusitis and bronchitis. Finished z pack. Saw pcp wed and was told my lungs were clear. Still bringing up mucous, though clear. Today chest feels tight and I have mild pain in heart area when taking deep breath. I do have mild asthma.

For 2 1/2 weeks had sinusitis and bronchitis. Finished z pack. Saw pcp wed and was told my lungs were clear. Still bringing up mucous, though clear. Today chest feels tight and I have mild pain in heart area when taking deep breath. I do have mild asthma.

Hard to say: If wheezing and short of breath - maybe, but you should be seen by your doctor for another evaluation asap. Btw, z-pack is great for bronchitis but worthless for sinusitis however, since 98% of all sinusitis is viral related, it probably makes no difference for your recovery time. ...Read more

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Why am I having shortness breath and tightness in chest whilst sitting?

Why am I having shortness breath and tightness in chest whilst sitting?

Angina/ heart attack: What you are describing is concerning. Shortness of breath with chest tightness could be a sign of decrease blood flow 2 the heart, or angina. If the lack of blood flow is sustained, death to that portion of the heart ensues, which could lead 2 a heart attack. Alternatively, if you have been on any trips requiring you to sit long periods, then it could be a blood clot to the lungs! See an md asap. ...Read more

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Tightness in chest, yawning, breath fine with exercise?

Tightness in chest, yawning, breath fine with exercise?

Muscular inflammatio: Take some OTC anti inflammatory agent like Motrin and see your doctor if no improvement seen in 1-2 days ...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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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 had chest tightness and difficulty taking a full breath since sept. My ribs/sternum feel sore. Also occasional numbness in left shoulder. Help?

I have had chest tightness and difficulty taking a full breath since sept. My ribs/sternum feel sore. Also occasional numbness in left shoulder. Help?

Needs evaluation.: Your symptoms merit a careful medical evaluation, including a history, physical exam, ekg and chest x-rays. The symptoms might be due to a lung problem, heart problem or even a cervical spine problem. It needs to be determined. ...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