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Dull Pain In The Left Side Of My Chest
I have a dull pain in the left side of my chest, about where the outer edge of the bra cup is. Should I be concerned?
Rib Pain: Ribs can crack with laughing and bear hugs, etc. Pain is increased with breathing and very local and sharp with pressure. If so, get and x-ray. Tender ribs can be Tietze Syndrome which is a tenderness in the cartilaginous part of the rib and can last months. It is exacerbated by rubbing or touching. In that case HANDS OFF! And take some Aleve (naproxen). It will pass. ...Read more
I've had a dull pain in left side of my chest on &off for 3 weeks; I have a swollen gland under my neck at the same side - on &off for a few months.
See your doctor: Your symptoms may be signs of something significantly wrong. One cannot tell without a complete history, physical and possible lab/imaging tests. Follow with your doctor as soon as you can. Things that can cause pains in chest and ribcage include heartburn, pneumonia, gallbladder problems, liver disease, kidney problems, heart attacks, or blood clots. ...Read more
I have just had a short stinging dull stingin pain in the left side of my chest just to the left of the left pictorial?
Not uncommon: The mechanism must involve a small nerve, similar to an eyelid twitch. Perhaps there was a minor injury, strain or trauma (that you don't recall. Also common:) I don't believe it is the sign of something more ominous down the road, such as MS. It can be classified as a minor annoyance, and you can be reassured. ...Read more
A dull intermittent pain on the left side of my chest, towards the underarm, that pulsates, almost to the rhythm of my heart: heart problems, attack?
Multiple Causes: Chest pain can be a symptom of heart disease but may be may other things such as esophageal spasms, great vessel disease, respiratory disorders (asthma, COPD, bronchitis, infections), and muscle problems to name a few. It really depends on the clinical situation and other symptoms you may be having. You should see a doctor to get more information. ...Read more
See physician: Usual causes of rib pain are trauma, musculosketal bruise, fx, or muscular strain.Inflammation in anterior cartilage so called costochondritis ( (viral or traumatic) can cause pain which reproduce by pushing on the involved cartilage in the front of the rib cage. Left chest pain historically associated with heart and gastrointestinal reflux.If fcontinues should see physician ...Read more
Old or New?: There are many potential causes of chest pain, from musculoskeletal to respiratory to cardiac/heart, among others. Without a complete history & exam, it's impossible to determine the cause of your chest pain. You should make an appointment w/ your primary physician to determine what testing or treatment is needed. IF IT'S NEW CHEST PAIN WITH EXERTION, YOU SHOULD GO TO THE CLOSEST ER IMMEDIATELY ...Read more
Everytime I lay on my side left/right a dull pain starts in my chest. It's like there is pressure on it. It has been a month since it started.
Unclear: This me or may not indicate a lung problem. There may be a simple explanation. Your evaluation will help clarify that this may mean. ...Read more
I have had a dull pain in my chest that comes and goes feels like left side sometimes moves to the right breathing is fine dosent get worse with exerc?
Difficult: Since you don't give your age it's impossible to know whether or how serious this might be. However, chest pain that MOVES AROUND generally isn't dangerous. Also chest pain without breathing difficulty and not made worse with exercise is usually not dangerous. The only thing that comes to mind is some collection of gas in the esophagus or intestine. Avoid gas-producing foods; try simethicone. ...Read more
Dull pain on behind left scapula at the bottom point. And left side of left chest swelling I have had it for the past 2 years 24 7.?
Doctor can evaluate: A person's left chest (nor his right chest) should not swell up for no reason. So, a primary care doctor can evaluate to see what the person is trying to describe. Also, the doctor can check what might be causing the left scapula pain (they may or may not be related). A chest x-ray and other tests might be needed. ...Read more
Localized dull pain in left lateral chest for 3 days. Feels like it's my ribs or breastbone. Worse when laying on right side. Possible causes?
Prob not cardiac: If Rt handed, common to hurt muscles on Lft when carrying heavy things. Is there a trauma History? Is the pain constant? Can U reproduce pain with pushing where pain is (or make worse?). Sounds musculo-skeletal, should respond to low dose motrin w meals, if no contraindications (eg ulcer). If continues suggest seeing doctor and have an Xray of the region. Cardiac pain usually not constant 3 day ...Read more
So I exercise daily been two days since but now I m experiencing a dull pain in chest on the left side and seems to worsen when lying down. Help?
Need to be evaluated: Just about all chest pain needs evaluation by a physician, but based on your age, I suspect this is musculoskeletal pain. This could be either muscular pain involving the pectoralis muscles or the junction between the ribs and cartilage called the costochondral area. In the interim, you can rest the area, apply an ice pack for 15-20 minutes 3-4x/day and take Advil or Aleve (naproxen). ...Read more
My 13 year old has chest pains on the upper left side of her chest. It has a dull pain every time she takes a deep breath or moves a certain way.
