Why chest tightness with a migraine?

During the past couple migraines I’ve had, I’ve noticed my chest gets very tight and it feels hard to breathe or catch my breath. If I notice this, I try to take deep breaths, hoping to fall asleep. I wonder if this is something very serious? Or if anyone else experiences it? I wonder if it is just panic (from knowing the pain is either coming or won’t be gone for a while). Does anyone have any insight to chest tightness during a migraine? Thank you.

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  • lightweaver
    10 months ago

    Have you tried stretching as muscles maybe tight or deep breathing to relax. That is what helped me with ended up being a panic attack. Talk with your doctor.

  • marigoldmg
    10 months ago

    What are u taking for migraine? When i tried tryptophans, I had severe chest tightness/ so i stopped it. But def see a good doc about this symptom – I don’t think it’s a normal migraine symptom

  • greeningo author
    10 months ago

    Hi marigoldmg, thanks for the response. I’ve been taking sumitriptan. I find it’s not very effective and maybe attributing to the chest tightness, too.
    Thanks again, take care.

  • michelm
    10 months ago

    Hi there, as a nurse, I echo Nancy, this may be panic but should be checked out by your doctor. As migraines reflect a change in the constriction/dilation of your blood vessels and tight chests can relate to heart problems which also relate to how your blood vessels are operating, an appointment to your doctor would be a good idea. Michel

  • greeningo author
    10 months ago

    Thank you michelm.
    I plan to get this looked at.. thanks for your advice.
    Take care.

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    11 months ago

    Hi greeningo,

    Thank you for your question. The chest tightness you describe may be from anxiety or panic before/during a migraine attack. Having said that, the best thing you can do is contact your doctor and make sure everything checks out.

    Please let us know how you make out,

  • greeningo author
    10 months ago

    Thank you, Nancy. I’ll let you know what I find. I appreciate your help.

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