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What could cause one sided chest pain that is worse with inhalation?

What could cause one sided chest pain that is worse with inhalation?

Costocondritis: Without having much to go on, one possibilty is costocondritis. As the word implies, this is an inflammation of the rib cartilages. With breathing and therefore movement of the chest wall, this can elicit pain. This condition is usually self-limiting and the pain symptoms are treated with nsaids (motrin, for example). ...Read more

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Chest Pain (Definition)

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What causes left sided chest pain that is worse with inhalation?

What causes left sided chest pain that is worse with inhalation?

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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What could chronic non diagnosed chest pain and uppeback pain. Chest pain is center of chest slightly to the left. With "flareups" about 2-3x/month.

Costochondritis?: The location and timing suggest costochondritis, a rheumatologic pain syndrome most often affecting premenopausal women that is highly prevalent and not dangerous. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (like Ibuprofen or naproxen) can provide some relief but it may be incomplete in some people. ...Read more

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Throat spasms that cause ear and chest pain on one side. Is it possible? What could it be?

Possible yes: of course; it is happening to you. Throat and ear muscles and innervation are connected so you can experience crossover. Esophagus is a continuation of throat and it does go through the chest, so if it is in spasm you could also have related chest pain. However, this is not a safe way to learn what is actually happening to you. You should discuss this & all associated symptoms with clinician. ...Read more

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Shooting pain in left arm for 2 days. No chest pain. What could this be, other than a pinched nerve? Could it be sign of heart disease?

Shooting pain in left arm for 2 days. No chest pain. What could this be, other than a pinched nerve? Could it be sign of heart disease?

Not likely heart: Shooting pain is most often associated with a nerve problem, as you suggested. It is rare to find heart problems in your age group, and shooting pains rarely reflect heart disease in any patient group. So a cardiac cause is most unlikely. ...Read more

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Moderate to severe Shortness of breath. Severe Chest pain. Severe Upper abdomen pain. What could this mean? Should I be concerned?

Anxiety: symptoms are not a sign of illness, they are the mind's ability to produce the "flight or fight" response which gives rise to many physiological changes include nausea, sob, insomnia, dry mouth, aphasia, tremor and sweating. Depending on the cause of your anxiety symptoms, your health care provider can recommend appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of sudden neck pain, which is progessively getting worse with no fever?

Various things: There a lots of things that could cause this. Including cervical sprain/strain. Pre-existing cervical spondylosis (degenerative changes) suddenly getting inflammed, etc. You will need to be evaluated by your doctor to arrive at the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Iwhat could cause severe stabbing pain that is only in one leg?

Iwhat could cause severe stabbing pain that is only in one leg?

Could be several thi: Anything from muscle pain to blood clots. In one leg the first thing i would find out about is called dvt- a blood clot in the deep veins. These can be dangerous and must be diagnosed quuickly and treated right away. ...Read more

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Severe muscle spasms in my shoulder blades, ribs, and upper abdominal areas. Is there a disease or condition that would cause this. Im not dehydrated?

Severe muscle spasms in my shoulder blades, ribs, and upper abdominal areas. Is there a disease or condition that would cause this. Im not dehydrated?

Mineral deficient: You are probably deficient in magnesium and / or potassium. Drink two to three large glasses of V-8 juice or equivalent daily till the muscle spasms are gone. ...Read more

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What types of upper left chest tightness can cause an off-balance feeling? Duration is 4 months. Doctor did ekg, does not think it is cardiac pain.

What types of upper left chest tightness can cause an off-balance feeling?  Duration is 4 months.  Doctor did ekg, does not think it is cardiac pain.

Chest pain : An ekg does not rule out coronary artery disease. Stress test may reveal coronary artery disease. If stress test is negative and you continue to have chest tightness, coronary angiography is necessary to rule in or rule out coronary disease. ...Read more

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What could cause pain between lower breasts? Is that considered chest pain

What could cause pain between lower breasts? Is that considered chest pain

Dyspepsia.: We may generally term this "dyspepsia". Some possibilities for you specifically may include reflux, gastritis, stomach ulcer, duodenitis, duodenal ulcer or an issue with your gallbladder or pancreas. ...Read more

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What is a possible non heart attack cause of a quick sharp pain in the left chest/arm? Can it be gas? Other stomach issues?

What is a possible non heart attack cause of a quick sharp pain in the left chest/arm? Can it be gas? Other stomach issues?

Non-heart attack: Quick sharp pain in left chest and arm need not be from heart attack. It could be angina with out heart attack. Consult your physician. Other non-cardiac causes are pericarditis (inflammation of outer layer of heart), musculoskeletal pain, or neural pain. ...Read more

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Heart has been fluttering and now I'm having right sided flank pain. Could this be related? What are some of the things that can cause this?

Heart has been fluttering and now I'm having right sided flank pain. Could this be related? What are some of the things that can cause this?

They could be related: It could be that your heart is in an abnormal rhythm, such as atrial flutter, or atrial fibrillation. This can cause of fluttering sensation in your chest around your heart. You may have some other type of heart rhythm problem. If you have a heart rhythm problems such as the ones I am mentioning, it can cause blood clots to travel to your body and could lead to flank pain. You should be checked out by your local doctor. ...Read more

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What causes recurrent pleurisy, with consistent pain in the lower rib cage that is not effected by breathing? Clear xray, spirometry good

What causes recurrent pleurisy, with consistent pain in the lower rib cage that is not effected by breathing? Clear xray, spirometry good

Something else: If this is not affected by breathing, it is not likely from pleurisy but from something else at the lower rib cage. If your family doctor can't help you, get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Pain in upper right side of ribcage which is worse upon breathing. What can cause this?

Pain in upper right side of ribcage which is worse upon breathing. What can cause this?

Hard to say: There are multiple potential causes, you should consider being seen. Possible causes can incude an irritation of a nerve in the thoracic spine, an inflammatory condition involving the pancreas or the lining of the lung, and multiple other causes. A detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually sort out the cause. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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What is most likely the cause of constant left side rib pain that worsens when swallowing food or liquids??

Pain deglutition: Likely of oesophageal origin;best diagnosed by endoscopy if not specifically related to a historical occurrence or if persistent ...Read more

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Chest pain on right side of chest, pain when breathing esp. deep breathes, ER ruled out pulmonary embolism, what else could be the cause of this pain?

Chest pain on right side of chest, pain when breathing esp. deep breathes, ER ruled out pulmonary embolism, what else could be the cause of this pain?

Pneumonia: pleurisy, pneumothorax, shingles, liver disease, and intra-abdominal adhesions are common that can cause this type of pain. You need to follow up with your doctor with the test results from the ER so you can get relief from this pain. ...Read more

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What kind of chest pain would be cardiovascular related? Is there a distinct type of pain one would feel? I get pain on left side of chest sometimes.

What kind of chest pain would be cardiovascular related? Is there a distinct type of pain one would feel? I get pain on left side of chest sometimes.

Central chest: 'textbook description' of heart-origin pain is heavy pressure in the center of the chest, under the sternum (breastbone). It may also be felt in the jaw or in the left arm. Since the body does not read the book, other locations are possible, esp in women or elerly folks. Most typical would be pain brought on by exercise and relieved with rest. If you have any worries, see your doctor. ...Read more