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A 22-year-old male asked:

Sharp pain in the left side of back near bottom of ribs when i breath deep or stretch. can feel it in chest sometimes too. been few days. cancer?

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Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 31 years experience
Pain with deep brth: Usually when you have pain with a deep breath we think what grandma used to call pleurisy..inflammation of the lining of the lung. Since you also have pain with movement it most likely is a pulled muscle, one of the small ones between your ribs. Heat, rest and ibuprofen for a couple of days. If it doesnt get better in 2 wks see your Doc. Very uncommon to be a cancer.

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Last updated Jul 1, 2018

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