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Pain on left side of chest when I inhale...

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 9, 2007
  • 03:53 AM

When I inhale, I have a sharp pain on the right side of my chest. The pain dissapears once I have stopped inhaling (no pain whilst holding breath), and doesn't reappear upon exhaling. Maybe my ribs are bruised on my right side? I don't know. Want to know if it warrents a doctor's visit or if normal. Thank you anyone that answers!

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  • I have this same problem (but on my left side). I was told that I have 'sticky lung'; I can't remember the official (real) diagnosis but my doctor basically just told me that I naturally have a more mucus-rich makeup of my lungs. Basically, the two walls of the lungs are touching one another. He told me to breath deeply 4 or 5 times in a row to separate them. It works and has lessened over the years.
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  • i have the same pain on the left side of my chest, it feels like it's under my ribs. i get it only occasionally and sometimes it's after i've eaten food, but other times, it's when i'm just sitting at work or riding in the car or talking to someone. it comes out of the blue. when i get it, i just try to breath lightly, because the pain is stronger when i inhale deeply. after a while it just goes away.
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  • I get it too. It's a really sharp pain - and if I tried 4 to 5 deep breaths as one poster suggested, the pain would be excruciating (can't imagine that's doing a good thing). I don't really feel it when I don't breathe deeply, except if I bend over in a certain way or something - anything that forces a lung expansion it seems. My dad and brother gets it too.
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  • I too am experiencing this same issue...My pain occurs when I tilt my head back like I am stretching my chest. I also experience little sharp needle like sensations at times. This really has me puzzeled. Is this a serious thing?
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  • I too have the same pain you are describing.... please read this article. it answered all my questions and put a lot of ease in my mind. http://www.failedsuccess.com/index.php?/weblog/comments/precordial_catch_syndrome_chest_pain/
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  • I have a bruised rib on the left side but it hurts when I exhale or laugh or cough, what does it mean?
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    • September 30, 2007
    • 09:24 PM
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  • Count me in too, only mine starts from my left arm pit to under my left rib and then to my back side. It’s like it’s all the way through me. I do smoke and for 6 months or better I always wheezed. I figured my lung was filling up with fluid so I got a brain storm and decided to breath in deep about 10 times or better. That’s when my latest pain under my left rib started and seems too worsened after I eat. Today I felt my pain travel from my left arm pit down to my left hoof (foot). I have to add, I do sit in my office chair typing around 10 hours a day so im assuming that doesn’t help matters either. In collusion, Im totally baffled. I realize smoking doesn’t help any situation. I took a small walk today and felt decent but when I got home, had a smoke then felt like **** again. My pain returned instantly. Im guessing its lung related. I also read it could be how you sit, im always hunched over and my belt digs into my gut. I think I better see my doctor before im doomed or at the very least Peace of Mind.
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    • November 2, 2007
    • 06:00 AM
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  • Precordial Catch Syndrome, i have it. Im eighteen, apparently its common?
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    • November 28, 2007
    • 07:40 PM
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  • Read this:Precordial Catch SyndromeThe precordial catch syndrome is a verycommon, benign cause of chest pain in olderchildren and young adults. In spite of its veryconsistent characteristics, it often leads tounnecessary and expensive testing, specialistreferrals, and anxiety.Characteristics· Sudden onset – no warning· Usually occurs at rest· Localized· Sharp, stabbing, or needle-like pain· Often made worse by deep breathing· Lasts 30 seconds to 3 minutes· Goes away suddenly and completely· No other symptoms· No physical changesIt may start as young as six years old, but morecommonly happens in the late teens to earlytwenties. It usually occurs at rest, often in apartly slouched position, such as whilewatching television, sitting on an old couch. Itmay happen during light activity, such aswalking. It has no relationship to meals andnever occurs during sleep. Attacks can be asoften as weekly or as rare as once only.The pain is well-localized, its area being nobigger than 1 or 2 fingertips. Most commonly itis located in the front or sides of the chest.Precordial means “in front of the heart.” Itdoes not radiate, or shoot to another area. Itbegins suddenly without provocation. Changingposition may make