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When I take a deep breath I have pain in my left shoulder and lung?

When I take a deep breath I have pain in my left shoulder and lung?

Perhaps serious.: There are a variety of things that could cause this. If it just started happening hours or minutes ago and it is getting worse, seek immediate medical attention because it could be a heart attack or a pulmonary embolism. If it has been happening for a longer period of time, it might just be a muscle strain or broken rib. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Sharp left shoulder pain. Hurts more when I take a deep breath, lie down or get up. I can move my left arm with no pain. No physical signs of trauma.

Sharp left shoulder pain. Hurts more when I take a deep breath, lie down or get up. I can move my left arm with no pain. No physical signs of trauma.

Not clear: Typically if pain is related to movement it is muscle related. You need to also consider pneumonia or in your age range to consider, though unlikely, a blood clot especially if you are on birth control. Heart disease or inflammatory diseases are something to consider although less likely. See your doctor for a full exam and history. ...Read more

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When I take a deep breath I have pain in my left shoulder & on the right side of my chest. Pain has lessened greatly w/time, should I be worried?

? Pleurisy: May be musculosketal pain but sounds like its pleuritic in nature. That means it could be related to inflammation of a layer of tissue surrounding the lungs. If its persistent, I would see a physician for further tests, for example, chest XR, blood work, EKG etc. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain on my left shoulder and left side of the chest when I take deep breaths. Been 3 days so far. Should I worry?

I have a sharp pain on my left shoulder and left side of the chest when I take deep breaths. Been 3 days so far. Should I worry?

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. However, you may wish to watch and wait. If the pain is tolerable and getting better, you may take acetaminophen, as needed. If the pain worsens or interferes with regular breathing, see doctor.
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Taking a deep breath I get pain in my left shoulder+lung this has been happening on and off for years every few months for a couple of days at a time?

Taking a deep breath I get pain in my left shoulder+lung this has been happening on and off for years every few months for a couple of days at a time?

Cotochondritis: Is a benign inflammation of the costal cartilage, which is a length of cartilage which connects each rib, except the eleventh and twelfth, to the sternum. It causes pain in the chest that can be reproduced by pressing on the affected area between the ribs. This pain can be excruciating, especially after rigorous exercise. While it can be extremely painful, it is considered to be abenign ...Read more

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For 1 hour felt ache in my left shoulder blade. Each time I took a deep breath I had pain in my left chest & breast. Non exertional/passenger in car?

For 1 hour felt ache in my left shoulder blade. Each time I took a deep breath I had pain in my left chest & breast. Non exertional/passenger in car?

Pain: Were you exerting yourself or lifting anything heavy recently or playing sports recently? Any back pain or fevers? Any recent travel outside US? Could be muscle strain or lung issue/infection: please answer these questions to help you get you better faster. ...Read more

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Sharp back pain around/under left shoulder, going through my chest when taking deep breaths. Worrisome?

Sharp back pain around/under left shoulder, going through my chest when taking deep breaths. Worrisome?

Possibly: The symptoms don't sound like something that is life or limb threatening. However, I am sure you are in a lot of pain. The cause may be a herniated disc, something that doctors don't often think of when evaluating someone with back and chest pain. If you do seek medical attention, ask you doctor if he/she thinks an spinal MRI would be helpful. ...Read more

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2 x today I've had a sharp pain that radiates from my upper left shoulder and chest all the way down my left arm hurts taking a deep breath lift arm?

Pleuritis: Sharp pain in the left shoulder and chest and extending all of the way down the left arm in a 44-year-old should at least be evaluated to rule out cardiac ischemia. If you are not having any problem with your heart then likely you have a pleuritis, a costochondritis, a rotator cuff tear or a cervical radicular pain. You need to have a physician examine you and labs now--emergent call MD. ...Read more

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Painful breathing thru back and chest near lower left shoulder blade, esp with deep breaths. Some shortness of breath coughs, tight chest. Off &on 3w?

