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I found that after a tough workout or long run, I get a sharp chest pain in the center when breathing deep. It goes away after a few minutes. Ideas?

I found that after a tough workout or long run, I get a sharp chest pain in the center when breathing deep. It goes away after a few minutes. Ideas?

Eval needed: Talk to your doctor about this. It may be related to the heart. In this case you may require additional intervention. ...Read more

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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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Been sick with a cold for six days. Brown coming up when coughing. Chest hurts when breathing.?

Been sick with a cold for six days. Brown coming up when coughing. Chest hurts when breathing.?

Mgt: The brown appearance of your sputum is most likely related to old blood due to inflammation and infection of your airways. There is a possibility that you have developed pneumonia. Please seek medical care, and ask about having a chest radiograph. ...Read more

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I have aching pain in my upper back and neck and shoulders a little in my ribs at the back. Also chest hurts when breathing in?

I have aching pain in my upper back and neck and shoulders a little in my ribs at the back. Also chest hurts when breathing in?

Mgt: There are a number of possible conditions which can cause these symptoms. If you are otherwise healthy, muscular pain is a likely cause. Other possible causes include pleuritic inflammation or infection.
In your age group, cardiac findings are less common.
I would recommend a NSAID and a heating pad. If the pain worsen or does not resolve in a few weeks, please see your physician. ...Read more

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I've missed my period, over a month late. I had a negative pregnancy test. I have lower back pain and pelvic discomfort and chest hurts when breathing deeply, I also feel faint sometimes. Help?

I've missed my period, over a month late. I had a negative pregnancy test. I have lower back pain and pelvic discomfort and chest hurts when breathing deeply, I also feel faint sometimes. Help?

See a Doc: Multiple symptoms need more investigation. Also, stress and anxiety can cause these same symptoms. You need an examination, and other tests such as an ultrasound, and blood tests. Don't put it off. ...Read more

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My left part of chest hurts when im laying down and I take start breathing?

My left part of chest hurts when im laying down and I take start breathing?

Pericarditis: You most likely have Pericarditis (inflammation of outer lining of the heart). You will need evaluation and treatment with NSAIDs and or steroids.Please consult a healthcare provider. ...Read more

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I been having chest pain for a year now. Mostly left sometimes right and it hurts when I flex. My breathing is fine. What could this be? Serious?

I been having chest pain for a year now. Mostly left sometimes right and it hurts when I flex. My breathing is fine. What could this be? Serious?

More info needed: The diagnosis depends on the type of chest pains. They don't sound heart related, but may be due to irritated/inflamed chest wall muscles or pinching of intercostal nerves which run between ribs. Avoid stretching or straining your chest wall or rib cage. If symptoms persist, see your physician for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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"Chest Pain" actually its mild up to 3/10 pain I feel. It hurts when I move sometimes but when im resting I cant feel it. No problem in breathing. The?

"Chest Pain" actually its mild up to 3/10 pain I feel. It hurts when I move sometimes but when im resting I cant feel it. No problem in breathing. The?

Muscular: Arjay, the fact that it hurts only when you move means almost certainly it is a muscle, or possibly ligament. Just avoid those movements that aggravate it and don't worry about it too much. ...Read more

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Fell 6 days ago. Next day my right side chest hurts and difficulty breathing. Dr says pluerisy. How can he diagnose without tests?

Fell 6 days ago. Next day my right side chest hurts and difficulty breathing. Dr says pluerisy. How can he diagnose without tests?

Pleurisy: Pleurisy is a clinical diagnosis meaning it is based on your history and a physical exam. It is also possible you could have a rib fracture or a bruising or strain of an intercostal muscle (muscles between the ribs) but these are not treated with anything beyond pain medication as is the case with pleurisy. ...Read more

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Got chest pain today, currently hurts around the left side when breathing in. I did also exercise hard early today, I ran till it hurt. Serious?

Got chest pain today, currently hurts around the left side when breathing in. I did also exercise hard early today, I ran till it hurt. Serious?

Yes - serious: Please have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility. When that is controlled you should see a nurse about long term control of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Boyfriend sick with cough for a day, having difficult time breathing. Says left side of his chest hurts all the time but more when deep breaths. Advice?

Boyfriend sick with cough for a day, having difficult time breathing. Says left side of his chest hurts all the time but more when deep breaths. Advice?

R/O PERICARDITIS: You may have inflammation of the heart=PERICARDITIS vs inflammation of the lungs =PLEURITIS. Myocarditis is much more serious and can be suggested by an abnormal echo. Often they are post viral. They tend to resolve with rest/hydration /NSAID (indocin) if it persists a course of prednisone may be needed. SEEK PROMPT EVALUATION FOR EKG/CXR & LABS. ...Read more

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Hi, I have headaches, trouble breathing, my chest hurts, I feel dizzy, nausea, vomiting.

Hi, I have headaches, trouble breathing, my chest hurts, I feel dizzy, nausea, vomiting.

Sounds like you: Might have a viral infection. Drink fluids and rest and use tylenol if you develop a fever. If the symptoms persist for more than 48 hours, make an appointment with a health care provider for evaluation. ...Read more

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My 14 year old has been having chest pain on and off for 4-5 months. This pain is in the middle if chest and hurts when breathing in.

