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What causes tightness in the left side of the neck?

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Posted on Fri, 29 Jul 2016
Question: I have tightness in left side neck, feels like it is squeezing then it goes away, it occurs without warning any time of day
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Answered by Dr. Meriton Siqeca (14 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Some tests are required

Detailed Answer:
Greetings and welcome to HCM. I understand your concern.

Well, I could not give an exact thought about the symptom, since there are some tests that are needed to be performed. It is an area that encompasses a lot of tissues, therefore the following tests are required:

- an EKG to assess the heart electrical activity in resting state, where we can find out whether this is coming from the heart or not

- an echo cardiogram - to evaluate whether this is due to any structural or functional damage of the heart chambers or the valves

- a plain chest X-ray, which will tell us rule out or confirm whether this pain is coming by a disorder interesting the pulmonary parenchyma and/or its lining (the pleura)

- a plain X-ray of the neck vertebrae - since from the neck vertebrae there are nerves derived, which innervate the upper chest and the interested area you described.

It is only after all these tests are done that we can have a conclusion, and provide the most valuable treatment for your problem.

I hope I was helpful. I am happy to help, if you have follow-up questions.

Best regards,
Dr. Meriton
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What causes tightness in the left side of the neck?

Brief Answer: Some tests are required Detailed Answer: Greetings and welcome to HCM. I understand your concern. Well, I could not give an exact thought about the symptom, since there are some tests that are needed to be performed. It is an area that encompasses a lot of tissues, therefore the following tests are required: - an EKG to assess the heart electrical activity in resting state, where we can find out whether this is coming from the heart or not - an echo cardiogram - to evaluate whether this is due to any structural or functional damage of the heart chambers or the valves - a plain chest X-ray, which will tell us rule out or confirm whether this pain is coming by a disorder interesting the pulmonary parenchyma and/or its lining (the pleura) - a plain X-ray of the neck vertebrae - since from the neck vertebrae there are nerves derived, which innervate the upper chest and the interested area you described. It is only after all these tests are done that we can have a conclusion, and provide the most valuable treatment for your problem. I hope I was helpful. I am happy to help, if you have follow-up questions. Best regards, Dr. Meriton