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42 yr old female, been having tightness in chest over 24 hrs with pain between shoulder blades. Pain in chest comes and goes. Shortness of breath.?

42 yr old female, been having tightness in chest over 24 hrs with pain between shoulder blades. Pain in chest comes and goes. Shortness of breath.?

Go to ER: Without knowing your medical history or examining you I have to recommend going in to get evaluated right away. Many different things can cause these symptoms, and heart attack and pulmonary embolism top the list of serious things. Please go to the ER. ...Read more

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Shortness Of Breath (Definition)

Breathlessness is the sensation of not being able to catch one's breath. It may be seen in asthma, heart failure, ...Read more


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Burning stiffness n bulging in both legs, shortness of breath n pain in back near shoulder blades, could this b a clot or embolism n what should I do?

Burning stiffness n bulging in both legs, shortness of breath n pain in back near shoulder blades, could this b a clot or embolism n what should I do?

Needs evaluation.: Your symptoms can be due to many things but you need to be evaluated asap. It is always important to rule out the most significant potential problem which could be a blood clot and possible pulmonary embolism (clot in the lung) or thoracic aneurysm. You should go to the emergency room where the proper tests can be done, the diagnosis made and the treatment instituted. ...Read more

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Muscle under left shoulder blade causing extreme pain and shortness of breath, what should I do? I am struggling to move.

Muscle under left shoulder blade causing extreme pain and shortness of breath, what should I do? I am struggling to move.

Muscle spasm: Hi, it seems you are suffering from a muscle spasm, and that's a painful condition, you might want to see your MD for muscle relaxants, for now you can use hot pack and Ibuprofen. Try to do some stretch exercises.
Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I am 23 a smoker I suffer with anxiety at the moment I have shortness of breath and pain in middle back and between shoulder blades do I hav lung canc?

I am 23 a smoker I suffer with anxiety at the moment I have shortness of breath and pain in middle back and between shoulder blades do I hav lung canc?

As above-see U MD: Not every one who smoke will get lung ca, but if u smoke one pack for 8 years u can get copd, so if u can quit smoking, . ...Read more

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Painful breathing thru back and chest near lower left shoulder blade, esp with deep breaths. Some shortness of breath coughs, tight chest. Off &on 3w?

Costochondritis: The pain you describe is typical of either costochondritis pleurisy. The shortness of breath, chest tightness and cough maybe from asthma. The only way to find out what's going on is by an in person visit to a physicians office. ...Read more

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Why do I keep getting a shooting pain where my heart is as well as a sharp pain where my left shoulder blade is and shortness of breath?

Why do I keep getting a shooting pain where my heart is as well as a sharp pain where my left shoulder blade is and shortness of breath?

Emergency Room time: A man or woman, with pain inside the chest and shortness of breath, should call 911 and take the ambulance to the er. He should not wait at home to see if the symptoms get better. It could be a heart attack, which can be fatal. If it turns out to be a collapsed lung, a pneumonia, or a blood clot in the lung, she will still be in the right place at the emergency room. Time to call for an ambulance. ...Read more

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I have back pain around my shoulder blade and have slight shortness of breath. I'm a 36 year old occasional smoker. Could I have lung cancer?

Certainly is a: Possibility but there are also a number of other things that could give you these symptoms that are much less serious. The only way to know for certain is to have a health care professional evaluate you. Make an appointment today to get checked out. ...Read more

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My colleague tapped strongly on my left shoulder blade. There are some bruises/pain there and I've had a lot of shortness of breath. Lung/heart problem?

My colleague tapped strongly on my left shoulder blade. There are some bruises/pain there and I've had a lot of shortness of breath. Lung/heart problem?

"Tap"? W/hammer?: Caused bruising? Something doesn't line up. Not likely heart issue, but could be orthopedic or lung, depending on your specific health issues/meds and what a "tap" is that can cause bruising. Should see your Dr or an Urgent Care for exam and x-ray -or- go to ER if shortness of breath prominent. Good luck. ...Read more

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B/p is 189/102, pulse 106. Mild chest pain, a little shortness of breath. Major fatigue and muscle (shoulder) pain. Suggestions?

B/p is 189/102, pulse 106. Mild chest pain, a little shortness of breath. Major fatigue and muscle (shoulder) pain. Suggestions?

Emergency.: The marked BP elevation, high heart rate and symptoms suggest it's urgent to go to the nearest emergency dept. For an evaluation and treatment to restore a normal BP and heart rate. Untreated hypertension is associated with a very high risk of heart attack and stroke. ...Read more

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My dad is having shortness of breath and pain in the left shoulder (right next to the wing) He won't go to the dr because he's on medicare and so on.

My dad is having shortness of breath and pain in the left shoulder (right next to the wing) He won't go to the dr because he's on medicare and so on.

Needs evaluation: Is he a smoker & how active is he? Does he get the pain on exertion or at rest or both? Does he have diabetes & has he ever had a heart attack before? If you answer yes to any of these questions, he needs to be evaluated right away ...Read more

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Would a pulled muscle in my left shoulder give me shortness of breath?

