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Please help - Chest pain left side, painful deep breaths

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  • Posted By: Bambi170
  • November 5, 2006
  • 03:13 PM

Hi there,
Hope someone can help me - yesterday whilst I was sitting and typing at work, I noticed that I was having some problems taking a deep enough breath. Occasionally this happens to me if I'm a bit anxious about something but usually only lasts half an hour or so. This was still bothering me in the evening - it felt as though I couldn't take a deep enough breath and on the odd occasion that I did (which felt such a relief) I had quite a sharp pain on the left hand side of my chest (this worried me a bit as it's kind of in the heart area, but I figured it obviously wasn't a heart attack!)

When I actually touched my chest area I realised that putting pressure anywhere on my ribcage was painful (a bruised type feeling) as was twisting in either direction - if I twist to the left, I get the same pain I get as when I take a deep breath. This is when I started thinking the pain must be muscle related.

Earlier in the week I did a yoga dvd a few times - I'd never done yoga before and I did find some of the upper body stretches quite strenuous. Do you think it is possible that I have pulled some intercostal muscles and that is what is causing these symptoms? Just to sum that up it's basically okay when I take shallow breaths, but after a period of time I feel the need to take a deeper breath and when I do that, I get the pain. Ibuprofen hasn't done much to help, but having a hot water bottle is quite good. I managed to get some sleep last night but was easiest if I stayed on my back. I hope that it really is just muscle strain and nothing else- what do you think?

If you think it is, any idea how long this might last and what I can do to help it to heal?
Any advice appreciated!

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