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Anytime i swallow anything water, food even my own saliva, i feel this sharp pain in my chest that runs down my back. Can someone explain this please?

Anytime i swallow anything water, food even my own saliva, i feel this sharp pain in my chest that runs down my back. Can someone explain this please?

What food?: Have you noticed if there is any particularly type of food/drink that exacerbates the symptoms? Spicy food? Acidic food? And what's the timing in relation to food? Right off the bat, a number of things come to mind, such as esophageal spasm, esophagitis, reflux, even gallstone or pancreatitis. More info would help. Tx. ...Read more

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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Stretch your muscles
10 Min, Daily, forever
Breathe into the area of pain
Once
Visualize the area in spasm relaxing
Once
Take supplements that support your joints
Daily
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I take a deep breath and i get a sharp pain n my back/chest.What could it be.?

I take a deep breath and i get a sharp pain n my back/chest.What could it be.?

Pleurisy: You may have pleurisy which is an inflammation of the lining of the lung. It is common with viral illnesses or pneumonia and causes a sharp pain sensation when you take a deep breath. ...Read more

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Have sharp pain in lower stomach and middle of back. I start having chest pain a well. Pain rate about an 8 should I go to the hospital?

Have sharp pain in lower stomach and middle of back. I start having chest pain a well. Pain rate about an 8 should I go to the hospital?

Probably: If you're hurting, then you should. A pelvic infection would be the most common cause in your age group (20 year old female) and that needs prompt attention. ...Read more

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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Lose weight
Once
Reduce stress by moving gracefully with tai chi, yoga, or dance
Daily
Increase flexibility with gentle exercises and/or physical therapy
Daily
Gradually increase muscle tone and strength to support your back
Once
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Chest pain right side for almost an hour now. Under breast and across abdomen sometimes extending to back. Very sharp pain. Is it gas?

Chest pain right side for almost an hour now. Under breast and across abdomen sometimes extending to back. Very sharp pain. Is it gas?

ER visit now: Seems atypical for heart attack but cannot rule out. Also blood clot in the lung and tear in your aorta should be considered and ruled out. Hence any acute onset chest pain deserves an immediate evaluation. Please go to the er. ...Read more

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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Get evaluated by a spine specialist
Once
Walk regularly
30 Min, 3x week, forever
Avoid smoking
Once
Perform gentle back exercises (examples at www.TheRehabZone.com)
20 Min, 3x week, forever
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Chest pain left side near heart felt when i laugh move sometimes lay on that side pain felt in arm and back bone on left side. Sharp pain?

Musculoskeletal: Anything that hurts worse with movement is usually in the muscles or joints. This could be a rib strain or costochondritis. Either way, an anti-inflammatory (advil or aleve) may help. ...Read more

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