Would a pulled muscle in my left shoulder give me shortness of breath?

Shoulder: There is little reason for a pulled shoulder muscle to cause shortness of breath unless the real pain was coming from a thoracic attached muscle like latissimus. ...Read more

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I have had on several occasions shortness of breath tightness in chest n pain in left shoulder. It happens even when lying down.

I have had on several occasions shortness of breath tightness in chest n pain in left shoulder. It happens even when lying down.

More info needed: Is the discomfort affected by a deep breath or when you rotate your shoulder? What happens when you exert yourself? Do you have a cough? How long does the chest tightness last? Is there a tender spot on the rib cage? It doesn't sound too worrisome but have your pcp evaluate this complaint. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with an acute sinus infection and was put on meds well the next day I started having shortness of breath and pain between the shoulder?

MGT: I would advise continuing prescribed medications. The new symptoms must be further evaluated by your physician. There are many possible causes. If you are in distress and air hungry, please see the ED right away. ...Read more

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I have chest pain on the left side extreme fatigue shoulder pain on the left side and shortness of breath what does this mean?

See your doctor!: Left sided chest pain that radiates to the shoulder and is associated with fatigue and shortness of breath is very concerning for a heart or lung problem. This should be evaluated very soon by your doctor with physical exam, ekg, chest x-ray and blood tests. This constellation of symptoms should prompt a visit to the emergency room. I would recommend that you chew an Aspirin and go or call 911. ...Read more

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What could cause elevated immunoglobulin M (IgM)? IgM result is 468 mg/dl, all other bloodwork normal. Also shortness of breath, shoulder, rib pain

What could cause elevated immunoglobulin M (IgM)? IgM result is 468 mg/dl, all other bloodwork normal. Also shortness of breath, shoulder, rib pain

Infection, myeloma: IgM is the 1st antibody released by the immune system in the course of fighting an infection. Depending on the amount of other antibodies (even if normal), it could also represent a tumor or malignancy of the immune system, like lymphoma or myeloma. We can't diagnose that here. Use HealthTap Prime to upload the entire report (all tests) or talk to the doctor who ordered the bloodwork. Good luck. ...Read more

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SL reconstruction using autograft yesterday, with an on-Q attached to shoulder. Shortness of breath, and lower back pain. Anxiety, or side effects?

SL reconstruction using autograft yesterday, with an on-Q attached to shoulder. Shortness of breath, and lower back pain. Anxiety, or side effects?

Be seen: Any complaints of shortness of breath postoperatively is something taken very seriously in general. I would call Your surgeon and make sure he is aware and then follow his recommendations. Likely he will recommend you come in to be seen. ...Read more

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I have been having shortness of breath, off and on shoulder pain, chest pain, and neck pain. I have seen my pcp. What do you suggest is my next step?

I have been having shortness of breath, off and on shoulder pain, chest pain, and neck pain. I have seen my pcp. What do you suggest is my next step?

Pulmonary testing: Ask your physician for pulmonary function trsting (pft) and a chest xray. I would also recommend blood testing for infection and inflammation. If pain and shortness of breath persisits you may need a nuclear lung scan. ...Read more

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Sharp stabbing shocking pain in right temple, same pain back of neck, left shoulder&chest&shortness of breath gets worse when laying, bend over, beath in?

Sharp stabbing shocking pain in right temple, same pain back of neck, left shoulder&chest&shortness of breath gets worse when laying, bend over, beath in?

911: Lots of things can cause severe headache chest arm neck pain such as anxiety. But in my experience rule out life threatening issues such as heart and lung problems first. Call 911 and go to the emergency room please ...Read more

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Shoulder pain. No chest pains or shortness of breath. I'm a hypochondriac so I always assume the worse. I have acid reflux. Trapped gas?

See a psychiatrist: If indeed you are truly a hypochondriac that can be a serious condition. Would encourage you to see a psychiatrist. In reference to your shoulder pain, there's not enough information to make a comment. ...Read more

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Heart won't stop beating fast. Shortness of breath and sharp pain in upper stomach. Especially when I eat. My shoulder/back hurt. Help. What's wrong?

Heart won't stop beating fast. Shortness of breath and sharp pain in upper stomach. Especially when I eat. My shoulder/back hurt. Help. What's wrong?

Go to ER....: You should be evaluated in the emergency room today! shortness of breath can be a life-threatening symptom and a cardiac etiology needs to be ruled out since you are also experiencing a rapid heart rate. You need to be diagnosed and treated asap so go to the er today! Good luck! ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause tingling in tops of breasts, fingers. Back and shoulder pain. Shortness of breath. All while NOT in the midst of a panic attack?

Can anxiety cause tingling in tops of breasts, fingers. Back and shoulder pain. Shortness of breath. All while NOT in the midst of a panic attack?

Anxiety: Is state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. Symptoms of severe anxiety: insomnia, appetite changes, palpitations, and pain. Rec.: see your PCP for evaluation.
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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