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A 31-year-old female asked:

How come when i take a deep breath i get a pain in my back light pain on the left side right around the scapula and below? chest x-ray/ekg normal

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Dr. Christiaan Maurer
Dr. Christiaan Maureranswered
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Referred pain?: Could be referred pain from your liver/gallbladder.
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Dr. Mitchell Cohn
Pain Management 36 years experience
Dysfunctional Rib: Could be referred pain from some organ, but unlikely.Key is the pain with deep breath and in the back around the scapula.Ribs should rise & fall with inhaling/exhaling, but when they lock down so they can't rise with inhalation, pain-sharp or severe aching-results.Vertebra may also be involved.Get a good osteopathic exam.Can usually be fixed with gentle osteopathic manipulation right in office.
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Last updated Mar 15, 2019

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