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Posted by @jensunmelody in Healthy Living, Mar 17, 2015

Hi, I am a middle age woman with more than 4 years of sleeping and waking up with severe tightness in my upper chest and jaw everyday. The feeling of heaviness in my upper chest subsides in about an hour after waking up. I have gone through tests for GERD and pulmonary conditions. No definitive diagnoses determined. I have also tried medications for GERD and take inhaler before sleep. Nothing worked. My GI doctor already gave up on me. I do have regurgitation of heart, but my Cardiologist confirmed that this is not heart related. I also do not have a diagnosis for my positive ANA and high Titer. Lately, I developed dull pain on the back of my head behind my ear. My Neurologist is not worrying about it and told me to go back for a follow-up in a year. My biggest problem is sleep and waking up with severe tightness in my upper chest. Is it stress related?

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Posted by @rebeccamcroberts, Mar 18, 2015

Hi Melody,

I’m sorry to hear what you are going through! Unfortunately, we cannot diagnose conditions, provide second opinions or make specific treatment recommendations through this correspondence. However, if you’d like to seek help from Mayo Clinic, please call one of our appointment offices (Arizona: 800-446-2279 Florida: 904-953-0853 Minnesota: 507-538-3270) and they’ll get you set up.

If you think it might be stress related, and are interested in stress management tips or relaxation techniques, check out this page:


Posted by @jensunmelody, Mar 18, 2015

Hi Rebecca,

Thank you so much for your infor. I live in New York. Any of Mayo's locations will not be accessible. However, can you recommended a Specialist whom you believe I can go for a second opinion?

Many thanks to your tips on relaxation techniques. At this point, I am willing to try and do anything to find comfort at sleep.


Posted by @kelseydm, Mar 19, 2015

Hi Melody! We are looking into this and will get back to your shortly.


Posted by @jensunmelody, Mar 19, 2015

Hi Kelsey,

Thank you so much! I really appreciate it.


Posted by @rebeccamcroberts, Mar 20, 2015

Hi Melody,

Unfortunately, we're not able to recommend a doctor for you, but you should be able to find a specialist within your area by searching online.

Our Stress Blog may also be a good resource for you - it includes regular updates from Mayo doctors about stress management. You can read more here:


Posted by @jensunmelody, Mar 20, 2015

Hi Rebecca,

Thank you very much for your help. I value your input and will look into it.
Not until the past 4-5 years, I start realizing the importance of sleep. I want to find comfort and mostly, a cure and do not want to be a patient who constantly taking sick hours for a doctor visit. I hope that every one regardless of the kind of illness, can find a cure for the diseases one suffers. I understand that there may be no explanation on the cause of illness and symptom. However, it is important for me to find the cure. It is getting a point that I almost do not want to fall asleep knowing that I will not sleep and wake up comfortably.

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