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My Shoulder Hurts When I Breathe
I have been sitting for the last hour and I have a pain on right side of chest that travelled through my back to my shoulder it hurts when i breathe?
Shoulder pain is multifactorial. It can be from bone issues -- like arthritis. It can be from muscle tendon issues -- like a torn rotator cuff, or when a tendon is inflammed. It can also be from nerve issues -- like a bulging disk in your spine. Each diagnosis ...Read more
Where my neck and my shoulder meet it hurts when i breathe heavily or laugh? whats wrong or what should i do?
Referred pain: This discomfort suggests either pressure on a nerve in the neck or referred pain from the right upper abdominal area or diaphragm. Even pathology in the right lung base can do this. It's best that you see your physician who will take a complete history,perform a thorough examination and order appropriate tests in order to make a diagnosis. ...Read more
I have been having pain on the top of my left shoulder that hurts worse when I breathe in. Also occasional pain in arm and hand.
Accessory Muscles: The diaphragm is the muscle that is used primarily for breathing. It is attached to the lower ribs and separates the chest from the belly. Other muscles used to breathe are called accessory muscles of respiration. They are in the neck and between the ribs. Anything that irritates those muscles can cause pain with breathing. Oddly, some irritations at or below the diaphragm can radiate up. ...Read more
Lung problem: Nerves from the lung go to the shoulder so that vascular or airway problems in the lung refer pain to the shoulder. ...Read more
I have heaviness when I breath plus my right shoulder hurts. I am a 46 year old female. Is this serious?
Doctor can evaluate: A 40 year-old woman with shoulder pain and chest heaviness can be evaluated to see if there is a heart or lung problem (or some other problem). A call to her primary care doctor can help. The doctor may refer to the ER or to other specialists if needed. If a primary care doctor is not immediately available, one can be seen at the ER to make sure the problem is not a heart attack. ...Read more