Chest tightness upon waking

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I am a 48 year old female. I have a problem with total boby tingling upon waking, even my head and face, sometimes feeling like I have been breathing too shallow. This has been happening for about one yr. I occassionally have tingling throughtout the day in my legs, arms, and scalp. I spoke to my pcp about this problem and he said "That doesn't make since" and changed the subject. When sleeping I periodically wake with an arm, leg, or my side tingling.
I too experience pain in my "kidney are" upon waking. Throughout the week I get minimal sleep; five hours maximum, and waking with NO pain, but when the weekend comes, and I am sleeping more than that is when I experience this horrible pain. So, I know for a fact that the pain is directly related to sleep (for me). I first went to my MD, and was told that it is muskuloskeletal, and that Motrin should help. No dice.
Whenever I fall asleep and wake up, I have extreme difficulty breathing - tightness in chest, wheezing, coughing a loud, croupy cough - I use my nebulizer with Albuterol and Iprapropium and am better right away. Sometimes I get short of breath just walking from my backyard to the front door, or even while taking a shower, or other light activity. Don't know whether this is simply asthma, which has been diagnosed, or maybe I have congestive heart failure?
old female who for the past week has been experiencing difficulty breathing with a tightness in my left upper chest. I struggle to get a deep breath and sometimes have to yawn to do so. If I thought about it enough and panicked, I could hypervetalate trying to catch my breath. The only relief I get is when laying down to sleep or rest. This started out of nowhere.
Anyway, I was having the chest pain and tightness and spasms and went to the ER. Had EKG and blood tests done and found my heart was okay. BP was a little high 140/85 but been under 128/65 for the last 6 months with diet and exercise. These symptoms were really worrying me, giving me anxiety that I would have a heart attack etc. Hopefully, this is what everyone else if having in lieu of heart problems.
But, I do notice that my thoughts can trigger them upon standing. I did a test. I sat down and cleared my mind for 10 minutes. I stood up and kept my mind clear. No problem. I sat down then started to think about all the problems, past events, lost oppotinuties, etc... I stood up and BAM! The pulsating neck. For me, it seems stress is the cause. My Adrenals reserves are too low, so stress cutting is the only way they can recover. INFO: http://www.howtodothings.
I will sometimes wake up with chest tightness or a bloated feeling in my gut/stomach area. Other times my heart is racing in the morning, it is really horrible. With these symptoms it causes me to feel like I am having problems breathing,almost like I am holding my breath. I am wondering why these symptoms last for hours after I awake. I had an echocardiogram and pulmonary function tests that came out normal. Not sure what else to ask for from my doctor.
I have been suffering from some chest tightness (my sternum and under my left breast mostly) for a few weeks. Just recently, my throat started feeling tight and I have been waking up feeling like I can't breathe and now the pain is now in the center part of my chest. I have had tons of tests done in the past few weeks...HIDA scan, Upper GI, ultrasound of abdomen and pelvis...NOTHING. I have an appt with a GI specialist on the 31st.
I have had for the past 8 mths a constant 24/7 no breaks whatsoever, burning, tightness in my chest mainly the left side, the burning is so intense, also I feel my heart beating hard not fast every waking moment, heartbeat is normal about 60 to 70 bpm. and almost like its vibrating (i know this sounds wierd) all the time, also feels hard to breath at times almost a choking feeling, had several ekgs in the past, blood work in April a ct scan (pulmonary) in March a echo and nuc.
who prescribed it and he said I could add a 25 mg pill before bedtime in addition to the 25 mg pill I take upon waking. However, I am hesistant to do this due to the fact that that Atenolol has already lowered my bp to 88/62 with just one 25mg pill. I also continue to have chest pain. It started on just on the left side of my chest, and was usually sharp in nature. Now I can get it on my right side, between my shoulder blades in my back, in the middle of my chest or wherever.
Yesterday morning I went back into AF and experienced chest pains -- felt throbbing pain with each heart beat and same senation upon inhaling. Today, Sunday morning, chest pain has lessenend but I ams still in and out of A-fib. I asked my Dr. this morning if he still considers the procedure successful. He said not to be discouraged, that patients frequently go back into A-Fib. Says we won't know for sure for about three to four months.
The day after, the tightness in my chest began to fade, but the other symptoms remained. At night, I couldn't fall asleep. My heart was pounding and every time I tried to close my eyes, I felt a heart palpitation and became very scared. This went on for 2 nights. The third day I started to get the chest pains. It was a constant, ache/pain and it really felt like I was going to have a heart attack.
I too enjoy running, and around 3 weeks after giving up smoking I got markedly short of breath, tight chest and chest and back aches and pains, twinges and weird sensations. The only time I actually felt much relief was just after a run, and then the SOB would come back. Prior to giving up smoking - I had a CXR and sputum cytology to get a baseline of lung health. I was surprised to find, the x-ray reported overinflated lungs and air trapping . The doc said could be the start of emphysema.
The nurse said my chest is clear now and I don't have a wheeze. But, I still feel tight, am coughing and waking up at least twice in the night because of it. I also wheeze at night but not in the day. I have been on increased inhalers for the last 6 weeks. My peak flow is now in the middle of the yellow zone sometimes a tiny bit better so it is much better than it was. How long does it take for my breathing to return to normal after this? Does it usually take this long?
For the past few months, I have had a chronic chest tightness upon waking up in the morning. I sometimes have excessive burping. I sleep very well and no problems while laying down. It seems that I can 'push' a spot just to the left of my sternum that is more sensitive. I can 'crack' my sternum (loud, large cracking sound) by just pushing on it. A few months ago, I had esophagal spasms - which seems to have been relieved naturally (or travelled or something)....
