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I have a pain in my upper back, kind of below my right shoulder blade, why does it get worse when I take a deep breath?

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Dr. Asaf Presente
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care

In brief: Pleuritic pain

This question describes what is known as pleuritic pain - a sharp pain worsening with inspiration is common although musculoskeletal/intercostal injury can sometimes manifest this way.
Anyone with persistent pain of this type should see a doctor and consider having an xray or ct scan.

In brief: Pleuritic pain

This question describes what is known as pleuritic pain - a sharp pain worsening with inspiration is common although musculoskeletal/intercostal injury can sometimes manifest this way.
Anyone with persistent pain of this type should see a doctor and consider having an xray or ct scan.
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Dr. Aruna Seneviratne
Certain types of lung tumors can cause shoulder pain, See your primary care md for a chest X-ray, and if normal, see a shoulder surgeon
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