How to get relief from Chest Tightness?

Tightness in Your Chest? What It Could Mean

Waking up with chest pain can be disturbing. A minor issue, such as stress or indigestion, could be the source of the discomfort. A serious problem, such as a heart attack or pulmonary embolism, could also be causing the pain.

Chest pain should always be taken seriously and one should consult a primary care doctor at the earliest. 

What Is Tightness in the Chest?

Any discomfort felt between your lower neck and upper abdomen is referred to as chest tightness, also known as chest pressure or chest pain.

In terms of how it feels and how often it occurs, chest tightness can vary. The tightness can be felt throughout the chest area. It can also be found in one or more places on the chest.

Some people describe it as a feeling of fullness, while others describe it as a feeling of weight on the chest. Some people may only have this experience once. Others with certain illnesses, such as asthma, may experience it more frequently. When people experience chest tightness, they frequently believe they are having a heart attack, but this is only one possible cause. PatientMD is an AI-driven online health management platform providing healthcare services at the most affordable price. 

What causes chest tightness?

Chest tightness can be caused by a variety of disorders, diseases, and conditions ranging from mild to severe. Infection, infarction, inflammation, trauma, malignancy, and other abnormal processes can cause chest tightness. While some cases of chest tightness are caused by heart problems, they can also be caused by respiratory diseases, digestive problems, anxiety disorders, or a pulled muscle or tendon. Chest tightness in children is usually not caused by a heart attack, but by asthma or inflammation of the ribcage joints.

Other causes

  • Costochondritis. It is a condition in which the cartilage in your rib cage becomes inflamed. This condition can feel like a heart attack, especially if the inflammation is in the cartilage that connects your ribs to your breastbone.
  • Panic attack. If you have chest pain along with a racing heart, rapid breathing, and profuse sweating, you may be having a panic attack. Dizziness, nausea, and intense fear are all common symptoms of panic attacks.
  • Injury. Chest pain can be caused by a muscle strain or a broken rib. When you're sleeping, movements like twisting or turning your upper body can aggravate the pain, resulting in chest pain when you wake up.

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Final words

If you wake up with chest pain, the first thing you should think about is whether it's coming from a known source. If you have a broken rib or have been diagnosed with pancreatitis, for example, your discomfort is almost certainly due to a pre-existing condition that is being treated.

Wait a few minutes if the pain comes on suddenly and has no obvious source. Although the pain could be caused by something as minor as indigestion or anxiety, it could also be caused by something more serious. An aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism, or heart attack are all serious problems that should be treated right away. To learn more about our services, text us at +18727048154.