Musculoskeletal: In adolescents, chest pain that is worse with movement is most typically musculoskeletal. There are joints, bones, and muscles that make up the chest wall and movement of these structures can be associated with pain for many reasons including injury or overuse. Other causes of chest pain are less likely to be worse with movement. ...Read more
Dull pain, only left side of chest, at nipple. Ongoing 12 hrs. Every 30 secs, deep dull pain rises, tightening, then subsides with a "gurgle" feeling?
Go to the ER: If you're coughing, you could have bronchitis or (with the gurgle) pneumonia. The gurgle could also be reflux. Chest pain can be from muscle strain or cartilage irritation. However, even a young man can develop a blood clot in the lung or (rarely) heart disease. Pain every 30 seconds for 12 hours should cause you to go to the ER for an evaluation, just to make sure it isn't dangerous. ...Read more
Have had a dull pain on left side of my neck for 7 days. 4 days ago I noticed a small cluster of 6 blisters right in the middle of chest. Shingles?
Likely not: Your question reveals a dull pain on lateral neck, then 4 days later a cluster of blisters in middle of the chest. Shingles is caused by the same virus as chicken pox, and lays dormant and usually strikes elderly people with weakened immune systems. Pain normally referred to as intense, and the blistering would not cross the midline, but be affecting a stripe unilaterally called a dermatome. ...Read more
I'm having dull pain in left arm and the back of left leg also I can get this pain that comes on in my left side of chest what could it be?
Arm and leg:
Sorry to hear about this. You MUST see your primary doctor as soon as possible.
She/he will take your medical history, examine you, and then order some labs and possibly an xray.
Hope all goes well - please keep me posted. ...Read more
A deep dull pain in the upper left side of your chest, (right above the heart), can be felt to the throat?, (concerned)
Further work up: If this pain comes with exertion such as walking or climbing stairs then you should think of it as angina or pain coming from blockage of the arteries of the heart. You would need some form of stress test to see if it is coming from the heart. Also if you have Nitroglycerin tablets then next time you get chest pain, try taking ntg under the tongue. If the pain is relieved in a few minutes then it su. ...Read more
Have a dull pain fullness my left side chest squeezing on lungs & heart beat? Been 5 months and getting worse. Tests should get. Full CBC blood norm
Chest distress: For full evaluation and for peace of mind I recommend an evaluation by a cardiologist since you're also complaining of? Palpitations. My impression is that your symptoms are not heart or lung related, however. Chest wall strain, tension or anxiety are common causes of these complaints. ...Read more
Left side stabbing, tight and dull pain in chest, arm, shoulder and jaw for 8 months, now arm feels numb disjointed & like locked?? should I worry?
Consultation advised: Sorry that you're having this problem, but it's impossible to give specific advise on the basis of one sentence of information. It's likely that more than one medical problem is causing your multiple symptoms. An online consultation at Heath Tap should be helpful or see your physician. ...Read more
22y male, dull pain and ache only on left side chest, back, shoulder, neck and uper arm. No shortness of breath, nausea or dizziness. What's the dx?
Chest pain? Etiol: Cardiac cause such as pericarditis needs to be evaluated. Could also be musculosketetal / neuromuscular. Needs further workup. ...Read more
Always tired now. Dry mouth nose. Dull pain and fullness on my center and left side chest. Like something surrounding heart beat being weaker. What can be? I'm going nuts? I got X-ray ekg ft scan blood work. I get lightheaded slow beat then panic.
Chest symptoms: The symptoms you describe do not necessarily indicate a particular diagnosis. Central left chest pain can be a symptom of serious conditions and it is always better to be safe than to ignore it. You don't want to miss a cardiac problem. Consider seeing an internist or cardiologist, or an Inbox Consult on HealthTap. These little text boxes are too small for a detailed review of your history. ...Read more
On the left side...: On the left side are the stomach, spleen, diaphragm (muscle for breathing), ribs, a part of the colon (large intestine), the tail end of the pancreas, etc... Pain can be from the ribs and their cartilage, a swollen spleen, stomach acidity/gastritis/reflux, muscle strains in the abdominal muscles or diaphragm, excess stool or gas in the colon, pancreatitis, a cancerous tumor, etc.... ...Read more
Muscle strain: Where the diaphragm attaches to the rib cage there can be strains from coughing, sneezing or simple normal activities of daily living. ...Read more
Several things: Upper left abdomen contains spleen, tail of pancreas, splenic flexure of colon, part of stomach, left kidney, left lower ribs and muscles. Costochondritis, strained muscles, trauma to spleen, stomach ulcer or tumor, pancreatitis, problem with left lobe of liver, left kidney infection or stone, left lower lung infection, splenic flexure distention with air from irritable bowel syndrome, to name few. ...Read more
I have sharp and dull pain in left side under ribs in front into back usually wake up w it it hurts to move n breathe ts been on n off for few years?
Left lower rib pain: Some times lower part of floating rib hurts. If it has been that long see your dr. Need a good examination. ...Read more
I have an achey, dull pain in the upper left area of my back and the side of my ribs. Could it be from coughing too much since I have a cold?
Yes: You may have strained the muscles in between your ribs from coughing repeatedly. If the pain persists you may want to see your pcp. Sometimes this pain may be from the pleura (the lining around your lungs) as well. ...Read more
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