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Sharp chest and neck pain while breathing, comes especially sharp when laying face down. Any ideas?

Sharp chest and neck pain while breathing, comes especially sharp when laying face down. Any ideas?

Chest pains: Regardless, could be only muscle pain. However, pain in your chest with the symptoms you have described is a serious medical condition. It is always a red flag and appointment with your PCP for re-evaluation or a cardiologist is warranted. Take care. ...Read more

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Neck Pain (Definition)

Neck pain can be a symptom of many problems, infections, growths, cervical disk disease, fractures, vascular problems (some serious), heart issues, etc., etc. See your doctor for an exam and possible ...Read more


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2 weeks ago I had chest ex-rays and they found a enlarged lymphnode now I went for a second ex-ray and they said its going down but im still having neck pain chest pain fatigue and problems breathing what could this be?

2 weeks ago I had chest ex-rays and they found a enlarged lymphnode now I went for a second ex-ray and they said its going down but im still having neck pain  chest pain fatigue and problems breathing what could this be?

More info: I need more information to answer the question. I would suggest you get a chest cat scan. The scan will determine if you have a lung tumor, lymphoma, emphema, or scar tissue. Also , there could be a metastatic cancerous lesion. ...Read more

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I have tightness in my chest, difficulty in breathing, shoulder and neck pain. I also have a strong heart beat causing an electrical sensation. My doctor said that my heart is alright. What should I do?

I have tightness in my chest, difficulty in breathing, shoulder and neck pain. I also have a strong heart beat causing an electrical sensation. My doctor said that my heart is alright. What should I do?

If not cardiac...: These can be symptoms of an anxiety attack so consider exploring this diagnosis. I would consider costochondritis too, inflammation of the joints of the ribs as they join the sternum (breastbone). This is treated with an anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy. An x-ray might help with diagnosis, though physical exam is most helpful. If the pain localizes, steroid injection helps. ...Read more

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Woke up with chest and neck pain..couldn't fall back to sleep..hurts terribly when I breathe deep. Never experienced any of these symptoms before. ?

Woke up with chest and neck pain..couldn't fall back to sleep..hurts terribly when I breathe deep.  Never experienced any of these symptoms before. ?

Could be: a pinched nerve. These are common especially when we sleep the wrong way. Chest pain should always be concerning and get checked out, but we see it alot with the pinched nerves which can start in the neck. When muscles / nerves are effecting in the chest cavity, often times, there is the pain during breathing. ...Read more

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Severe chest and neck pain. Is this related to giving up smoking?

Severe chest and neck pain. Is this related to giving up smoking?

Probably not: I hope not because we wouldn't want to discourage anyone from smoking cessation ;-) unless you just quit smoking and are coughing a lot, which does happen at first, then these symptoms are not likely to be related to your giving up smoking. If no better after self care for a couple weeks time then see your doctor. If you are coughing a lot then it could be due to that. ...Read more

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Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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