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Question: Left Side Chest Pain

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 FloridaCountryBoy - Sun Aug 05, 2007 11:40 pm

Hello. I am a 29 Year Old male. Here are my symptoms:

I have been having a pain on my left side chest around my nipple area. It also affects me on the left shoulder blade. It feels like a sharp pain that kind of pulses.Sometimes, it will go away for a short time, then return. I had chest xrays, and they were clean. I also had an ekg and it was also good. I had bloodwork and it came back clear. The pain seems to increase when I lay down. When I breathe, it worsens just a little. It feels more like tightness when I breathe real deep. The pain is at its least when I am standing. Sometimes the pain radiates lower below my nipple area.
Can someone please give me an idea, so I can sleep easy again?

Thanks so Much,
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Fri Aug 10, 2007 11:11 pm

User avatar Hi FloridaCountryBoy,

There are a few possibilities. With you saying that breathing makes it worse, pleurisy is a possibility. This is a condition where the lining of the lungs/chest wall becomes inflamed. It can be quite painful.

Another possibility is costochondritis. This is a condition where the cartilage portion of the rib becomes inflamed. This pain is usually made worse by pressing on the area.

Both are treated with anti-inflammatories.

If your pain persists I would recommend you follow up with your doctor.

Best wishes.

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