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Chest tightness in the morning and night. Should I be worried?

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i am having a grabbing feeling in chest moring and at ninght
Posted Wed, 11 Apr 2012 in Lung and Chest disorders
Answered by Dr. Hema Yadav 2 hours later

Thanks for posting your query.

Feeling of chest tightness may indicate underlying lung pathology like asthma or hyperactive airway disease or an interstitial lung disease or less likely a cardio pulmonary problem.

If you have difficulty in breathing which is aggravated on exertion or lying down, have wheeze, or recurrent respiratory infections you should consult a chest physician and get evaluated to rule out any lung disorders. If you have history of asthma or allergy ( bronchospasm mentioned) then bronchodilator like salbutamol and steroid inhalers may provide relief from the chest tightness.

Your doctor may also advise some baseline tests like x-rays, and blood counts, blood gases ( oxygen saturation), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (for chronic disease) etc. to confirm the diagnosis and it's severity. Treatment can then be started accordingly either inhalers only or along with oral medicines (antibiotics, anti inflammatory) etc.

Please do not neglect your symptom and do take an early appointment.

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