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Dull/sharp pain in upper left side of chest above breast and into neck. Hurt worse to breath in?

Dull/sharp pain in upper left side of chest above breast and into neck. 
Hurt worse to breath in?

Pleurisy or costochondritis: Costochondritis is an inflammation often caused by a virus in the Cartlidge in your ribs it will hurt when you breathe and if you press on it. If it hurts when you breathe but not if you press on it it's more likely pleurisy. If it's not too bad heat and anti-inflammatories like Motrin will help. This does take a long time to improve so don't get frustrated if your symptoms get worse see your doctor ...Read more

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Diagnosing Breast Lumps (Checklist)

Do a breast self exam after your period ends
Monthly
Check daily in shower after soaping up
daily
Learn the architecture of your breasts by repetition
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Observe skin around nipples
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Y'day i had stabbing chest pain just to the left of my left breast. Painful all day and today feels badly bruised to the touch. Ideas?

Y'day i had stabbing chest pain just to the left of my left breast. Painful all day and today feels badly bruised to the touch. Ideas?

Have it evaluated: A person with chest pain needs to be evaluated and treated appropriately. Multiple possible causes may be: heart attack, esophageal reflux, anxiety, musculoskeletal, pneumonia, pulmonary embolus, and aortic dissection. Have it evaluated right away to prevent potential serious complications. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use pain medication as directed
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Avoid fast movements
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
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What does it mean when you have a painful breast that hurts your left side of your chest with left arm numbness?

What does it mean when you have a painful breast that hurts your left side of your chest with left arm numbness?

chest pain: It might due to your t1-3 thoracic nerve root irritated if the pain is sharp, burning, radiating and the pain increased with skin irritation. If the pain is dull, and you feel heavy of chest, you need see your family doctor to have cardiac check. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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Write down severity, duration, location (front/back of knee, etc.)
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, bag of frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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Right chest above breast pain. Painful throat swallowing it feels like something is stuck. ?

Right chest above breast pain. Painful throat swallowing it feels like something is stuck. ?

See a doctor: You should probably see someone with those symptoms. Other important questions to think about are; do you have a fever? Did you feel something get stuck? When did it start? Is it getting worse or better? Can you still swallow fluids and solids? ...Read more

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