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Why do I feel the need to take excessive deep breaths? It causes me to get light left side back pain n light chest pain & lightheadecan it be anxiety?

Why do I feel the need to take excessive deep breaths? It causes me to get light left side back pain n light chest pain & lightheadecan it be anxiety?

Yes, it can: Anxiety can involve mental, emotional, and physical symptoms. These commonly appear in respiratory system as well as cardiovascular, gi, and neurological systems too. For thoroughness it's a good idea to have a checkup with your primary care doctor. But your anxiety can be treated with a combination of psychotherapy and medications if those are needed. A psychiatrist & psychologist can help. ...Read more

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Chest Pain (Definition)

The chest resides between the neck & abdomen. Chest pain refers to ...Read more


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What can cause sudden, moderate to severe right-sided chest pain? It is worse with taking a deep breath and gets worse after pressing on my chest. It hurts along my sternum and in the middle beneath my breast. The left side does not hurt.

What can cause sudden, moderate to severe right-sided chest pain? It is worse with taking a deep breath and gets worse after pressing on my chest. It hurts along my sternum and in the middle beneath my breast. The left side does not hurt.

R/O PLEURITIS: PLEURITIS=inflammation of the lining of the lung and Pericarditis = inflammation of the lining of the heart can both cause referred shoulder pain. As well as a PE=Lung blood clot. You need a full exam lab testing CXR/EKG/Shoulder X-ray to evaluate your symptoms . Please seek prompt medical attention for diagnosis and treatment options. ...Read more

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Burning sensation through upper chest, pain in armpits and shoulders for the last couple of days I have had a feeling of heaviness in the left side of my chest along with shortness of breath. I seen my doctor about this and he believes that it was caused

The : The symptoms you describe are typical of a heart attack or inflammation around the heart (pericarditis) - they can also be caused by anxiety and hyperventilation. So yes, it could be serious. Key items for revealing if there is a heart problem would be an electrocardiogram (ekg) and blood tests, perhaps an echocardiogram (looking at the heart and pericardium with sound waves). If your doctor has done the tests described, check with him again to see what else could be causing the problem. If not, it could be best to seek another opinion. ...Read more

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Left side chest pain all the time from several days. Pain can be pinpointed between the joint of rib and the sternum. Chest squeeze/long breath =pain.

Chest wall pain: Hi, if this chest pain is not brought on by exertion (walking, running, exercise) and is there all the time with movement of your torso or pushing on a specific spot with your finger, it is most likely a chest wall pain/costochondritis. Consider warm or cold compress, and taking ibuprofen like medication may help. ...Read more

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22 w/Left side chest pain shooting to upper back, belching. Pain with deep breaths,and movement.2 ekg = good, 1 echocardiogram= good, bloodwork = good?

22 w/Left side chest pain shooting to upper back, belching. Pain with deep breaths,and movement.2 ekg = good, 1 echocardiogram= good, bloodwork = good?

Symptoms: Sounds like you may be an air swallower and have gaseous distension. You could try 'Gas-X' tabs, 2 QID for a few days and see if it helps. If so you need to learn how to swallow less air. ...Read more

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Left side chest pain.no shortness of breath or breathing problems.no cough or other symptoms.burps came too much.smoker bt quit it.is dis lung cancer?

Left side chest pain.no shortness of breath or breathing problems.no cough or other symptoms.burps came too much.smoker bt quit it.is dis lung cancer?

Unlikely,due to your: age.Does any movement make it worse?this would suggest a musculoskeletal origin.Pleuritic chest pain is worse with deep breaths and caused by lung irritation/pneumonia.There are many structures in the chest that can cause pain.A careful history,physical exam,and x-Rays may b required to discover the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have hade this chest pain on my left side that has last all day it hurts worse when i breath and move around. ?

I have hade this chest pain on my left side that has last all day it  hurts worse when i breath and move around. ?

