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yuri1997 yuri1997

Chest pain when cold

Whenever I get cold I start getting chest pain. It can be any situation like sleeping at night as the temperature falls in the room, wearing a wet t-shirt for some time, not being dressed properly in the cold weather. The result is always the same, I get terrible pain in my chest, every breath hurts, the deeper the worse it is. It only goes away from one thing I cover up, put on a sweater or jacket, even if the rest of my body feels fine, I need to feel really warm and then I recover and the pain goes away. This started happening about a year ago. I really don't understand it. I don't even get that cold. The rest of my body feels fine. It's like I have to always maintain a high temperature around my chest.

I'm a 31 year old man. No major health problems. Exercise regularly. There's some stress in my life but I generally manage it. I am pretty skinny (5'7 at 135lbs) and have been all of my life. I've been going to the gym so I'm relatively muscely. I don't know if it's body composition, but it feels strange that just my chest can cool off so much to cause this pain. The pain is bad, it makes me worried about going to places where I might not be able to get warm when I need to (like camping). Why is it happening and what should I do? Why can't I find any info about it on the internet?

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  • samuels samuels yuri1997

    Hi yuri

    I don't have an answer to your question, Angina usually means moderate to severe chest pain that requires medication to relieve the pain,if GTN doesn't get rid of the pain then it's a trip to the emergency department. cold weather is a prime trigger for angina, especially the unstable type as is emotional stress another trigger. As a rule of thumb if it hurts it's muscular  in origin, other causes are lungs or the lining between your lungs and chest wall, I forget what they call this lining but when that gets inflamed it causes great pain but it doesn't usually go away just by warming up , it's called pleuracy.

    Other things you could try and look under via google is panic / anxiety , unstable angina , even see what it gives you when you look under pleuracy. Hope this helps.

    • samuels samuels

      Sorry I made a typo last post and you might be scratching your head....sorry... it should of read

      As a rule of thumb if it hurts to breathe it's generally muscular in origin.

  • gillian 25383 gillian 25383 yuri1997

    I have asthma as well as angina.My asthma is worse in cold weather.Wearing scarf over nose/mouth so air is slightly warmer on entering lungs helps me.If GTN spray does not work maybe GO could check your lungs.Good luck

  • marwan18111985 marwan18111985 yuri1997

    Hi Yuri , i am so sorry to hear that .

    I am 31 and got exactly same symptoms of yours .

    Once cold sneak inside my chest i feel pain in every breath and even if i swallow my own saliva , sometimes it comes with cold feets .

    The only way to get rid of it , either to take hot shower that will give u fast recovery , or to worm ur self and deink something hot ( slow recovery ) .

    From my researchs and notices it is most properly from sophageal .

    I don't think this is something serious or related to heart problems.

    For me it comes 3 or 4 times a year , if you have it more oftenly then better you consult a doctor .

  • bryan09634 bryan09634 yuri1997

    Hey yuri , I experience the same exact things as you and I think I've been like this for a long time . Once I went camping and didn't bring enough to cover up with. Woke up with serious pain from sleeping cold, but what woke me up was that I had to pee . The pain didn't go away for the whole night since I had nothing to cover with. Last night I had same issue and it took about an hour after putting on a sweater to get back to normal. I feel as though we don't have a serious issue but it's definitely temperature related or maybe sensitive lungs ? Who knows man It may be angina but it doesn't fit description.

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