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Forum Name: Miscellaneous Chest Diseases

Question: stabbing pain left chest when I breath

 bobk - Sun Mar 09, 2008 4:06 pm

Hi , I am having a stabbing pain on the left side of my chest when i breath. I do smoke cigarettes but i never had this problem before. could you please trry to help me out with an answer for this
 Dr. A. Madia - Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:46 am

User avatar Hi,

Stabbing pain in chest which increases on breathing is either a pain from the rib cage [bone] or the muscles of the chest wall. It can also be from the Pleura [membrane covering your lungs].

With your history of smoking it is imperative that one rules out the Pleural causes like Pleural effusion, Pleurisy, Pneumonia, etc.

You should in my opinion see a doctor and get some investigations like basic blood work, a chest X ray if she thinks it to be in order.


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