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Q. Can stress cause tightness in the chest?

Answered by
Dr. Nene Devavrat Harihar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 03, 2017 and last reviewed on: Aug 02, 2022

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 minutes.

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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

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 you could provide some more details, I can help you.

Hello doctor,

Thanks for your reply.

I do have anxiety issues, particularly when it concerns my health, which is why this freaks me out.

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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • It appears to be related to your anxiety. So, nothing to worry. I would suggest you watch out for any chest pain in which case consult a cardiologist. Otherwise, these tightening sensations over the head, face, and abdomen do not mean anything. Just ignore them.
  • I suggest taking tablet Amitriptyline 10 mg one tablet at night. I strongly feel that it can help you.
  • Also, check online for mindfulness meditation techniques and practice them daily. You will be perfectly fine.

Take care.

For more information consult a neurologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/neurologist


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