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I'm 20 years old and have been having random sessions of sharp chest pain, mostly during inhalation. What could be the the possible cause?

I'm 20 years old and have been having random sessions of sharp chest pain, mostly during inhalation. What could be the the possible cause?

See the doctor: In a young person, cardiac disease is uncommon, but it can happen and pain with inspriation can be a sign of lung disease, pleursey or a fractured rib. I would see my physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Chest Pain (Definition)

Many people with chest pain fear a heart attack. However, there are many possible causes of chest pain. Some causes are not dangerous to your health, while other causes are ...Read more


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What causes a sharp chest pain when inhaling?

What causes a sharp chest pain when inhaling?

Multiple things: 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 you sleep on your stomach you could have a neck strain that radiates pain to the chest or arm. Get checked out just to make sure. ...Read more

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I am having sharp chest pain on my left side. Mainly when I laugh, inhale and exhale too deep and side line laying on my left side hurts as well?

I am having sharp chest pain on my left side. Mainly when I laugh, inhale and exhale too deep and side line laying on my left side hurts as well?

Chest Wall Pain: The type of pain you describe seems to be coming from the chest wall either in the muscle or the bones or an inflammation called costochondritis.You can try over the counter aleve (naproxen) or ibuprofen and if pain still persist check with your doctor ...Read more

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In lupus, what is likely cause of sharp chest pain I get sometimes during flares that worsens when I lean forward or inhale. Heart/lungs scans normal. ?

In lupus, what is likely cause of sharp chest pain I get sometimes during flares that worsens when I lean forward  or inhale. Heart/lungs scans normal. ?

Unclear: Lupus pts can get pericarditis - sharp chest pain which is worse with deep breath but improved by leaning forward/worse lying on your back. Alternatively, lupus pts also get myalgia (muscle pain) and arthralgia (joint pain, including of the rib cage) which can be worse with deep breath but wouldn't change much with different position. Heart and lung scans would be normal for all of these. ...Read more

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I have asthma. Am having moderate sharp chest pain when inhaling, coughing, and shortness of breath. Did inhaler. Is there anything else I should do?

Urgent care needed: Your symptoms could be serious. Sharp chest pain likely indicates an irritation of the inside of your chest/surface of the lung. While there are some benign causes, the shortness of breath associated with it means you need a chest x-ray at at minimum, TODAY. Best advise would be to call your local doctor if you have one, and head to the ER. ...Read more

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Sharp chest pain on left side. Hurts more when I breath and move certain ways and put pressure on my chest. Pain shoots up my neck on left side?

Prob NT Coronary Dis: At 17 unlikely Cor Dis leading Hrt Atak. Could be Gas in splenic flexure, could be Pericarditis. In pericar U feel better sit up than lie down. Both cause pain w breathng. Gas Lft Upper quad Abd(splen flex) causes pain in Lft shoulder. Pain can also be a lft pleural catch: lung lining caught betw ribs. Pericard can come after viral illness +other poss. Start w prim MD Phys exam & ECG, U/S abd. ...Read more

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Have sharp chest pain that gets worse when i breath deeply or cough (heart checked out ok), should I be worried?

Have sharp chest pain that gets worse when i breath deeply or cough (heart checked out ok), should I be worried?

Pleuritic: Shartp chest pain when you breath is usually inflammatory in origin. Most commonly pleurisy, which is a viral inflammation of the lining of the lung. It may also be caused by pneumonia, or even a blood clot to the lungs. If you are also short of breath or have a fever, you should get it checked out. ...Read more

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I've been having really sharp chest pain on the right side all the way to the right side of my back and its really hard to breath and talk?

GO SEE A DOCTOR ASAP: You must go to the emergency room or see a doctor as soon as possible ! it could be a blood clot in your lung. It coulb be just ribcage pain , but don't bet your life on it. ...Read more