it worse or better -- taking adeep breath usually hurts more, but cansometimes “fix” the problem. Most people justbreathe shallowly for the few seconds orminutes until it disappears spontaneously. Itmay last as long as 30 minutes, but this is rare.Other than appearing to be in pain, theaffected person doesn’t have symptoms such aspaleness, flushing (red face), or wheezing, buthe/she may get light-headed from prolongedshallow breathing. The pulse rate and rhythmare normal.What Causes It?First of all, it isn’t imaginary; it is a real,hurting pain. And what doesn’t cause it is heartor lung disease, although occasionally it occursin patients with congenital heart abnormalities.The pain probably comes from nerves in the innerlining of the chest cavity called the pleura whichbecomes pinched or irritated. In some, it mayoriginate in the chest wall – ribs or cartilage. Butit most certainly does not come from the heart,the lining over the heart (pericardium), or thelungs.How do I Know It’s NotSomething Serious?Your health care practitioner should take acareful history of your symptoms and be alert tothe possibility of other problems. Viral and otherinfections, congenital heart valve deformities,inflamed esophagus or stomach may cause similarsymptoms, but will be associated with otherfindings, such as fever, cough, relationship tocertain foods or activity, etc.The practitioner should physically check yourchest by observing, feeling for tenderness, andlistening to your heart and lungs.Are tests needed?Further testing is only needed if the practitionerthinks there may be something else going on. Forexample, if a heart murmur or other abnormalsound is heard, an echocardiogram (ultrasoundimages), and/or chest X-ray may be ordered.What Can I Do About It?Relax, knowing that the pain is completelyharmless and needs no specific treatment. Mostpeople with precordial catch syndrome outgrow itby their early to mid twenties. Attacks of painusually diminish with age. Some have found thattaking a deep breath makes it go away, but maydo so at the cost of a sharper brief stab. Mostprefer to breathe shallowly until it goes away.Improving your sitting posture and taking anoccasional deep breath is likely to help preventit.See your practitioner if the pain changes or newsymptoms develop.Thanks to: Miller and Texidor, 1955 JAMA 159Sparrow and Bird (yes!), 1978 NZMJ 88C. H. Gumbiner, 2003 SMJ 96
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  • I get it too. It's a really sharp pain - and if I tried 4 to 5 deep breaths as one poster suggested, the pain would be excruciating (can't imagine that's doing a good thing). I don't really feel it when I don't breathe deeply, except if I bend over in a certain way or something - anything that forces a lung expansion it seems. My dad and brother gets it too.Check to see if it has anything to do with your intake of gluten (bread, pasta, anything with flour in it) I just got this pain 4 days ago--after reading posts on a few different web sites, I thought it would last forever and that no one knew what it was. Mine actually started after I ate gluten. I know this cause I have been on a gluten free diet for a couple months and decided to throw the diet out the window for a day and eat some bread. That evening, I got that terrible pain that is still hanging around. Its not as painful today. I can breathe deeply (very slowly) and it doesnt feel like I'm being stabbed like it did a couple days ago. I went to the dr--got xrays and blood tests. The dr said she would test for celiac disease and guess what?....it was possitive. Did some research on it and it is way more common than people know (like 1 in 250 people) and if someone you're related to has it, you are way more likely to have it. Check it out yo.
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  • My Dad is 80 years old and is having pain in lower right side of back when he breaths. No other symptoms. We thought that it was in relation to his history of kidney problems (acute renal failure). Then we found out through a CT scan and MRI that he had a cyst on his liver, so we thought that was the problem. It turned out today that he has been diagnosed with pneumonia. He's on an antibiotic (avalox?) and will hopefully soon be discharged from hospital. Hoping for the best for him and for all of you. Take care of yourselves, get medical treatment and ask lots of questions. Amy
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  • Yeah, I'm 14 and this pain started with me about five months or so ago. I believe I have PCS, because my doctors never found out for sure what was wrong with me. One of my x-ray doctors said that maybe I had bronchitis, but that's not true because my pain isn't related to coughing. And my aunt, my other doctor, said that maybe I just had a dislocated rib - creepy - and said that I should stretch more a sit up straight. I think I have PCS, because I have all the symptoms. underneath my left, sometimes right, rib, I feel a sharp piercing pain that comes without warning sometimes when I slouch, talk, or just sit there and if I breathe in, it hurts, but then it goes away. It also goes away when I drink something cold. I'm just gonna follow my aunt's advice since there isn't medication for it and stretch/sit straight at all times and I pray it goes away.
