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Having pain in breast and shoulder blade while breathing. What should be done?

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Hi I have a pain between the top left part of my breast and shoulder blade,only occurs when I breath in. Doesn't appear inflamed from outside. Am a smoker.pain started earlier this evening. On left side. Deeper the breath more painful like stabbing but not unbearable. No other symptoms.
Posted Fri, 7 Dec 2012 in General Health
Answered by Dr. Praveen Tayal 1 hour later
Thanks for posting your query.
The pain in the chest associated with XXXXXXX breathing is likely to be due to an inflammation of the pleura or the lung tissue- pleuritis or pneumonitis. It is more commonly seen among smokers.
Usually it is a viral infection and it subsides gradually over next 4-5 days. You can stop smoking and start having a steam inhalation with menthol crystals thrice daily.
In case the symptoms are persistent, then systemic antibiotics and steroid inhalers and bronchodilators will be helpful after consulting your physician.
I hope this answers your query.
In case you have additional questions or doubts, you can forward them to me, and I shall be glad to help you out.
Please accept my answer in case you do not have further queries.
Wishing you good health.
Dr. Praveen Tayal.
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