Q. I have a left-sided chest pain and shortness of breath. Is this something serious?

Answered by
Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Aug 22, 2017

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 killers but, I am not convinced it is a muscle strain nor could they tell of an infection. They did put me on Morphine. My X-ray and ECG are fine. I still think there is something wrong. I am short of breath and my left shoulder feels achy. My blood work is fine and so are my oxygen levels. So, what could be the cause of my shoulder pain, shortness of breath, left side pain, abdominal pain, and nausea?

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

General Medicine Internal Medicine Rheumatology
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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.
  • The pain from the heart is of a continuous type and associated with sweating and a feeling of doom.
  • If your ECG and chest X-ray is normal, that means the pain is from a muscle, bone or joint which should settle with pain killers. 

Regards.

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