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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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...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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Urgent:dry cough non productive causes chest wall pain no sob sometimes 4x a day no fever headache history-minimal lung collapse hbp hyperthyroidism?

Urgent:dry cough non productive causes chest wall pain no sob sometimes 4x a day no fever headache history-minimal lung collapse hbp hyperthyroidism?

Allergies: Dry cough self limiting over a few days most likely sec to bronchitis, or post nasal drip.If there is h/o hbp I presume hypertension, check out nedicines like ace, inhibitors causing cough. ...Read more

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Upper back pain, feels like I've got a constant cramp for 3 days now. Uncontrollable coughing and pain in chest too. What should I do to stop cough?

Upper back pain, feels like I've got a constant cramp for 3 days now. Uncontrollable coughing and pain in chest too. What should I do to stop cough?

Visit your doctor: I am concerned about you. Where you are now is manageable but would not want you to get any worse. You should go say hello and let them make some recommendations. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I feel sleepy and tired, uterus feel cramps n movement feeling full n constipation n breast full n feel vomiting n dry cough. AF ended 3day early. Why?

I feel sleepy and tired, uterus feel cramps n movement feeling full n constipation n breast full n feel vomiting n dry cough. AF ended 3day early. Why?

See a doctor: You have a lot of symptoms that do not connect with each other. Vomiting and Constipation need to be evaluated. Breast being full may be related to menstrual cycle. Dry cough may be related to vomiting. Sleepy and tired is usually associated with not being well. Please see a doctor ...Read more

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I have this pregnancy sign and its vomiting, sore throat, cough, feeling full, sleepy, cramps, breast full before and after my AF ended early than usual.

I have this pregnancy sign and its vomiting, sore throat, cough, feeling full, sleepy, cramps, breast full before and after my AF ended early than usual.

Pregnancy signs: You may be pregnant even though you had a menstration, although it was shorter than usual. Suggest you do a home pregnancy test and if negative, repeat it in ten days in case the first test was too early to detect a pregnancy. If you are not pregnant then you should see your doctor about all the symptoms and trouble you are having. ...Read more

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Crampy pain under left beast, left side where lung, rib cage, neck shoulder, arm and hand, persistent cough?

Crampy pain under left beast, left side where lung, rib cage, neck shoulder, arm and hand, persistent cough?

Evaluation needed: I would be concerned about left lung pathology in view of the discomfort and persistent cough. This would be especially true if pain was aggravated by a deep breath, if you had fever, sweats, chills, wheezing, shortness of breath or coughing up of discolored sputum or blood tinged material. Your physician will order appropriate tests and chest xray or scans. ...Read more

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I am experiencing arm pain and chest wall pain and my arm hurts to touch and move?

I am experiencing arm pain and chest wall pain and my arm hurts to touch and move?

Varies: There are many potential causes, but anytime you are experiencing chest pain, it is probably wise to be seen. ...Read more

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I am experiencing chest wall pain under sternum. It is a sharp pain at times. The following also describes me: What should I do?

I am experiencing chest wall pain under sternum. It is a sharp pain at times. The following also describes me: What should I do?

Costochondritis: = inflammation of the cartilages between your ribs and breastbone (sternum) is a very common condition. Try applying ICE or HEAT or BOTH (which ever helps most) to the place (s) where you feel the pain!
OTC NSAIDS (eg: Ibuprofen) may also help!
Hope this is helpful

Dr Z ...Read more

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I am experiencing difficulty staying awake during day, chest wall pain, fatigue and increasing ankle swelling. The following also describe: :gasping?

I am experiencing difficulty staying awake during day, chest wall pain, fatigue and increasing ankle swelling. The following also describe: :gasping?

Cardiac workup: The signs and symptoms you describe are most often found related to cardiac or lung related issues. Need to be evaluated with ECG and echo and Chest x ray and physical exam by competent physician ...Read more

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In a 29yo f; where would one start looking 4 a cause of bilat. Pingueculitis, bilat. Ankle/foot edema, & chest wall pain? Could there be a unifying dx?

In a 29yo f; where would one start looking 4 a cause of bilat. Pingueculitis, bilat. Ankle/foot edema, & chest wall pain? Could there be a unifying dx?

Pingueculitis: Pingueculitis is usually an isolated ocular condition usually related to chronic environmental exposure to sun and wind. Most likely not related to your other symptoms. ...Read more

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Chest wall pain on7/5, developed bad cold like symptoms on7/6, developed stiff/sore neck today. Accidentally inhaled firework smoke on7/4. ER visit???

Chest wall pain on7/5, developed bad cold like symptoms on7/6, developed stiff/sore neck today. Accidentally inhaled firework smoke on7/4. ER visit???

Mgt: If you are having difficulty breathing, I would suggest being seen. There may be irritation and inflammatory changes in the airway. You should be evaluated. The stiffness of your neck is probably muscular but warrants an exam. ...Read more

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I've been having chest pains that feel like cramps, what could it be?

I've been having chest pains that feel like cramps, what could it be?

# of things: It could be any of a number of things. Your doctor should see you and do a history physical, possibly run some tests, then let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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I'm having cramps headaches and chest pains what exactly is it

I'm having cramps headaches and chest pains what exactly is it

Cramps headaches che: It could be anxiety, or it could be a change in hormone levels, or it could be an effect from a medication or withdrawal of a medication. ...Read more

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