I am having a feeling of tightness in my chest and upper back/shoulder area. My left shoulder is also hurting, as is my left elbow. My neck feels as though I have a cramp in it. There is also stiffness and pain in my jaw and neck. What could be causing all of this, and should I be alarmed?
I encourage you to go to the emergency room as soon as possible. The symptoms you describe are the same as the symptoms of a heart attack . While it may turn out being something else, certainly these symptoms need to be addressed immediately. Any time you have pain in your chest like that, you should go to an ER immediately.
Here is some information on cardiac issues you might find helpful:
Heart Attack Symptoms and Warning Signs
Stress and Heart Disease
7 Ways Your Body Says You’re Stressed
Best of luck,
Monica M. Skidmore, MS, RD, LDN