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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?

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?

Red flag!: There are many possible causes (acute coronary syndrome, valvular heart problems, muscle disorder, anxiety, etc.).
"watchful waiting" is never the right approach. Get your symptoms checked asap. ...Read more

Dr. Walter Husar
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Shoulder Pain (Definition)

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


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I have pain in my left shoulder it hurts when I breathe and I have a cough?

I have pain in my left shoulder it hurts when I breathe and I have a cough?

See doctor: Your symptoms could be signs of pneumonia, a blood clot in the lung or other conditions for which you'll need medical treatment. Hope you're feeling better soon! ...Read more

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Where my neck and my shoulder meet it hurts when I breathe heavily or laugh? What's wrong or what should I do?

Where my neck and my shoulder meet it hurts when I breathe heavily or laugh? What's 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

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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.

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.

Chest pains: Regardless, could be only muscle pain. However, pain in your chest with the symptoms you have described is a serious medical condition. It is always a red flag and appointment with your PCP or a cardiologist is warranted. Take care. ...Read more

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Why does my neck and shoulders hurt when I breathe?

Why does my neck and shoulders hurt when I breathe?

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

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My shoulder hurts when I breath in?

My shoulder hurts when I breath in?

See below: You neck muscles contract with deep breathing. You may have a pinched nerve in your neck causing shoulder pain that gets worse when the neck muscles contract. ...Read more

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My shoulder hurts whenever I breathe, what do I do?

My shoulder hurts whenever I breathe, what do I do?

Shouldn't: You should not have shoulder pain every time you breath. I recommend seeing a physician for evaluation and treatment. It's not possible to diagnose you with limited info and no exam. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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When I breath hard breath back shoulder pain under my right hurts all day?

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

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My right shoulder hurts when I breath, why?

My right shoulder hurts when I breath, why?

Muscle spasm.: It could be muscle spasms of the small muscle between your shoulder and rib cage. Try a comprehensive stretching program of your shoulder and trunk. ...Read more

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I have heaviness when I breath plus my right shoulder hurts. I am a 46 year old female. Is this serious?

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

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Recently I have been trying to lose a little weight. I am 90kg and every time I breath heavily my right shoulder hurts a little.?

Recently I have been trying to lose a little weight. I am 90kg and every time I breath heavily my right shoulder hurts a little.?

Pain from diaphragm: That may be pain from your diaphragm. This is the organ that moves up and down below your lungs when you breath in and out. When the diaphragm is irritated, pain is referred to your right shoulder. This is frequently exacerbated when you breath heavily. Not sure why you would have an irritated diaphragm. You should probably get it checked out because it wouldn't be normal in a 34 yo male. ...Read more

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I keep gettin shoulder pain in my right shoulder, 1 min it can be fine next it hurts even wen I breathe what could it b? Help please!

Referred pain: It sounds like you have "referred pain" - pain that starts somewhere else and then recruits nerve fibers that send the pain elsewhere. I say that because the pain with breathing suggests a primary problem in your lung or pleura i.e. Pleurisy. The pain then radiates to your shoulder. Do you have fever? You need a chest x-ray. ...Read more

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I wash sitting down, and all of a sudden had a sharp pain in right shoulder very painful. And now after that when I breath in my shoulder hurts?

Right shoulder pain: It sounds to me to be your diaphragm irritated which refers pain to your shoulder and when u take a deep breath. If u just recovered from an upper respiratory infection there is residual inflammation in your lungs that can cause this referred pain too. ...Read more

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Pain behind lower right rib cage up to shoulder hurts to laugh move n breath?

Pain behind lower right rib cage up to shoulder hurts to laugh move n breath?

Several things: It could be your gall bladder, liver problem, a kidney stone or infection, a rib muscle sprain / strain or a infection / inflammation in the right lung or lining of the right lung. If you have nausea, loose bowels then more likely gall bladder. If you have cough or breathing problems, then the lungs may be culprit. Blood in the urine or urinary frequency suggests the kidney stone. See a doc! ...Read more

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MS sufferer with pain in left middle back area near my spine and going into shoulder. Hurts to take a deep breath. I change positions often. Reason?

MS sufferer with pain in left middle back area near my spine and going into shoulder. Hurts to take a deep breath. I change positions often. Reason?

