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A 21-year-old male asked:

I get pains in my lower chest on the left side when i wake up or haven't moved for prolonged periods of time. hurts to take deep breaths or stretch.

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Uyeda
General Surgery 46 years experience
Tough to say for: Sure with this brief description. It sounds like pain with muscular origin, but it could be pain from internal organs such as lung, diaphragm, spleen, or stomach. It could even be shingles. The most serious problem is blood clot or infection in your lung, so have it checked out.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Check with your doc: No easy answer. Check with your doc to avoid complications.
Dr. Daniel McGee
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Costochondritis: Chest wall pain that occurs with movement or deep breathing in someone young & otherwise healthy are often due to inflamation of the ribs or strained muscles adjacent to the ribs. This is often improved over time with rest and possibly anti inflammatory medications prescribed to be taken by mouth or topically as a cream/gel rubbed on the affected area. Still it needs eval by a dr t.

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