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Old 02-08-2013, 01:23 PM   #1
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icedtea HB User
Chest Tightness

Hello Everyone,

I am a newer member and did not see a place for this among the other forum topics. For about 2 weeks now I have been having chest tightness right in the middle of my pecs. It is not really a pain and just feels aggravated. It comes and goes and I feel as though I can breath just fine when it is happening. I still have an appetite, no weight loss, no weight gain, no vomiting, nothing. I did have a shingles break out in December - not sure if this could be from that. I have tried Tums to see if it was indigestion or heart burn and it did not seem to help.

I have experienced something like this in the past and come to find out it was anxiety. I am leaning towards it being that again. I have not went to the emergency room because the pain is not sudden and it not as bothersome as I would think a heart attack would feel like. Also the pain/tightness does not extend to my arms, back, neck, stomach areas.

Any ideas/theories?

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Old 02-08-2013, 03:11 PM   #2
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giantloser HB User
Re: Chest Tightness

is the tightness/pain near your sternum?

I experienced a very weird tightening sensation in my sternum a couple years back and didst do anything about it because I suffered from panic attacks. I continued like this until I had a panic attack whilst this tightening happened so got taken to the emergency room. I was found to be suffering from a mild case of costochondritis - an inflammation of the sternum.

this diagnosis lead to physio, medication etc for a year or so and now I'm fine! don't know if this is relevant in your case, but thought you'd appreciate some sort of reply.

hope all is well!

Old 02-14-2013, 08:42 AM   #3
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icedtea HB User
Re: Chest Tightness

^ Thank you! It went away all by itself now. I am leaning toward stress/anxiety. I told my doctor Tuesday when I was there and she going to do some test.

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