Rhomboid strain: If area is tender to palpation it could be a rhomboid spasm try massage check out dr sarnos TMS see if it fits this pain not likely related to MS especially common if you are using an walking aid like crutches or cane scapular stabilizers doing new job ...Read more

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2-3 inches below my shoulder hurts when I move it I have a sharp pain that takes my breath away. I cant put any weight on that arm. There was no injur?

2-3 inches below my shoulder hurts when I move it I have a sharp pain that takes my breath away. I cant put any weight on that arm. There was no injur?

Shoulder pain: You are young and this is still most likely a problem with muscle or thoracic spine. However internal problems can present as back pain. Does it hurt to breath. If so some lung problem could be possible-pleurisy, pneumonia or PE. ...Read more

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Sharp left shoulder pain. Hurts more when I take a deep breath, lie down or get up. I can move my left arm with no pain. No physical signs of trauma.

Sharp left shoulder pain. Hurts more when I take a deep breath, lie down or get up. I can move my left arm with no pain. No physical signs of trauma.

Not clear: Typically if pain is related to movement it is muscle related. You need to also consider pneumonia or in your age range to consider, though unlikely, a blood clot especially if you are on birth control. Heart disease or inflammatory diseases are something to consider although less likely. See your doctor for a full exam and history. ...Read more

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I have had shoulder pain and rib pain for about 6 months. Losing mobility of my arm. Hurts ribcage when I breathe. No break in ribs, 3 were displaced.

Complicated: If you have lingering displaced upper ribs, you may have something called thoracic outlet syndrome. Easy to test on physical exam, have your pcp or sports med doc examine. If no one has checked your cervical spine, make sure that has been checked out also to rule out radiculopathy. You might also consider manipulation by a chiropractor or do for the displaced ribs. Hope that helps, best of luck! ...Read more

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I have severe left shoulder pain, above my shoulder blade. Pain is worse when I breath it hurts my heart. Pain gets bad when I eat or drink?

Need evaluation: This could be chest wall muscle pain, pain from inside the chest sometimes call pleurisy, pain from your heart, sometimes call pericarditis, or some other reason. You need to see your physician to get this evaluated. ...Read more

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Severe right shoulder pain, hurts to breathe cough, laugh, do anything pretty much. My whole right shoulder blade area and makes my arm feel heavy?

Sounds muscular but: While this sounds muscular, the diffuculty breathing makes me worry about any possible lung involvement. You need to be evaluated by your primary care to rule out pulmonary disease then decide on proper evaluation of your pain. ...Read more

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I have a job where I bend alot. For 3 days I've had bad pain going up my ribs and under my left boob up to my shoulder. Hurts to breathe deep? Any idea

I have a job where I bend alot. For 3 days I've had bad pain going up my ribs and under my left boob up to my shoulder. Hurts to breathe deep? Any idea

Seems a pulled mus--: Cle (s) from the excessive bending that you did.
Till U are seen by someone, rest, apply some pain meds ointment, take oral pain meds (like Aleve (naproxen) or Ibuprofen, after ensuring you have had no allergy or side effects from their use), Ice or heat packs, or even both (alternating for 15 minutes each) 3 times a day, and stretching and strengthening exercises would be beneficial.
Good Luck. ...Read more

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Pain in the ribs located under my breast and pain on top of right shoulder hurts to breathe, yawn, laugh, cannot lay down without feeling pain?

Pain in the ribs located under my breast and pain on top of right shoulder hurts to breathe, yawn, laugh, cannot lay down without feeling pain?

Spinal. Dysfunction: Sounds like you could have a problem. With the normal movement of your rib cage. Injury or strain can cause the rib motion to be altered. That can cause pressure on muscles and nerves leading to your symptoms. Consider seeing an osteopathic physician that does manipulation. ...Read more

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I feel there's a lump in the right side of my throat no pain while swallowing. Lump sensation hurts when I take a deep breath and right shoulder pain?

Hard to say: Would need more info and exam. If it has been fairly recent swollen nodes can cause similar symptoms and are often associated with a viral or bacterial infection. A good medical checkup would probably be a good place to start. ...Read more

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What can cause shoulder pain when you breathe deeply?

Not the shoulder: The typical causes of shoulder pain are not exacerbated by deep breathing. However, one can experience pain from the diaphragm that is referred, or felt, near the shoulder. There are many causes of diaphragm irritation. Since it separates the chest from the abdomen, problems from both can cause irritation of the diaphragm which can be referred to the shoulder. Get it checked out by your doctor. ...Read more