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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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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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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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What can cause chest pain only when breathing in? No other symptoms, just a sharp pain in the left side whenever I take a deep breath.

What can cause chest pain only when breathing in? No other symptoms, just a sharp pain in the left side whenever I take a deep breath.

Sharp pain: Sharp, shooting chest pain on deep breathing can be caused by a pinched nerve or muscle in the rib cage, a rib injury or muscle strain, inflammation of the lung(pneumonia), inflammation of the lung lining(pleurisy), punctured lung, blood clot to the lung, etc. If symptoms persist see your physician for evaluation. Appropriate tests will be done. ...Read more

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Chest pain left side 2 days now. When I move pain comes or I laugh or sometimes deep breath moving arm makes it worse sometimes.

Please see a doctor.: This is not a heart pain but called pleuritic pain. If you continue to have these symptoms, please see a doctor. You may need chest x-ray. ...Read more

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Left side gradual mild chest pain but back hurts behind pain. Feels worse with deep breaths. Can't stay asleep. Saw chiropractor yesterday.

Left side gradual mild chest pain but back hurts behind pain. Feels worse with deep breaths. Can't stay asleep. Saw chiropractor yesterday.

Chest pain: Most likely it could be musculoskeletal. There are other causes like peluritis, pericarditis or pleuripericarditic pain. Consult your physician for further investigation. ...Read more

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No cough but salty phlem. Certain positions when I breathe deep hurts left side of back. Sometimes I'm short of breath. Chest pain ongoing for year.?

Chronic chest pain: This should warrant a thorough detailed evaluation by your primary care physician. It may be costochondritis (pain due to inflammation of the tissues connecting the ribs) but this should not produce shortness of breath. Please see your doctor and follow their directions. ...Read more

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My daughter is experiencing chest pain or discomfort (quality: feels sharp or stabbing, sensation of pressure or heaviness) (better by: rest) (time frame: gradual) (side: left) (severity: moderate) (worsened by: after deep breaths). The following also d

My daughter is experiencing chest pain or discomfort (quality: feels sharp or stabbing, sensation of pressure or heaviness) (better by: rest) (time frame: gradual) (side: left) (severity: moderate) (worsened by: after deep breaths). The following also d

Pain pattern worryin: Your question incomplete, but any pleuritic chest pain (worsened by deep breath or cough) is worrisome and she should be examined and have an x-ray to be sure there is no pneumonia or blood clot, especially if she is on birth control pills. This could be serious. Good luck. ...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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I am experiencing chest pain or discomfort (quality: feels sharp or stabbing) (side: left) (severity: moderate worsened by: after deep breath sometimes had xray EKG and blood work done everything came back fine but I want to know what's causing it?

I am experiencing chest pain or discomfort (quality: feels sharp or stabbing) (side: left) (severity: moderate worsened by: after deep breath sometimes had xray EKG and blood work done everything came back fine but I want to know what's causing it?

Non cardiac: This sounds like it is not cardiac in origin which is great news. It could be musculoskeletal or related to irritation of nerves in the area. Most likely this will resolve with time. I do understand your concern though, and if it gets worse, is not relieved or associated with shortness of breath, get reevaluated. ...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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I'm having mild left-sides chest pain, for the last hour since riding roller coaster. Worse for pressure, deep breaths & sitting up & mild sore throat?

Sore muscles: The pain you describe appears to be muscular, from repeated contractions during the ride, and the sore throat could be from dryness, maybe you kept your mouth open during the ride and also the screaming? ...Read more

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Chest pain that felt like heart burn, next day felt pain on left side. Pain increases when taking deep breathes and laying down. What's wrong?

Painful inspiration: At your age it is most likely Pleurisy, look it up. Possible Pneumothorax can occur spontaneously. Worst would be a blood clot in your lungs. Smoke, birth control, body habitus, family history, surgery and travel adjust odds of one versus the others ...Read more

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Sharp chest pain on left side. Hurts more when I breathe 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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What could be causing post chest pain on left with coughing sneezing deep breath? Have had cough cold- 4wks no fever no purling drainage thbetter ws

What could be causing post chest pain on left with coughing sneezing deep breath? Have had cough cold- 4wks no fever no purling drainage thbetter ws

Pleurisy: You have classic pleurisy symptoms. This is an infection which can be due to virus, bacteria or mycoplasma. If you've been coughing a lot, you could have a muscular component as well now. If your chest x-ray is clear, you will get better gradually. Take Ibuprofen or Naproxen and be patient. If you haven't had a chest xray, consult your doctor to see if it's necessary after you're examined. ...Read more