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Dr. Boris Aronzon
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
19 years in practice
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I'm having pain in my back when taking a deep breath. Should I be worried?

Dr. Boris Aronzon
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
19 years in practice
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I'm having pain in my back when taking a deep breath. Should I be worried?

Evaluation: Could be your heart, arthritis, slipped disk, herniated disk, kidneys, etc.. Get checked by physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
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I have a sharp pain in upper back when taking a deep breath for about a year or more?

Dr. Robert Kwok
Board Certified, Pediatrics
28 years in practice
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I have a sharp pain in upper back when taking a deep breath for about a year or more?

To figure out pain..: To figure out pain that happens only with deep breaths, one has to write down on a big calendar: when it happens, exactly what happens, what makes it worse, what makes it better, what food/drink/meds he took that day, what activities/sports he did that day, etc... Take the diary to the dr. With 3 weeks of data for evaluation. It could be the pleura (the lining), ribs, spine, nearby nerves, etc... ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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I'm 32 weeks pregnant and have been feeling numbness in my mid back left side. Also had shooting pain in upper right back when taking deep breaths?

Dr. Wayne Ingram
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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I'm 32 weeks pregnant and have been feeling numbness in my mid back left side. Also had shooting pain in upper right back when taking deep breaths?

Call your OB MD: Call your treating OB MD and let him/her know who can provide the best advice since they have examined you continuously during this pregnancy. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Bolesta
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
35 years in practice
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What causes sharp upper back pain when taking a deep breath?

Dr. Michael Bolesta
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
35 years in practice
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What causes sharp upper back pain when taking a deep breath?

Several things: It could be from a cracked rib or inflamed rib joint. A blood clot caught in the lungs can do this. Irritation of the lung lining can do it too. If you are having trouble catching your breath, call your doctor or go to an urgent care or emergency room. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Steven Warren
Board Certified, Family Medicine
4 years in practice
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Started working out. Today sudden upper left back pain when taking deep breath and now hurts when i move/walk. What could it be?

Dr. Steven Warren
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Started working out. Today sudden upper left back pain when taking deep breath and now hurts when i move/walk. What could it be?

Muscle strain: you probably have a muscle strain and spasm from working out It can be painful and sharp It does hurt more with movement Rest it, moist heat, and some advil If you get shortness of breath or increased chest pain then followup with ER but I feel that it is just a muscle strain at your age ...Read more

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Dr. James Thompson
Board Certified, Pediatric Cardiology
22 years in practice
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25 yr old female. Chest pain on and off. Rib pain. Both hurt when flexing back and taking deep breath. What could cause this?

Dr. James Thompson
Board Certified, Pediatric Cardiology
22 years in practice
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25 yr old female. Chest pain on and off. Rib pain. Both hurt when flexing back and taking deep breath. What could cause this?

? costochondritis: This is an inflamation of your rib joints as they join your sternum (breast bone). Common in young women. It hurts to take a deep breath because that is when those joints move. If significant pain, youcan take Ibuprofen and use a heating pad. ...Read more

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Dr. James Burns
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
32 years in practice
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I have upper right back pain and right side neck pain, right side chest pain. It shoots from the back to the from. Back pain when taking deep breaths?

Dr. James Burns
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
32 years in practice
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I have upper right back pain and right side neck pain, right side chest pain. It shoots from the back to the from. Back pain when taking deep breaths?

Rhomboid and: levator scapulae muscle spasm is known to do the same thing with localized sharp back pain radiating to the front under the collarbone. Try warm compresses and firm massage on that side of back. Usually resolves so long as you are not experiencing breathlessness. If you are proceed to the ED for a chest xray to eliminate a pneumothorax or pulmonary embolus. ...Read more

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Board Certified, Geriatrics
25 years in practice
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I am a 60 year old female and I have recently started having shortness of breath after housework. I also shake when inhaling deeply. Concern?

Dr. Alvin Lin
Board Certified, Geriatrics
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I am a 60 year old female and I have recently started having shortness of breath after housework.  I also shake when inhaling deeply.  Concern?

Yes!: Your shortness of breath associated w/activity may be equivalent to "chest pain" although you may not be reporting "pain". Best to chat w/your Family Doc and get your heart checked out. Your risk for heart disease increases if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and/or smoke. Don't wait until things get worse. ...Read more

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Dr. Joel Cooperman
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
41 years in practice
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Can costochondritis be felt in the right side of the chest and to the back when taking a deep breath? If yes, can it last for more than 3 months?

Dr. Joel Cooperman
Board Certified, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Can costochondritis be felt in the right side of the chest and to the back when taking a deep breath? If yes, can it last for more than 3 months?

Yes: if untreated,it could last that long. Exersion , deep breathing can affect it, and prolong it. ...Read more

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Dr. Philip Chao
Board Certified, Radiology
33 years in practice
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Sometimes lying on my front i.E. Having a massage i get pain across the middle of my back and taking a deep breath at same time makes the pain worse?

Dr. Philip Chao
Board Certified, Radiology
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Sometimes lying on my front i.E. Having a massage  i get  pain across the middle of my back and taking a deep breath at same time makes the pain worse?

Well that sounds : Like you might have a problem in your back. You should ask your family doctor to examine you. See if you have a radiculopathy or just centralized pain. ...Read more

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