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Dr. Boris Aronzon
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I have a sharp pain in upper back when taking a deep breath for about a year or more?

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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What causes sharp upper back pain when taking a deep breath?

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. Steven Warren
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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?

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
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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?

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
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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?

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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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?

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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Dr. Jeffrey Unger
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Dr. Victor Bonuel
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I have a fever and having trouble taking a deep breath and internal pain on right side of back

I have a fever and having trouble taking a  deep breath and internal pain on right side of back

Strong urine odor : Could be from the food esp. Protein, vitamins or herbals meds u take or inadequate water intake, possible diabetes , chronic kidney problem or urine infection etc. Your breathing problem could be a sign of reactive or obstructive lung disease (asthma, copd). Get checked for a comprehensive exam.God bless u :). ...Read more

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