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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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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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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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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?

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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My right upper shoulder blade and back of the neck is very painful when i breath and is rising to the top of my neck.... What can that be from?

My right upper shoulder blade and back of the neck is very painful when i breath and is rising to the top of my neck.... What can that be from?

Neck pain that radi: What you are describing are some very significant symptoms. Neck pain that radiates or moves up and down the shoulder and the neck is usually related to impingement of a nerve coming from the cervical or neck area. Your symptoms can also indicate there is a problem in the upper lobe of your lung. Any problem that causes an individual to have difficulty breathing should be thoroughly evaluated b. ...Read more

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Think I have gas in my back. I can't breath right, feels like something is moving. Not painful but very uncomfortable. What should I do?

Think I have gas in my back. I can't breath right, feels like something is moving. Not painful but very uncomfortable. What should I do?

Have dr check it out: Time to see your doctor to have it evaluated further. If there is a hernia, cyst or some other structure present, they can do an ultrasound to see what it could be before it gets larger, and painful. It could be nothing, or it could be something. In either case, it needs to be examined physically, documented, and measured. Then, you and your doctor can go from there. ...Read more

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Tip of nose painful to touch & burning sensation in right nostril when i breath.No other pain.Noo runny nose.Should i see my doctor or not be worried?

Tip of nose painful to touch & burning sensation in right nostril when i breath.No other pain.Noo runny nose.Should i see my doctor or not be worried?

Concerned: I am concerned you have developed an infection inside of your nostril. I would recommend you see a physician for a full evaluation. The most likley diagnosis is nasal cellulitis. ...Read more

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