Left Sided Chest Pain

Left-sided chest pain associated with shortness of breath, tightness of chest, sweating, radiating pain in the left hand, shoulder, and neck may indicate a heart attack. Other causes of left-sided chest pain include heartburn or acid reflux, shingles, pneumonia, other respiratory infections, anxiety attack, and pericarditis. Immediate medical attention is required to rule out a heart attack.

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Shortness of breath and chest pain after breathing in steam

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26 year old male weighing in 185 and 5'9". I do not take any medications. I am worried if I am at risk of any complications after having breathed in some steam/air at about 350 F. I was covering a pot roast I had just taken out of the oven when I accidentally took a breath of it...  Read Full »


Dr. Ritesh Kumar Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on the history, at times, though not very common, steam/air inhalation can cause inflammation of the airway leading to respiratory symptoms and even pulmonary edema. So, keep an eye on the following symptoms : If you develop hoarseness of voice, wheezing, strido...  Read Full »

I am still tired one week after an episode of left-sided chest pain. Do I need few more tests?

Query: Hi doctor,Last week at 4 am, I had an ache and pain on the left side of my chest. My whole body was shivering. I waited for 30 to 40 minutes and then went to the hospital. The doctor did a checkup, and all the reports came back normal. The ache lasted the whole day, and by evening the pain subsided ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your ECG is not normal. There are significant Q waves in the left precordial leads and inferior leads, which can be an indicator of a heart attack. I suggest doing a 2D echo test to rule o...  Read Full »

I am 20 years old, and I have on and off sharp stabbing pain in my left chest for three years. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 20 years old, and my height is 1.7 m. I am having sharp stabbing pain in my left chest, which has been there for about three years. The pain comes and goes. Currently, I take NSAIDs to relieve pain.  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Such stabbing pain is rarely cardiac, especially in youngsters. Most probably, this pain is psychogenic. Another common causes are precordial catch, in which sudden sharp localized chest pain occurs while breathing in and lasts for a few minutes at most. Costochondriti...  Read Full »

What are the reason for persistent chest pain, shortness of breath, and upper back pain?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a potential blood clot but, a chest CT came back clear. I still have chest pain and upper back pain as well as shortness of breath. What could this be? They said it was potentially a muscular or skeletal pain but, I get pain on the left side especially. They suggested pain killer...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post. Any chest pain that increases with body movements such as coughing, sneezing, or picking up an object is not from the heart and is usually from the muscles surrounding the chest wall or sometimes the outer covering of the lung called pleura. ...  Read Full »

Is left-sided problem always due to a cardiac problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I am getting severe pain on the left side of the shoulder and chest for the past four days. Is this a cardiac problem?  Read Full »


Dr. Sugandh Garg

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Any left-sided chest pain should not be ignored. A history of lifting heavy weight, strenuous work, exercise etc., might also cause shoulder and chest pain. There are chances of pain radiating to the arm and chest due to cervical spondilosis (neck pain). Follow these si...  Read Full »

Why does my chest pain not subside even after medications?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 28-year-old male suffering from left-sided chest pain while stretching or twisting my left side chest for five days. I do not have the chest pain while breathing in or out and walking. This pain started gradually when I coughed loudly in the morning before five days. The pain feels...  Read Full »


Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It is good to see that you underwent few important tests, and they came out normal. A sudden cough could have caused pain in the chest muscles. Most probably, it is musculoskeletal pain. As you have taken Chlorzoxazone and Paracetamol, it shou...  Read Full »

Can right basal pneumonia cause pain on the left side?

Query: Hi doctor, I have right basal pneumonia. But my left side has pain. While having a cough and taking deep breaths, there is increased pain. I have started taking antibiotics. How long will it take to have some relief?   Read Full »


Dr. Thakre Mahendra Shivram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your symptoms. You are having pneumonia on the right side. Pneumonia occurs due to inflammation of the lung parenchyma. The symptoms are fever, cough with expectoration, and breathlessness. Sometimes, it can cause pleural effusion (fluid accumula...  Read Full »

Is it possible to have left-sided chest pain without cardiac cause?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 64 years old. I am a heavy drinker for 30 years and had SCA two years ago. I also had an AICD implant and on Dytor 10, Flavidon, Cordarone 200, Xeralto 15, and Xtor 10. My HR is 60, EF is 45, and LV grade 2 dysfunction with LV hypertrophy. I do cardiac exercise biking 8 km per da...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Did you ever undergo angiography or CT coronary angiography to look for the status of the vessel? Was your sudden cardiac arrest attributed to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy? Please share your echo report as well. Now regarding your pain, it does not show the character...  Read Full »

Why do I have chest pain during deep breathing?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 68 year old male. My height is 5'4" and weight is 142 lbs. I stopped smoking at the age of 38. I drink on an average of half bottle of beer a day at most. I do prepare my own food, which is mostly organic. I eat meat, egg, little dairy, vegetables, a fair amount of raw food, seeds...  Read Full »


Dr. Rishu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As your chest pain and heaviness is related to exertion (walking) a possibility that it is of cardiac origin cannot be neglected. A very important feature of stable angina is angina on exertion. The stabbing pain and dull nature, which can better be termed as chest hea...  Read Full »

Can I take bronchodilator for chest pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My problem is that I have pain in my left lung . Firstly, I will let you know the history. I cannot play any of the sports properly due to the pain. If I work hard such as playing football, running, etc., it will lead to a great pain . And, I cannot even properly cough and it never go aw...  Read Full »


Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. We are here to help you. Important here is that only pain is not a symptom of lung allergy or asthma. If that is associated with shortness of breath while doing any physical activity, then it is a sign of asthma. I would recommend a clinical examination in such case. If ...  Read Full »

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