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    • November 1, 2008
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  • have you ever had a mold problem in your place of residents? or workplace? roof leaks? water damage? does your symptoms usually occur inside or outside? when does it seem to worsen?
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    • November 13, 2008
    • 09:42 AM
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  • i also get that kind of pain, but i get the pain also in the upper left side of my back aswel as the upper left side of my ribs. It hurts when i inhale and exhale deeply sometimes when the pain just come out of the blue i have to breath really shallow at first then i can kind of breath normally but the pain is still there. I havnt got it checked out yet, im allways thinking the wost
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    • December 7, 2008
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  • I have had this pain several times in my lifetime and after discussing it with several different doctors, I have come to the conclusion that it is severe indegestion. The other syndrome that the last poster noted is definitely a possibility as well, but some of you associated it with just after eating where that syndrome is not associated with meals at all. Indegestion can be severely painful, to the point where you feel like you are having a heart attack. I have been there several times in the past and the best relief is patience and staying calm. Anxiety and panic will only worsen the pain. Deep breathing can sometimes clear the problem up, but is generally too painful to even attempt. Also, it doesn't always cure it. I have always found that calm and relaxed normal breathing for 5-15 minutes will clear it up. The way to test is to take a nice deep breath when you think it is cleared. If it is gone, the deep breath will not hurt. If it does hurt, continue with the calm normal breathing again until it does.My suggestion for this is to watch what you eat or take precaustions before you do eat. Tums, Rolaids, Prevacid, etc. If you forget, you can always try these things after you eat or once th pain has started. It will quicken the process. I promise. Good luck.
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    • February 19, 2009
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  • Ok, for you first timers with this pain, like i was a few minutes ago. aka. those of you who are frantically googling things such as "sharp pain in stomach and chest and left side and back, hurts to breath" calm down. just take the 5 deep breaths and wait a good thirty minutes, yes yes i know, 30 mins of this awful pain?!?! but trust me, i was just reading this going, there's no stupid bubble! but even if this bubble thing hasnt burst, or it doesn't feel like a bubble, wait 30 minutes and you'll feel the bubble thing burst...thank god.~a 15 teen year old who feels alot betterthanks bubble bursters!
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  • I too have the same pain you are describing.... please read this article. it answered all my questions and put a lot of ease in my mind. http://www.failedsuccess.com/index.php?/weblog/comments/precordial_catch_syndrome_chest_pain/Thank you for that one, that was a very helpful link. :D my mind is much more at ease.
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  • Forgiveness if I am pulling an old post back from being burried, however, I felt I needed to post as to help others who may be experiencing this problem. Laying in bed getting ready to fall asleep, I realize my alarm clock is not set, I get up a little differently than normal with my left arm and immediatly I feel a sharp, almost stab like pain in my left chest around my breast area. Immediatly I tried breathing to see if it was lack of oxygen, then while inhaling, it caused more pain.After that, I took short breaths, hoping the pain would go away on its own. It didn't. I then pulled my laptop over to me, opened it up, and immediatly went onto google to see if I could find the answer on my own. I searched a few spots and eventually found this one. I read through it a little bit and found that it was very similar to my problem. Further reading stated that if I tried a few deep breaths, the pain may subside. It did! I will now need to be a little more concious of pains I may feel, as this one really scared me. I am 16 and I hope that this little story will help anyone who is having this problem be able to solve it.
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    • September 4, 2009
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  • Thanks so much for the information
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    • September 15, 2009
    • 06:46 PM
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  • I also experience this kind of pain. I am 24 and it seems like it started a while ago (maybe around 18~). I have panic attacks and over breath all the time and I am always "freaking" out; thinking I have some major problem but tends to not be so serious. Just last year I was in the ER because I thought I was having a heart attack.. They did several tests such as taking a picture of the heart and lung tests. All tests passed. It was actually just a panic attack. I have never been diagnosed with panic attack syndrome but I know I have it, especially over breathing (because I always think I am not getting enough air).A Panic attack/over breathing or hyperventilation may cause these symptoms. However, I experience these other symptoms (left side begins to have sharp pain, hurting more when breathing in deeply) occasionally, especially if I have been doing exercises in the past few days. I never went into my GP for these symptoms because I am most certain that they are not serious, and I am sure yours are not serious too.Try not to worry.
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    • October 9, 2009
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