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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


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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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3 weeks ago md diag bronchitis, cough, headaches, no fever no nasal drain, chest tightness, hurts to take deep breaths , back/body pain, extreme fatig?

3 weeks ago md diag bronchitis, cough, headaches, no fever no nasal drain, chest tightness, hurts to take deep breaths , back/body pain, extreme fatig?

Not sure?: I'm not sure what the question is. Did your MD give you medication and have you finished it? Did you get better and then get worse again? It is common for the cough and fatigue to linger after the bronchitis has resolved. If you are having all new symptoms then you should be re-checked. ...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

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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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