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Dr. Imad Khreim
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Chest Wall Pain (Definition)

Chest wall pain is a type of non-cardiac pain that usually describes pain that is reproducible by palpation. It can be costochondritis, muscle pain or potentially pleurisy (which ...Read more


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What does it mean if someone is suffering with chest cramps/pain? Hurts when he breathes.

What does it mean if someone is suffering with chest cramps/pain? Hurts when he breathes.

Pleuritic chest pain: Is painful chest with breathing and may be from a variety of causes from less serious such as muscle related (e.g. costochondritis) to more serious such as pneumonia (infection), pericarditis (heart inflammation) or pulmonary embolism (clot). So needs doctor assessment and urgently if breathing difficulties as may need tests run to sort it out. ...Read more

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I am experiencing stomach cramps, chest wall pain, rapid heart rate (worsened by: psychological stress), dizziness (worsened by: hot weather, lying flat, sitting upright, prolonged standing) and cloudy or blurred vision. The following also describe me:

I am experiencing stomach cramps, chest wall pain, rapid heart rate (worsened by: psychological stress), dizziness (worsened by: hot weather, lying flat, sitting upright, prolonged standing) and cloudy or blurred vision. The following also describe me:

Don't see a question: Here. But I would let your parents know. If you have not had a medical workup for these symptoms would recommend that first. Any medical issues should be addressed and then consider seeing a therapist to help with how you deal with stress. Take care. ...Read more

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When I take my inhaler, my chest tightness and pain do not seem to go away. Am I supposed to wait it out?

When I take my inhaler, my chest tightness and pain do not seem to go away. Am I supposed to wait it out?

Use MDI properly: One of the reasons that I found why the inhalers do not help is because they are not being used properly; patients must inhaled deeply at the same time they press on they inhalers, if they can not do it, they need to use a spacer with them or have a styroform cup, punch a hole in the bottom of the cup put the inhaler opening through the hole of the cup then press and inhaled. ...Read more

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My peak flow reading is normal (around 400) but my chest/throat still feels tight. Should I take my inhaler or is this just anxiety?

My peak flow reading is normal (around 400) but my chest/throat still feels tight. Should I take my inhaler or is this just anxiety?

Throat tight: If you have not taken anything would take 1- 2 puff of your inhaler. tea may help along with the inhaler as it has xanthines, a bronchodilator.. Also consider one Zyrtec (cetirizine) or benedryl. If not better in 15 minutes call 911 if you have already taken 2 puffs of the inahler call 911. f/u wtih urgent care /doc ...Read more

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Can I take my abulerol inhaler for chest pain? Then how soon after can I use abuterol neuluzer?

Can I take my abulerol inhaler for chest pain? Then how soon after can I use abuterol neuluzer?

Brochospasm: Albuterol by it's function has been used for bronchospastic disases. So SOB because of asthma, copd will be helped by Albuterol. Sometimes you can also have chest tightness which is respiratory related, but not frank pain. If you are concerned about your chest pain, please contact your doctors office ...Read more

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I'm taking dulera (formoterol and mometasone) as directed, . But I've been needing to take my albuteral inhaler daily and I been having mild pressure chest area need I go in?

I'm taking dulera (formoterol and mometasone) as directed, . But I've been needing to take my albuteral inhaler daily and I been having mild pressure chest area need I go in?

Yes: This means that your asthma is not under control and you may need a modification or change in your medication. See ab allergist who may be able to help you on avoiding d triggers for your asthma as well ...Read more

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My son has asthma and takes his inhaler regularly recently I've noticed that he's coughing a lot and has a lot of mucas in his chest that seems to be getting worse. He's constantly battling a stuffy head and nose as well. I was wondering if it is safe for

My son has asthma and takes his inhaler regularly recently I've noticed that he's coughing a lot and has a lot of mucas in his chest that seems to be getting worse. He's constantly battling a stuffy head and nose as well. I was wondering if it is safe for

Asthma: If your child is not well controlled on his current asthma regimen, please discuss with your doctor. You should have a plan for exacerbations, which can occur with viral infections, colds, or even cold exposure. He could also have a more significant chest infection needing attention. ...Read more

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I think I'm having asthma problems tightness in chest only past couple nights is it ok if I take a hit of my sons inhaler?? Doc app. On 4 th of sep

I think I'm having asthma problems tightness in chest only past couple nights is it ok if I take a hit of my sons inhaler?? Doc app. On 4 th of sep

No, could harm.: Technically, it is against the law to use another person's prescription, hence I cannot recommend doing that. However, it is a common practice that isn't penalized as far as I know.

