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Constant chest tightness and ache

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I have been having an aching/tight pain in my chest for 2 months now. I have gone to the doctor, who summed it up to 'anxiety', and had an ECG, which showed nothing. It is getting progressively worse, and hurts more when I laugh or cough, and at night when I sleep. I am a very calm collected and relaxed individual, who honestly is not holding on to much stress. Any suggestions here? I have been to my doctor twice, and she seems to be no help.
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replied September 21st, 2011
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Hello and welcome to e health forum.

The description of your chest pain appears to be mostly benign and due to musculoskeletal issues.

Since you have already been examined by your doctor, and it has shown to be normal, cardiac causes can be ruled out.

The pain due to musculoskeletal causes, increase on specific movements or on direct pressure on the affected area as you have mentioned. Such pain can respond to €Žmedications like Ibuprofen 400 mg taken three times a day. This generally resolves within a week.

To rule out other causes, here is a description of other common causes of chest pain which you may find informative.
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Pneumonitis Or Pleuritis : Here the pain increases on deep breaths and is associated with symptoms like cough, expectoration of mucus or purulent sputum, etc.

GERD: This is a common condition that can cause people to worry that they have heart conditions. But €Žthis condition usually subsides after taking Antacids or proton pump inhibitors , like Omeprazole, or H2 Žblockers like Ranitidine.

I hope this helps.


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