Chest Discomfort

Chest discomfort or pain is not necessarily a sign of heart problem, as it can result from problems in the lungs, muscles, esophagus, ribs, or nerves. Some of the common causes of chest discomfort are angina, pericarditis, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia, panic attack, gastritis, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

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Why do I feel tightness in the chest even after even after taking asthma medicines for the past two years?

Query: Hello doctor, I am frustrated with my asthma. I am 26 years old and developed asthma two years ago. It went untreated for almost a year, then I started taking Qvar (two puffs twice a day) and moved to Symbicort. I am currently on 180/4.5 of Symbicort, two puffs twice a day. While it helped a lot, I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Chandra Shekhar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There are two types of treatment for asthma control and relief. I would suggest you - Use Levolin (Levosalbutamol) metered-dose inhaler (MDI) two to four puffs per day. Take capsule AB Phylline (Acebrophylline) 100 mg twice a day. Use Symbicort (Budesonide-Formoterol) th...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for tightness in the head, chest, and abdomen?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had sensations of tightening in my head, face, chest, and abdomen on and off several times a day. I had them last week and it lasted a couple of days and went away for a week until now. Today, I have them more. It is like a light contraction feeling that lasts for a few minu...  Read Full »

Dr. Devavrat Harihar Nene

Answer: Hello, Welcome to A tightening sensation requires a little more description. It is difficult to comment upon without more information. Are you going through any stress? There cannot be a single neurological cause for your symptoms. Most likely it is benign. So do not worry.  But, if yo...  Read Full »

I recently felt a chest heaviness and a pinching pain. How frequently should I get the treadmill test done?

Query: Hello doctor, I run about five kilometers every alternate day. I recently felt a chest heaviness and a pinching pain. So, I went in for a TMT test. I want to know the frequency at which such tests are to be done. I am attaching the results of my tests.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your health query and can understand that you are worried about your heart. I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). On review of your TMT (treadmill test), I see no issues with your heart. There are no cha...  Read Full »

My poop is black in color for the past five days. What could be the cause?

Query: Hi doctor, I have headache on the sides of my head, lower neck stiffness, mild chest tightness, difficulty in swallowing, mild burning sensation on the scalp and face, which spreads to hands and legs at times.The main concern is that my fecal matter has been black for the past five days. I am not ta...  Read Full »

Dr. Bn Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query, and I understand your concern. Black stool needs investigation unless you eat foods that can turn your stool black in color like dark chocolate, cookies or biscuits, blueberries, or taking iron supplements or bismuth-containing indigestion med...  Read Full »

I am experiencing different sensations in my body after my second dosage of COVID vaccine. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, After my second dose of COVID vaccination, I started experiencing different sensations in my body. The second day after the vaccine, I started getting intense feelings in my body. First, I would get extremely dizzy, then my speech would almost become slurred and confused, then my eye lid...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like to know some details about your symptoms: 1) How long do these symptoms last? 2) Did you ever experience palpitation or breathing difficulties or did you experience any feeling of sinking or any fearfulness? 3) How many times in a week do yo...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to have activity restrictions in case of pericarditis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 41-year-old female. I was hospitalized for mild chest discomfort three months back and was diagnosed with a previously occurred pericarditis. The pain disappeared in a day, and I have had no physical symptoms. Also, my LV is mildly dilated with a normal function. I take capsu...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 1) If you had pericarditis (swelling and irritation of the thin sac-like tissue surrounding the heart), it would have resolved as it is past three months, and it is good that you have normal LV (left ventricle) function; you can do all physical activities, includ...  Read Full »

Why am I having cramps on my left arm and hand when running or walking?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 39-year-old male. I have been having a tingling sensation down on my left arm and hand when walking or running. I had taken ECG and blood tests, and also I have seen a physiotherapist and massage therapists, and they have said I have a very tight shoulder and muscles in that regio...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. As per your reports (attachment removed to protect patient's identity), ECG (electrocardiography) is normal. Do you have a fear of angina? How do you get chest pain? Do you have a family history of cardiac issues? Do you have hypertensi...  Read Full »

What are the reason for persistent chest pain, shortness of breath, and upper back pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a potential blood clot but, a chest CT came back clear. I still have chest pain and upper back pain as well as shortness of breath. What could this be? They said it was potentially a muscular or skeletal pain but, I get pain on the left side especially. They suggested pain killer...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your post. Any chest pain that increases with body movements such as coughing, sneezing, or picking up an object is not from the heart and is usually from the muscles surrounding the chest wall or sometimes the outer covering of the lung called pleura. ...  Read Full »

I have pain in my chest and it last for about 45 seconds. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 40 years old. Two years back, my blood and cholesterol levels were normal. My blood pressure is mostly 125/85 mm Hg. I had a sharp pain that lasted 1 to 2 minutes yesterday. The first pain was about 45 seconds, and then 30 seconds later, I had another 45 seconds of pain. It was l...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to When did you experience the pain? Are you a known smoker, or do you often consume alcohol? Do you have a family history of heart diseases? I suggest you do an ECG (electrocardiography), lipid profile test, and fasting blood sugar test as soon as you can. Your wei...  Read Full »

Are the tightness in my chest and labored breathing due to walking?

Query: Hello doctor, Five years ago, I quit smoking. I am a 34 year old male, who weighs 220 lbs. I had health anxiety and had asthma tests, ECG, EKG, and chest x-rays done. I drank fairly often for four years. The last three months, the frequency picked up, and I was getting really drunk. Over the four ye...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Does this occurs only on exercise and relieves with rest? Do you still smoke? Do you have any other symptoms of gastritis and reflux like nausea, abdominal pain, chest burning, etc.? This can occur just due to heavy unaccustomed exertion or even smoking. But...  Read Full »

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