The official answer is "No". You may have a cardiac problem which the inhaler could make worse. There is a medication OTC available at Walmart called Asthmanefrin now to replace the Primatene Mist taken off the shelf ...Read more

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Have a viral chest infection. Inhaler for that, but can't get rid of the terrible cough. Any tips so I can get a nights sleep?

Have a viral chest infection. Inhaler for that, but can't get rid of the terrible cough. Any tips so I can get a nights sleep?

Steroids: Your viral infection may be triggering a more severe asthma type cough and the bronchodilating inhaler I suspect you are using may need to be augmented with a short course of steroids. You may also need to have a chest x-ray to make sure you don't have pneumonia. If it continues you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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When I run my chest is tight and sometimes it's difficult to take a deep breath. I have had a treadmill test and an inhaler but nothing helps.?

When I run my chest is tight and sometimes it's difficult to take a deep breath. I have had a treadmill test and an inhaler but nothing helps.?

Hard to say. Esopha?: I assume your treadmill test was negative in that either (1) u didn't have symptoms during the test or that (2) no abnormalities were seen on blood pressure or on EKG. What inhaler r u referring to? Without knowing ur age, medical condition, medications, or physical exam it is hard to know what cd b causing ur symptoms. Esophagus problems, asthma, heart, sinus trouble - all of these r possible. ...Read more

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Get cramps on my left side of chest and haven't exercised why I get them?

Get cramps on my left side of chest and haven't exercised why I get them?

Muscle v. Rib Injury: Cramps connote a muscular etiology. The musculature about your chest wall is up against your rib cage. The cramps you are feeling could be casued by an injury to the actual muscles, or the cramping is a response to an underlying injury to your ribs (stress fracture or actual rib fracture). A rib fracture would necessitiate a history of an injury (e.g. A fall on left side). Xrays are indicated. ...Read more

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I keep getting cramp in my chest, I get it both sides but not at the same time?

See Dr: Several things can cause chest pain but the more serious "heart related" chest pain needs to be ruled out. See a dr. For an evaluation to be safe. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a cramp like I. The center of my chest that hurts when I take a deep breath or turn the wrong way?

I have a cramp like I. The center of my chest that hurts when I take a deep breath or turn the wrong way?

Doctor can evaluate: Chest tightness, chest pain, or shortness of breath can be due to minor problems or to very serious ones. A doctor can check to see what might be going on. Sometimes, tests and chest xrays will be done. Possible causes include a partial pneumothorax (collapsed lung), costochondritis, asthma, stomach reflux, heart problems (can call 911 for an ambulance), laryngitis, other viral infections, etc... ...Read more

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My upper right chest area hurts when I take a breath and I feel like it is a cramp. Should I be concerned or will it go by its own?

See physician: You need to see your physician if it persists It could be there for a variety of reasons and this needs clarification. ...Read more

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Everytime I take losartan it seems its giving chest discomfort a lil cramp feeling on my left is this ok or just coinsidence? Or something else?

Everytime I take losartan it seems its giving chest discomfort a lil cramp feeling on my left is this ok or just coinsidence? Or something else?

May be related: Losartan can occasionally be associated with chest pain. Would consider switching to another med and see what happens. Many other meds are available to treat hypertension and stopping it is easy to do to see if symptoms resolve. ...Read more

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I get sharp stabbing/cramps in my left side of my upper back witch makes my left chest numb what can cause this?

Pinched nerve: It could be a pinched nerve from the thoracic spine. Also, check for any kind of rash as shingles could cause similar symptoms. ...Read more

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I get trapped flaulence that causes bad cramps an bad chest pain that goes away after passing wind. Why chest pain? Echo, ecg, holters always normal.

I get trapped flaulence that causes bad cramps an bad chest pain that goes away after passing wind. Why chest pain? Echo, ecg, holters always normal.

GI vs heart: If pain goes away with passing gas, the source of pain is almost certainly the GI tract and not the heart. Part of the colon (large intestine) is just below the heart so the pain can sometimes be felt in the chest. Echo's, ecgs, and holters will not show GI issues. See a gastroenterologist if your symptoms continue. ...Read more

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A cramp like pain in upper right chest while running/ sprinting outside. Almost like a severe soreness. I take a daily asthma medicine.

A cramp like pain in upper right chest while running/ sprinting outside. Almost like a severe soreness. I take a daily asthma medicine.

May not b asthma but: You should see your asthma dr to be sure....Do you have the pain at any other time? . Sometimes a pain like that is a "muscle sprain". Or if you are having other symptoms maybe your asthma meds need an adjustment...Keep track of when you have the pain and see your dr. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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Inhaler (Definition)

It is a type of medication delivery system used to inhale aerosolized medications. The most well know of this is ...Read more