Costochondritis: The pain you describe is typical of either costochondritis pleurisy. The shortness of breath, chest tightness and cough maybe from asthma. The only way to find out what's going on is by an in person visit to a physicians office. ...Read more

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A sharp pain for 30 secs or so, like muscle spasm, extending from left chest to left shoulder and neck. Same muscle tightness taking deep breaths 30 mins after the initial pain, should I worry?

You are young: Of course, people tend to worry about left chest pain being cardiac in origin. This would not be common at your age (but not impossible). In broad overview, sharp, short pains are less often of serious cause unless pain is quite severe and/or associated with other abnormalities. Ultimately, cannot diagnose this way; so, if concerned then have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What is causing my chest, lung and shoulder pain when taking deep breaths?

What is causing my chest, lung and shoulder pain when taking deep breaths?

See below: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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I have severe left shoulder pain, above my shoulder blade. Pain is worse when I breath it hurts my heart. Pain gets bad when I eat or drink?

Need evaluation: This could be chest wall muscle pain, pain from inside the chest sometimes call pleurisy, pain from your heart, sometimes call pericarditis, or some other reason. You need to see your physician to get this evaluated. ...Read more

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I've been waking up with upper back pain mostly between left shoulder blade and spine. Hurts when I breath and can feel it in my left lung/ chest.?

I've been waking up with upper back pain mostly between left shoulder blade and spine. Hurts when I breath and can feel it in my left lung/ chest.?

Thoracic Spine: Thoracic spine areas will allow nerves to exit out of the spine and wrap around into the chest wall and abdomen. So herniated discs there can cause pain into these areas as well. I would consider seeing a pain specialist for treatment options like epidural steroid injection or even facet joint treatments. ...Read more

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My colleague tapped strongly on my left shoulder blade. There are some bruises/pain there and I've had a lot of shortness of breath. Lung/heart problem?

My colleague tapped strongly on my left shoulder blade. There are some bruises/pain there and I've had a lot of shortness of breath. Lung/heart problem?

"Tap"? W/hammer?: Caused bruising? Something doesn't line up. Not likely heart issue, but could be orthopedic or lung, depending on your specific health issues/meds and what a "tap" is that can cause bruising. Should see your Dr or an Urgent Care for exam and x-ray -or- go to ER if shortness of breath prominent. Good luck. ...Read more

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In JAN I had bad chest/shoulder pain and went to ER. They said anxiety. Pain in arm continued for a month. Now I can't catch breath, & have itching/burning in upper left part of abs. Heart issue ruled out. Xanax/PPIs don't treat. Is it really stress?

Stress: If you have given your Dr all of the information and his examination is normal and basic labs are normal including EKG and your family history of early heart disease or sudden death is negative then not likely heart disease. Attributing it to stress should mean that other causes of chest pain need to be considered. Stress often a wastebasket term we use when don't know what it is. ...Read more

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Left shoulder pain with chest discomfort?

Left shoulder pain with chest discomfort?

See below: There are several joints and intervertebral discs in the neck. These can wear out over time leading to pain. Degeneration of the joints or discs can cause neck pain, headaches, and shoulder pain. You can also get neck pain from a muscle strain. In some cases neck and shoulder pain could be related to your heart so be sure to see you physician. ...Read more

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Upper right chest pressure followed by pinching upper left shoulder pain...Brief but troubling. What does it mean?

Can't relate them: It is unlikely that the 2 symptoms are related. Unless both are muscular (which, statistically, is the most likely cause). Have you been doing any stretching, carrying, twisting or other strenuous work in the last week? ...Read more

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Having left shoulder pain with mild chest discomfort?

Having left shoulder pain with mild chest discomfort?

See doctor now: See a doctor. It may be nothing or it may be a heart problem - do not delay. A man your age may be at high risk for the onset of heart disease. ...Read more

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I just got out of 2 days in hospital 12 hours ago. Was there for chest and left shoulder pain. Was told nothing is wrong. Now pain is back. What to do?

I just got out of 2 days in hospital 12 hours ago. Was there for chest and left shoulder pain. Was told nothing is wrong. Now pain is back. What to do?

Notify them: Most time when you have been discharged from a hospital you will have a follow up doctor who would be familiar with your case; I would call them and notify them that the pain had returned and see what they recommend. ...Read more