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My chest hurts when I breathe in. What could this be?

My chest hurts when I breathe in. What could this be?

Chest pain: Severe chest pain on breathing in is usual pleural inflammation and generally will go away by itself. If it doesn't should consult your doctor to see if something else is causing it. Would usually resolve in a week or less. ...Read more

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Hi, my chest hurts when I breathe. I know its because I took long in a hot shower. Is that ok?

Hi, my chest hurts when I breathe. I know its because I took long in a hot shower. Is that ok?

Does not add up: A long hot shower should not make your chest hurt. Your question is not clear and you may wish to restate it.
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My daughter states her chest hurts when she breathes. What could be the problem? It just started about 3 hours ago

My daughter states her chest hurts when she breathes. What could be the problem? It just started about 3 hours ago

Confusing question: You do not mention age, location, quality (dull/stabbing) other sx (fever, indigestion)or whether it changes with position or exertion. There are many issues that can cause the chest to hurt from rib cage or muscle pain to deeper issues involving the heart, lungs or digestive tract. If the problem is progressive an evaluation may be needed. ...Read more

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If I lay down my chest hurts when I breathe, sat up its okay, pain radiated from chest to back. Health is fine. Is it costochondritis?

If I lay down my chest hurts when I breathe, sat up its okay, pain radiated from chest to back. Health is fine. Is it costochondritis?

Possible: Costochondritis is inflammation of costal cartilage in the chest. Common in young adults. Typically, It hurts when you press against the cartilage in the chest. So it is possible that you have costochondritis. However, chest pain, with shortness of breath, fever, palpitations, cough or skin rash would lead to different diagnosis. If persistent- good idea to see a health care provider. ...Read more

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My right side of my chest hurts when I breathe in, what could be wrong?

My right side of my chest hurts when I breathe in, what could be wrong?

Chest pain: Severe chest pain on breathing in is usual pleural inflammation and generally will go away by itself. If it doesn't should consult your doctor to see if something else is causing it. Would usually resolve in a week or less. ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! My chest hurts when I breathe in?

Could use your help docs! My chest hurts when I breathe in?

Respiratory CP: Chest pain with deep breathing is often called pleuritic pain. When the covering of the lung, the pleura, is inflamed this type of pain is produced. Similar can be associated with inflammation of the pericardium. Scarring in the pleura can also do this. Intercostal muscle inflammation can also have breathing related chest pain and a few other conditions. ...Read more

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My chest hurts when I breathe in or bend over, but it doesn't hurt to the touch. It has happened before. Both times in the a.M.After sleeping @ night.

My chest hurts when I breathe in or bend over, but it doesn't hurt to the touch. It has happened before. Both times in the a.M.After sleeping @ night.

Various causes: Causes to think about would include costochondritis or a pericarditis.
Costochondritis is an inflammation of where the ribs come around and attach to your sternum. This can cause pain with movement of the chest wall (breathing, bending/moving). Pericarditis is an inflammation of the skin tissue surrounding the heart. It can hurt more with moving or breathing also. A doc can help sort this out. ...Read more

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Just had a TEE. My upper chest hurts when I breathe it feels like I swallowed water. Could it be the xylocaine (lidocaine) viscous or lubrication?

Just had a TEE. My upper chest hurts when I breathe it feels like I swallowed water. Could it be the xylocaine (lidocaine) viscous or lubrication?

No: It's common to have a sore throat and some people have nausea after TEE. Viscous xylocaine, (lidocaine) which is an anesthetic, doesn't cause any type of pain and, moreover, wears off in about an 2-3 hours. ...Read more

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I'm coughing running nose congested mucus in my chest and my chest hurts when I cough. It hurts to breathe my chest hurts when I breathe.

I'm coughing running nose congested mucus in my chest and my chest hurts when I cough. It hurts to breathe my chest hurts when I breathe.

How long?: If this occurs within the past couple of weeks, you likely have the flu. If the symptoms started within 48 hrs prior, contact your doctor for anti-flu medication which may hasten your recovery. Antibiotic is not usually useful but you may need a Rx for a cough suppressant from your doctor. ...Read more

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My upper chest hurts when I breathe, I get a sharp pain in my upper stomach lower chest when I try to swallow food. It hurts to bad to eat. Any ideas?

Esophagus?: Pain with swallowing may indicate a problem with your esophagus, such as an infection or muscle problem. Best to get checked by your doctor for this. ...Read more

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I have a sore throat and tight chest. My chest hurts when I breathe and even when walking. My son had strep throat recently... Could I be getting it now?

I have a sore throat and tight chest. My chest hurts when I breathe and even when walking. My son had strep throat recently... Could I be getting it now?

Probably not: It is unlikely that strep throat is causing chest pain when breathing and walking. This is exactly the kind of problem that should be evaluated by a physician immediately. This could be something as minor as stress or muscle spasm, but it could be as serious as an evolving heart or lung problem. See your doctor. Good luck and be well. ...Read more

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3 1/2 yr old son woke up coughing says his chest hurts when he breathes has had md pediatric pneumonia 2 yrs ago (exactly) should I wait to see doc?

3 1/2 yr old son woke up coughing says his chest hurts when he breathes has had md pediatric pneumonia 2 yrs ago (exactly) should I wait to see doc?

