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Doctor insights on: What Does It Mean When Your Upper Central Chest Hurts

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Pain (Definition)

Many people with chest pain fear a heart attack. However, there are many possible causes of chest pain. Some causes are not dangerous to your health, while other causes are ...Read more


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What does it mean when the right side of your chest hurts?

What does it mean when the right side of your chest hurts?

Just less concerning: Often middle/deep sternal chest or left sided pain is more concerning heart-related issue and right sided pain is less urgent/concerning. Liver/gallbladder trouble, pneumonia, pneumothorax (air inside of lung linings, blood clot in lungs, trauma, muscle/rib strain, breast disease, reflux/esophageal spasm, and less commonly shingles are examples of causes of chest pain. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your chest hurts when you cough?

What does it mean when your chest hurts when you cough?

Cough pain: Generally if your chest hurts when you cough, you've irritated some intercostal muscle(s), the muscles between the ribs. ...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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What exactly does it mean when you can't breath and your chest hurts?

What exactly does it mean when you can't breath and your chest hurts?

Chest pain: It means you should go to the doctor and be checked, "can't breath" shouldn't be taken lightly. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you breathe & your chest hurts to your back while sick?

What does it mean when you breathe & your chest hurts to your back while sick?

Pleuritis: Likely, this is an inflammation of the lining of the lung. There could be other explanations but it is not clear what you mean 'while sick'. Other such things can cause this including pneumonia and pulmonary embolus. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you cough and makes your ribs and chest hurts?

What does it mean when you cough and makes your ribs and chest hurts?

Musculoskeletal...: The discomfort you are experiencing is likely musculoskeletal in nature. There are muscles, cartilage, bones, etc that make up your chest wall. These structures can become strained/inflamed with continued coughing. You need to have this cough diagnosed and treated by your doctor. Possible etiologies for this cough include bronchospasm from any cause, gerd, post-nasal drip or combination of these. ...Read more

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Please explain what does it mean when the lungs/chest hurts?

Please explain what does it mean when the lungs/chest hurts?

Chest pain cause: Chest pain can be due to many possible causes. Don't assume it's related to the lungs. Causes of chest pain include muscular or skeletal pain, heart problems, lung problems (infection, inflammation), shingles, among many other possibilities. You need to see a practitioner to pin this down. He/she may be able to tell just with a thorough history and exam. ...Read more