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Forum Name: Chest symptoms

Question: Sharp pain under left rib cage when breathing

 muthi9a1 - Fri Jan 27, 2006 6:42 am

i'm a 26 year old male non-smoker non-drinker. about a week ago i started experiencing some sharp pain under my left rib cage. sometimes this pain would induce another pain on my left shoulder too. the pain gets worse when it's cold and when i breath in such that it gets really painful when i try to take a full breathe in. i have never experienced this before and i have no history (personnal or family) of any chest, lung or kidney diseases. i'm not on any medication at the moment since as i said, it's only been about a week. i've never had any surgeries either. colud someone please help me and inform me what this is. i've searched online and found similar sympoms with someone else on 'the doctor's' about a year ago.

link: ... c-816.html

The doctor said he had pleurisy and prescribed piroxicam(20mg) once a day. this other person also started experiencing coughing of blood which i'm not. even after the medication, he still continued experiencing the sharp pains and the coughing.

As for me, i haven't seen a doctor yet so i don't know what mine could be. i was hoping to get an idea from here before i can determine whether i need to see a doctor or whether there are any counter medications that i can try first.
Someone please help?
 Dr. A. Madia - Fri Jan 27, 2006 8:30 am

User avatar Hi.

You have musculoskeletal chest pain meaning the pain comes either from the ribs or themuscles overlaying your chest. The typical feature is that the pain increases when you take a deep breath.

Yes, pleurisy will also cause similar pain which deteriorates with breathing but it will also be accompanied by low grade fever, loss of appetite, irritating cough, weight loss etc.

You have pucca musculoskeletal pain, a few days of Ibuprofen 600 mg 2-3 times a day plus hot fomentation of the local area will resolve the issue.

A. Madia
 muthi9a1 - Fri Jan 27, 2006 7:08 pm

Thanks for the advice doc. i'll try the ibuprofen and let you know how it goes...

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