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A 35-year-old female asked:

About 1-2 times a week i get a stabbing pain in my left side under breast. it can be severe enough to not breath but only for maybe 10 secs. normal?

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Dr. Charles Owen
Emergency Medicine 42 years experience
Normal? No: While such a pain is not "normal", it is unlikely to be anything serious. Many pains like this simply pass with time and simple anti-inflammatories (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen) are worth a try. Signs that it should be looked into further include worsening frequency or intensity, associated cough, fever, shortness of breath, masses or swelling in breasts, local skin changes, etc.
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Dr. Paul Kovatis
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
NOT norma.l: Not normal. Can be as simple as a strained rib muscle or serious like a cardiac problem or breast issues. Please see a primary md.
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Last updated Mar 31, 2021

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