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What would cause pain in the left side of neck when taking in a deep breath?
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Accessory muscles
When you breathe in, you use your primary breathing muscle, the diaphragm. For a deep or strenuous breath, you also engage accessory muscles, including musles in the neck that "pull up" on your rib cage to help get more air in.
If those muscles are sore, or if there is some other pain, inflammation, or irritation in the neck, then a deep breath can lead to pain in that area.

In brief: Accessory muscles
When you breathe in, you use your primary breathing muscle, the diaphragm. For a deep or strenuous breath, you also engage accessory muscles, including musles in the neck that "pull up" on your rib cage to help get more air in.
If those muscles are sore, or if there is some other pain, inflammation, or irritation in the neck, then a deep breath can lead to pain in that area.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Dr. Isac Bloch
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
In brief: Myofacial pain
Often it is strain/sprain in the muscles of the neck.
Might want to check if there is any abnormal palpable finding in the area of pain.

In brief: Myofacial pain
Often it is strain/sprain in the muscles of the neck.
Might want to check if there is any abnormal palpable finding in the area of pain.
Dr. Isac Bloch
Dr. Isac Bloch
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