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A 32-year-old female asked about a 31-year-old male:

Sharp pain on left side just under the shoulder blade / rib cage but only while taking a deep breath ? causing a lot of discomfort .

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Be seen: Multiple potential causes, I would not hesitate to be seen. Potential causes could include pleurisy, pneumonia, thoracic radiculopathy, pancreatitis, or even PE. Again, don't hesitate to be seen, a detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually determine the cause.
Dr. Luis Taylor
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Costochondritis: Sounds like costochondritis, an inflammation of the tissue in the rib cage. Usually follows mild trauma , frequent cough or strenous exercise. Icing the site and OTC meds may help. But if not improved after 2-3 days, please schedule a doctors appointment for a thorough exam. Best wishes.

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Last updated Sep 16, 2017

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