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Chest Pain And When To See A Doctor
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coquetterie posted:
I have had heart pain for a few weeks now. The last few days have worsened; a dull ache bordering on pain. It is fairly constant and will dissipate for a few minutes and return. It extends through to the upper middle back where I feel the need to stretch it out but with no relief. I breathe deeply and try to relax. This feeling lasts all day and night with periods of comfort. I am not short of breath but do feel pressure on my heart which makes me feel the need to breathe deeply. My heart beats hard but not faster than usual. I get very tired at times.
I am a 42 year old female who has a history of heavy smoking. No other bad habits per se and do not eat meat. I don't exercise so not much cardio and I am not overweight.
When do I take these symptoms seriously enough to go to a hospital? How bad should pain get and what should I be feeling in the sense of pain to warrant a hospital visit?
Thank you for your help, in advance.
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cardiostarusa1 responded:
Hi:

"I have had heart pain for a few weeks now. The last few days have worsened; a dull ache bordering on pain. It is fairly constant and....."

......"has a history of heavy smoking."

You should have seen a doctor by now. Do see one promptly/ASAP!

Also, just say NO to cigarettes.

In general-only here, chest/heart area pain, stationary or radiating elsewhere, with or without accompanying symptoms, has various causes, cardiac and non-cardiac, which includes, but not limited to, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, and psychological/psychogenic.

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http://www.emedicinehealth.com/chest_pain/article_em.htm

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Non-cardiac chest pain, as applicable to the patient

Musculoskeletal-related

The chest contains many muscles, bones, tendons, and cartilage and strains or sprains to any of these may/can can cause chest pain. Chest pain associated with musculoskeletal injury is typically sharp and confined to a specific area of the chest.

The pain may/can be brought on by movement of the chest and/or arms into certain positions, and often is relieved by changing position.

The pain may/can be triggered off by pushing on part of the chest and often become worse when taking a deep breath. Though the pain typically last only seconds, it may/can also persist for days or longer.

If/when chest pain increases when you press your finger on the painful site, or if you can pinpoint the spot that hurts, it is most likely chest wall-related pain, which may/can be caused by strained muscles or ligaments or even by a fractured rib.

BCWP/TBCWP

Benign chest wall pain/Transitory benign chest wall pain

This pain may/can be brief or fleeting and often described as being sharp.

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Additionally, of the different types/kinds of heart conditions, various symptoms may/can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic) or even be silent.

Best of luck down the road of life.

Take care,

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brunosbud responded:
People usually see doctors for assurance and peace of mind. But, some people are willing to forgo peace of mind rather than be confronted with the truth. In the end, no matter how smart (or dumb) we may be, we all possess "intuition"...and, 9 times out of 10, our intuition proves to be pretty darn accurate. Short of putting a gun to your head, your body is telling you it needs your doctor's immediate attention, now.


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