Choking/aspiration: In addition to infection, aspiration of an object, food or should be considered.
Your physician may suggest a chest radiograph to help determine the underlying cause.
If there are repeated episodes of infection, multiple systems such as ear infections, sinus infections, skin infections, immune deficiency should also be worked up ...Read more

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What could it mean when my chest hurt when I breathe, cough, or move my arms?

What could it mean when my chest hurt when I breathe, cough, or move my arms?

Variable: Chest might hurt as a consequence of protracted cough. If the pain is localized in a small area and is associated with coughing than you should see a doc to rule out pneummonia. ...Read more

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Why does my chest hurt when I breathe deeply and have a cold? I'm pregnant is it dangerous for the baby or me? What should I do?

Why does my chest hurt when I breathe deeply and have a cold? I'm pregnant is it dangerous for the baby or me? What should I do?

Likely muscular: It's very likely to be muscular and related to your upper respiratory tract infection. Alternatively, you could have pleurisy, a viral infection of the lining of your lung. IF you have fever, you should be evaluated promptly, otherwise, I'd say wait it out and rest. ...Read more

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Chest pain hurts when I breathe?

Chest pain hurts when I breathe?

Pleuritic pain.: We would describe this type of chest pain as “pleuritic”, meaning it worsens with inhalation and stretching of the pleura. An investigation into cause is necessary to rule out things such as pneumonia and pneumothorax and pleural effusion. ...Read more

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Bronchitis and chest pain hurts when I breathe?

Bronchitis and chest pain hurts when I breathe?

Common: Bronchitis can cause pleurisy, which is an inflammation of the lining of your lungs. This can cause pain with breathing. ...Read more

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Chest hurts/burns when I breathe. What could be wrong?

Chest pain: Severe chest pain on breathing in a 36y/o is usual pleural inflammation and generally will go away by itself. If it doesn't should consult your doctor to see if something else is causing it. Would usually resolve in a week or less. ...Read more

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Why does my chest hurt sometimes when I breathe in? What can cause chest pain and is it an emergency?

Why does my chest hurt sometimes when I breathe in? What can cause chest pain and is it an emergency?

Not an emergency: Chest pain is not always an emergency. If it is happening sometimes and when breathing basically speaks against any serious problem particularly tot he heart condition. You may have rib cage issue or what we call musculoskeletal pain. If you care not coughing, does not have fever and other constitutional symptoms, you need not worry. Take some advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) and see if it responds. ...Read more

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Bronchitis chest pain and hurts when I breathe?

Bronchitis chest pain and hurts when I breathe?

It sounds like you: May have the flu. Rest, fluids and analgesic medications. If symptoms persist for 48 hours seek attention from a health care provider for additional evaluation. ...Read more

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Chest pain and hurts when I breathe coughing up green stuff?

Chest pain: This sounds like bronchitis, an inflammation of the airway due to infection. Please consult with a doctor since antibiotics and other medication may be needed. ...Read more

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I have chest pain that hurts when I breathe, sit up, or touch the spot. I've had shortness of breath also. What could this be?

Chest pain: Sounds from the description like inflammation in the rib cage and its muscles and other structures. You should see a doctor and get an exam and evaluation as internet diagnosis is fraught with inaccuracy because of scant information. ...Read more

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Earache in both ears, pressure in my face, nose is leaking a lot and imy back and chest hurts a bit when I breathe?

Earache in both ears, pressure in my face, nose is leaking a lot and imy back and chest hurts a bit when I breathe?

Ear infections?: Sounds like you have at least a bad cold, but ear infections can only be determined thru a visit to your doctor or an urgent care center. The chest & back pain are probably also due to the infection, but always a good idea to have chest pain evaluated to play it safe. If you have persistent chest pain even when not breathing or significant trouble breathing, call 911. ...Read more

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Why does my heart/chest really hurt when I breathe?

Why does my heart/chest really hurt when I breathe?

Respiratory CP: Chest pain with deep breathing is often called pleuritic pain. When the covering of the lung, the pleura, is inflamed this type of pain is produced. Similar can be associated with inflammation of the pericardium. Scarring in the pleura can also do this. Intercostal muscle inflammation can also have breathing related chest pain and a few other conditions. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my heart/chest really hurts when I breathe?

What do you suggest if my heart/chest really hurts when I breathe?

See you doc: Chest pain that hurts when you breath is also called pleuritic chest pain. This is usually from the muscles or bones of your chest wall, or inflammation inside your chest. This may be a simple viral inflammation (pleurisy or costochondritis), or something more serious like pneumonia or a blood clot. An exam, and possibly some testing may be necessary. ...Read more

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What could cause the top of my chest to hurt when I breathe into my diaphragm?

Several things: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Yesterday I suddenly got a pain in my lower throat/upper chest that hurt when I breathed deeply or burped. I still have it today, what is this?

Yesterday I suddenly got a pain in my lower throat/upper chest that hurt when I breathed deeply or burped. I still have it today, what is this?

Pleuritis /GERD: If the symptom is associated with breathing alone and you had a recent upper respiratory infection, it's possible to be related to inflammation of the respiratory system.
It could also be esophageal reflux. You would need to see your doctor for definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more