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Forum Name: Lung Cancer

Question: PAIN WHEN BREATHING


 BUNLAB - Tue Jul 24, 2007 7:13 pm

43 / FEMALE / TYPE 1 DIABETIC, THYROID CANCER (5YRS AGO), MELANOMA (6 MTHS AGO), HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
SURG: OVARY REMOVED, THRYROIDS REMOVED, DISK IN NECK REPLACED
FAMILY HIST: HEART DISEASE
CURRENT MEDS: INSULIN PUMP, LEVOXYL, ALTACE

I AM HAVING PAIN IN MY SIDE/BACK AROUND MY RIGHT RIBCAGE AREA ONLY WHEN I BREATH IN. IT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR OVER 3 MONTHS.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Wed Aug 01, 2007 7:13 pm

User avatar Hi Bunlab,

Pain that is worsened by breathing is suspicious of a condition called pleurisy. Pleurisy is inflammation of the lining of the lungs/chest wall. Deep breathing causes the inflamed lining to move against the other lining producing pain. The pain can be quite intense.

It is typically treated with anti-inflammatory medications.

I would recommend you discuss this with your doctor to get a full evaluation and look for any other possible causes.

Best wishes.

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