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A 34-year-old female asked:

Hi dr, i have pain in the left side of my chest, right by my breast. its worsed when i take deep breaths. i have to poke hard to take deep breaths?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Costochrondritis?: At your age and in the absence of other risk factors, I think you might have sprained your chest cage. It will take time to heal but you may try heating pad to see if it offers any relief. NSAID for a couple of weeks may help. Most important-try to avoid the activity which might have caused it . (assumed that you have not fallen and broke some of your ribs)>
Last updated Nov 11, 2019

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