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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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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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Sharp chest pain, left-front, 3rd rib from bottom. ~5 min of pain 1-2 times/day. No pain w/breath/touch. Pain always same place/type/duration. Thanks!

Sharp chest pain, left-front, 3rd rib from bottom. ~5 min of pain 1-2 times/day. No pain w/breath/touch. Pain always same place/type/duration. Thanks!

Chest pain.: More information will be needed. With chest pain on the left without obvious cause or origin, you want to rule out cardiac causes. If all work ups are negative, you have been having this pain for sometimes and it does not cause any problem, it might be Prinzmetal's angina. Please follow up your doctor for further evaluation. ...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

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I keep getting shortness of breath, feel faint, light headed and sharp chest pain with popping feeling (especially when leaning forward or back)?

Important symptoms: The symptoms you describe could be a pneumothorax. That is probably the worst thing it could be. It is worth it to get checked out. You should see a doctor about these symptoms soon, in the next day or so max. If your out of breath gets worse and worse, you should be seen right away. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing mild sharp chest pain when I breath on my left side shortness of breath, along with anxiety and vertigo could my anemia be back?

I've been experiencing mild sharp chest pain when I breath on my left side shortness of breath, along with anxiety and vertigo could my anemia be back?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor as your symptoms warrant an evaluation. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk prodFor good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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Radial artery occlusion. Past two days have been having shortness of breath and sharp chest pain on and off. Occasional pain in wrist. What is cause?

Radial artery occlusion. Past two days have been having shortness of breath and sharp chest pain on and off. Occasional pain in wrist. What is cause?

Needs to be checked: You have chest pain associated with shortness of breath, you should see your doctor asap or go to the emergency dept of nearest hospital. You will need a detailed history and physical exam and if indicated xray or cat scan and blood test including arterial blood gases etc if indicated to find the cause of your symptoms. It may or may not be related to radial artery occlusion, depeding on the cause. ...Read more

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What can cause shortness of breath unable to breathe in deeply, sharp chest pain, sudden headache and feeling of being light headed after running?

Poor hydration: Drink more water or gatorade pain is most likely from muscular issue from poor hydration status so also lightheadednesss. ...Read more

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What are likely causes of: sudden eye and ear pain, severe sharp chest pain, clammy, short of breath, low bp, higher pulse, pain at base of skull?

Get checked: Most likely ANS blockers (toxins, pathogens, allegens) are causing your symptoms. The base of the skull is the occiput. Infection at occiput will predispose HA, sleep dysfunction, and perhaps anxiety issues. Occiput pain projects to the back of the eye. ANS blockers at the ear/TMJ will cause ear pain. Get checked ...Read more

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What does sharp chest pain signify?

What does sharp chest pain signify?

Variable: Sharp chest discomfort, especially if only lasting a few seconds, is usually benign and most likely musculoskeletal in origin. Much depends on where it's located, what precipitates it, what symptoms are associated with it, and what relieves it. Simple rest and, if recurrent, antiinflammatories or analgesics may be useful, but if persistent, evaluation by your doctor is prudent. ...Read more

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How bad is sharp chest pain from pneumo?

How bad is sharp chest pain from pneumo?

Varies a lot: I have seen patients with 100% pneumothorax and little or no pain and similarly I have seen patients with sall pneumothorax and excruciating pain. Depends on the patient, their sex, and age. ...Read more

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