Eval recommended: Given your age and increased pain with breathing, this may be inflammation of the chest wall bones, cartilage (costochondritis) or inflamed lining around the lung (pleurisy). You should be evaluated as soon as possible to rule out more serious conditions, cardiac problem or even blood clot in the lung (Pulmonary Embolism). ...Read more

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Left sided chest pain. Stays localized the worrysome part is the increasing difficulty in breathing or catching breath over past 2 months. What is it ?

Left sided chest pain. Stays localized the worrysome part is the increasing difficulty in breathing or catching breath over past 2 months. What is it
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Many possibilities..: It is very difficult to tell just w/ this piece of information. Since it is possible that your heart could be the problem you are young and this could include a wide range of possibilities: lung problems(like asthma or COPD), muscular, gastritis or acid reflux, to mention a few. It is important that you see someone for exam and possible tests. If pain gets severe and lasts > few mins go to ED. ...Read more

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Sharp chest pain on left side. Hurts more when I breath and move certain ways and put pressure on my chest. Pain shoots up my neck on left side?

Prob NT Coronary Dis: At 17 unlikely Cor Dis leading Hrt Atak. Could be Gas in splenic flexure, could be Pericarditis. In pericar U feel better sit up than lie down. Both cause pain w breathng. Gas Lft Upper quad Abd(splen flex) causes pain in Lft shoulder. Pain can also be a lft pleural catch: lung lining caught betw ribs. Pericard can come after viral illness +other poss. Start w prim MD Phys exam & ECG, U/S abd. ...Read more

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When I take a deep breath I have pain in my left shoulder & on the right side of my chest. Pain has lessened greatly w/time, should I be worried?

?Pleurisy: May be musculosketal pain but sounds like its pleuritic in nature. That means it could be related to inflammation of a layer of tissue surrounding the lungs. If its persistent, I would see a physician for further tests, for example, chest XR , blood work,EKG etc. ...Read more

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Turn my head l & r (normal speed) & I get a sharp pain on the r side of my chest. Pain remains w/ deep breaths. 2days now. What can cause this pain?

Turn my head l & r (normal speed) & I get a sharp pain on the r side of my chest. Pain remains w/ deep breaths. 2days now. What can cause this pain?

Chest wall: The behavior of pain appears to be related to motion, i.e., neck movement and breathing. Pleuritic pain is elicited by breathing. But your pain also comes on with turning your head right and left. Anything related to chest wall most likely leads to your symptoms. Please see a physician if this persists. ...Read more

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What causes chest pain on the right side underneath the arm? Hurts to bend over that direction, and a little when taking deep breaths. Pain rate is 6.

What causes chest pain on the right side underneath the arm? Hurts to bend over that direction, and a little when taking deep breaths. Pain rate is 6.

Ribcage: This sounds like it is coming from the muscles and or bones of your ribcage. It may also be inflammation of the lining of your lung (pleurisy). Seeyour doc to get it checked out.. ...Read more

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Have influenza. Now experiencing sharp brief breath taking all over chest pain and a constant dull ache over left side. Fast HR. ER?

Have influenza. Now experiencing sharp brief breath taking all over chest pain and a constant dull ache over left side. Fast HR. ER?

How fast is "fast"?: No fever? If you are an athlete with a baseline heart rate in the 40-50s (or not but in the 60-70s) and now you are pumping at a rate in the 90s or more, with a left-sided dull ache and painful breathing, then, yes. ER. They can evaluate you & rule out worst case scenarios. Make sure to tell them if you or anyone around you travelled or been sick. Hydrate aggressively on the way. ...Read more

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The last few days i've been having chest pain on left side feels worse when i take deep breath. Also back pain. Any ideas? When is chest pain serious?

The last few days i've been having chest pain on left side feels worse when i take deep breath. Also back pain. Any ideas? When is chest pain serious?

Chest pain: On the left side is serious until you can explain that it isn't your heart. Diaphram sounds involved. Any chance you just upset your stomach with the ibuprofen? Must rule out heart/aorta/abdomin issues then go from there. ...Read more

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