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Chest tightness

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 19, 2007
  • 00:49 AM

Hi there,

I'm in a foreign country/location which makes a doctors diagnosis a bit of an issue.

For the past couple of days I've had something of a chest tightness, it feels as if there's downward pressure on my chest making automated breathing hard and I now only breathe in short breathes beacuse of this tightness. I also feel somewhat lightheaded because of this, no sign of a panic attack or heart racing but somewhat of a scary thing.

Mostly though its allmost as if the automated response to breathe is lacking and I'm having to conciously breathe deep breathes. It also affects my sleeping somewhat but physical activity has no noticable impact, i.e. I dont feel any more or less short of breathe in physical activity.

Any suggestions or reccomendations?

Many thanks

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  • You could have a developing pneumothorax, even tension pneumothorax which is life-threatening requiring immediate treatment. A tension pneumothorax is a complete collapse of the lung. It occurs when air enters, but does not leave, the space around the lung (pleural space). Air enters the pleural space with each breath and becomes trapped there. As the amount of trapped air accumulates, pressure builds up in the chest. The lung collapses on that side and may push the important structures in the center of the chest (such as the heart, major blood vessels, and airways) toward the other side of the chest. The shift may cause compression of the opposite lung and may affect the flow of blood returning to the heart. Pneumothorax will be visible on chest X-ray . Chest tube insertion required. Its important whatever you have, its affecting your breathing and would require you to see a doctor right away.
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