I've had this symptom (tightness in the chest that radiates outward, tightness in the jaw that radiates downward along throat and then chest) for a few years now. When it first happened, I went to see a cardio and had a workup that included ekg, stress test, blood works. Everything was normal. Im 48W. The attacks don't happen often. Only a few times a year. But it is scary. And the instant I drink water (room temp or cold) it goes away immediately. I have chucked it to dehydration.
He prescribed me some Beta Blockers, Propranolol 40 mg tablets, have only been taking these for 2 days so am unsure if they are going to work!! Often wake up in the middle of the night feeling tightness across the chest and sometimes I feel like I have an armband around the biceps of both arms, like I said very frightening.
I do not have the arm numbness, but do have sore muscles and twitching. For me, it is mostly a tightness in my chest (breastbone mainly) and my throat feels raw, especially if I excercise. I have been diagnosed with GERD and as of right now am assuming that stress is causing my GERD to act up in turn casuing more acid production which is effecting my esophagus and throat. Hope this helps.
Hi, How are you? Can you elaborate on the character and location of your chest tightness? Any chest discomfort warrants further evaluation to rule out cardiac issues. If this is associated with headache and occurs upon waking, imaging studies may need to be done also and complete neurological examination by your doctor is needed. Your medical history and presence of o-morbid conditions such as hypertension or diabetes are also important considerations. Take care and do keep us posted.
I got the gaulblatter surgery with the little hands, three inscense, one in the chest underneath left breast area and two other places. All I remember right after surgery is waking up, screaming with exstreme pain in my chest, and heart pain and being put back to sleep. Someone I don't even know, calming me as the drugs took and being shot pain killing drugs with needles in so many different muscles in my body.
There is absolutley no tenderness to the area upon palpation nor to any of the costochondral areas of the right chest. As I said earlier, the pain feels "deep". Celebrex, up to 400mg daily, has not helped. The pain is occasionally exacerbated by deep breathing, sometimes it worsens for no apparent reason and has never been at the sternoclavicular joint.
Hi, i was wondering if trapped gas can cause chest soreness, chest tightness, shortness of breath, stabbing pain which is severe enough to think you are having a serious heart problem. and if the answer is yes, how does one go about solving this trapped gas problem? Thanks.
I wish someone could tell me what is wrong with me Starting last September, I was waking up every morning for a week with chest tightness that would go away the moment I stood upright. Went to doctor and cardiologist. My Echo was normal, but ECG showed ST elevation which they said was early repolarization. Then later I noticed that sometimes if I sat up and sat down too quickly, my heartbeat would slow for half a minute before returning to normal.
02 mg/hour nitro patch to wear 12 hours a day This immediately has helped with all symptoms but now have new problems Feeling good well wearing patch but gets tightness in chest not long after patch is removed then in the morning upon waking has even more chest tightness This pass week even well patch is on chest tightness get more dominate and has also used nitro spray sparingly the last 2 nights he is awaken with chest tightness and pain takes a nitro spray and gets relief.
I am no longer in pain, have no shortness of breath unless I reach some level of exertion, rare coronary spasms, mild to moderate chest pressure and occasional chest tightness that requires nitro SL in addition to the 24/7 three 0.4 mg nitro patchs I need to wear. My heart and other body parts are extremely healthy. I have my moments where silly minimal exertion brings on chest tightness and slams me up against the wall! It's all about exertion and stressors.
Chronic widespread muscle pain and stiffness (particularly in upper body, neck, shoulders arms, chest) Nausea,(occassional) Tightness around teeth, particularly front facial pressure Difficulty breathing and swallowing, (recent) tight throat and chest muscles waking up abruptly at night difficulty sleeping constant burning in nostrils and blocked nose upon waking (recent) brain fog, difficulty concentrating I have been to osteopath, years of physio (cortisone injections in shoulder, cervical
I do crotchet and other hand intensive activities, but I have had carpel tunnel in the past and this is totally different. I have also been waking up with asthma symptoms. My chest feels tight and I usually have to use an inhaler upon rising or I can't take a deep breath. Of course when I google Swollen hands and shortness of breath etc I get something like a cancer that someone has had etc. I am also a nurse and know that self-diagnosing is not good..
for tightness in my chest and pain and tightness in both of my arms. I was sent to MonGeneral Hospital in Morgantown WV for a heart cath. Thankfully there weren't any blockages. But, too while I was in the hospital I had another epoisde where my chest got tight and my arms were hurting and heavy. The nurse ended up giving me 3 nitro pills before this subsided. I was sent home on a nitro patch that I'm to wear daily. I'm even more concerned now because I still don't know what's going on.
My resting pulse is usually in the mid-50's. Upon waking, I feel anxiety. Last night (this has happened quite a few times) I got up and of course my heart responds to that by increasing my pulse. I went to the bathroom and went to sit down in the living room and read until I could fall back asleep. My heart then begins beating more and more rapidly, and plateaus somewhere in the 180-200 range. My chest feels tight, but I have no chest pain.
Yes, I have insurance and have had many tests done over the last 2-3 years and would be bankrupt without it. I've had the PFT, various heart testing, etc. My heart is fine as far as those tests showed. I started taking the Lorazepam again last night and was able to sleep. I had bad insomnia while trying to go off Lexapro and Lorazepam. I've opted for the Loraz. due to fewer side effect.
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