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What causes chest tightness with radiation to the back?

Hi, i am 29 year old female and have been having chest tightness that is between my breasts and radiates into my back. Its scarring me .... ive noticed for the last two weeks, its been coming and going and today it's been hurting all day . When I sit down is when it really starts to hurt and tighten....
Thu, 7 Apr 2016
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Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) can cause central chest tightness radiating time back.
GERD is due to laxity of gastroesophageal sphincter. Because of this the acid of the stomach tends to come up in the esophagus and cause symptoms of central chest tightness, burning pain, chest pressure etc.
So better to follow these steps.
1. Avoid stress and tension.
2. Quit smoking and Alcohol if you have these habits.
3. Take proton pump inhibitor like pantoprazole.
4. Avoid hot and spicy food. Avoid large meals, instead take frequent small meals.
Don't worry, you will be alright.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
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