Costochonditis: Sounds like inflammation or irritation of the cartilage around the breast bone or sternum. Ibuprofen helps. So does homeopathic bryonia. So does chinese medicine and acupuncture. If it is intense and worrisome, have your child seen. ...Read more

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Child says her side of chest hurts and says it's hard to breath and hurts to breath but doesn't appear to have problems breathing what do I do?

Child says her side of chest hurts and says it's hard to breath and hurts to breath but doesn't appear to have problems breathing what do I do?

Chest discomfort: I am not sure if she has other symptoms but sometimes chest discomfort and painful breathing can be symptoms of a chest infection. Or maybe there is a history of trauma or a mucus plug in her chest. It is worthwhile to have her examined and decide from there. Thanks. ...Read more

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Had Costochondritis for a few years now, chest hurts a little. The breathing part is bad. I feel like I can't breathe. I'm lightheaded, what can I do?

Had Costochondritis for a few years now, chest hurts a little. The breathing part is bad. I feel like I can't breathe. I'm lightheaded, what can I do?

Analgesics: If it's really costochondritis, which is simply a form of arthritis, it should improve with simple analgesics. Have you tried, acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve/Naprosyn) in reasonable doses? Also- heat and massage are very helpful. Have you tried a hot tub bath? ...Read more

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I have chest pain my lungs hurt when breathing with back pain that's all but having a hard time

You: You need to go to the er immediately with chest pain and shortness of breath. Any chest pain is very concerning and needs a thorough and immediate evaluation. It sounds like you have risk factors. Please be seen immediately in the er. ...Read more

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I once had fluid in my chest is it possible for it to come back? My chest hurts while breathing in and my back hurts what does this mean

I once had fluid in my chest is it possible for it to come back? My chest hurts while breathing in and my back hurts what does this mean

Fluid in the chest: At your age (17) is more likely than not to be due to a VIRAL infection of the LINING of the lung (Pleura)
Fluid is a "reaction" to that fluid kind of like a blister.
After the fluid goes away the pain from "rubbing" of the lining (s) (when you breathe in) may "travel" to your upper back. This will ALL gradually improve and if it doesn't a chest xray (or CT) is probably a good idea.
Hope this help ...Read more

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Intermittent sharp chest pain on left for 3 days. Feel fine then suddenly hurts severely when breathing or moving. Then feel fine again. Muscular?

Pinching: Sharp, shooting chest pains brought on by a deep breath, cough, or certain motions are often due to pinched intercostal nerve or muscle which runs between 2 ribs. This is more of a nuisance rather than anything serious and tends to resolve without any treatment. If symptoms persist, have your physician examine your chest carefully. ...Read more

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Hi I have had chest pain on my right side since yesterday I think it may be trapped wind it hurts when breathing in sharp pain and when I lie on right?

Hi I have had chest pain on my right side since yesterday I think it may be trapped wind it hurts when breathing in sharp pain and when I lie on right?

Inflammation: Inspiratory chest pain can be from inflamation of the lining of the lungs (pleurisy) caused by infection (pneumonia, etc) and other conditions. Pain may also originate fro the joints between the breast-bone and ribs. See a doctor if OTC pain killers and NSAIDs like naproxen or ibuprofen do not help ...Read more

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Methadone withdrawal for 22 days; my chest hurts, feels cold, and pressure. I keep having to swallow, and breathing is difficult. Is this normal?

Methadone withdrawal for 22 days; my chest hurts, feels cold, and pressure. I keep having to swallow, and breathing is difficult. Is this normal?

Congratulations: Addiction medicine is not my area, but I wanted to tell you how glad I am that you have taken this great step to get off methodone and become a free human being once again. You do need to call your physician -- unless you were told to expect these symptoms, I don't want to be the one to say you are not having a heart attack, pulmonary embolus or other serious problem. ...Read more

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Severe pain whilst breathing in shoulders, neck and arm hurt and really bad chest pain?

Go nearest ER now: Many possibilities. Seek emergency medical attention without delay. Call 911 now. ...Read more

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Child is wheezing and says chest hurts. No distress in breathing do I take to ER or can it wait to go to dr? What are some of the possibilities?

Child is wheezing and says chest hurts. No distress in breathing do I take to ER or can it wait to go to dr? What are some of the possibilities?

See physician: Child sounds as if has asthma. Asthmatics can have wheezing associated with chest tightness and pain. Complications include atelectasis or volume loss due to mucus plugging and some times pneumonia. Chest pain can be caused by any of above. I would suggest that child see physician for proper physical exam and therapy. ...Read more

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My chest hurts really bad iinhaled some of this flea spary while putting it on my dog could that cause a a breathing issue go to er? Thx I have asthma

My chest hurts really bad iinhaled some of this flea spary while putting it on my dog could that cause a a breathing issue go to er? Thx I have asthma

Yes: If you are having any difficulty breathing definitely go to the er. Be sure to bring the can of spray with you so they can identify any potential toxins. ...Read more

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Chest Pain (Definition)

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