Q. I have pain in ribs and breathing problems. Is it a sign of lung cancer?

Answered by
Dr. Anshul Varshney
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 06, 2018 and last reviewed on: Oct 09, 2018

Hi doctor,

For past four weeks, I have pain in my ribs. Also, I am experiencing breathing problems. It feels like something has stuck in the heart. For, a few days pain has been decreased. But breathing problem persists. I am also experiencing pain in my lower back. The pain is massive at night times. There is no sign of a cough. Will it be a sign of lung cancer?



Welcome to icliniq.com.

Such symptoms are seen in the following conditions:

1. Heart diseases.

2. Pneumonia or Pleural Effusion.

3. Acidity or muscular pain.

Now to be on the safer side, I would recommend you to get a Chest x-ray and ECG done. Based on the reports, we would discuss the treatment apart. I hope it helps you.

For more information consult a pulmonologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/pulmonologist

Thank you doctor,

I have taken x-ray and blood tests. I am attaching it. Could you please examine and revert back the results? I am not a smoker.



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I have evaluated your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your IgE levels are raised that favors the diagnosis of allergic bronchitis as per your symptoms. However, I could not find an ECG in the attachments. If your doctor finds that your chest is congested, he would give you antiallergic like Levocetirizine and Montelukast. He may also add up inhaler like Budamate 200 (formoterol with budesonide) Transhaler for a short course.

For more information consult a pulmonologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/pulmonologist

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