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Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
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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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I'm having heart burn from chest to throat n left chest above breast?

I'm having heart burn from chest to throat n left chest above breast?

Could be gerd: You may have acid reflux which gets better with antacids. You may have to try that first before looking for other causes. ...Read more

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I have been having real sharp pain in my upper left chest right above my left breast. Is this serious?

Maybe: Could be a problem with skin, nerves, muscle, shoulder, lung, heart, or stomach. See your doctor for a more thorough history, physical exam and further evaluation. If she sleeps on her stomach she could have a neck strain that radiates pain to the chest or arm. ...Read more

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What may cause the chronic upper left back pain that feels heavy with sharp needle like pain in the left chest/breast when stretching?

What may cause the chronic upper left back pain that feels heavy with sharp needle like pain in the left chest/breast when stretching?

Pinched Nerve: Sounds like you have a pinched nerve in your back. I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to evaluate you further to evaluate what level and what can be done to treat you. There are interventional treatments besides medications and surgeries that might reduce or eliminate the pain altogether. ...Read more

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Pain in left side of chest above breast. Comes and goes, not constant. Sometimes a sharp pain, today more of an ache.

Pain in left side of chest above breast. Comes and goes, not constant. Sometimes a sharp pain, today more of an ache.

Musculature: If you do not feel a lump, warmth etc., then anything that is sharp or stabbing is usually of musculoskelatal origin (rib, muscles, tendons). Pleurisy would usually be associated with a cough and fever. This pain pattern is not typical of cardiac origin. ...Read more

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