Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
131 Doctors are Online

Breast pain, intensifies when blowing nose or coughing. What could it be?

I suddenly had shooting pains around my right breast through to my upper right shoulder/back the other night. It instensifies when I blow my nose or cough . It is hard to find a comfortable position to sleep in. I saw my GP and she felt around says my organs seem fine. What else could it be? I ve had these pains for 2 days now.
Asked On : Sat, 3 Nov 2012
Answers:  1 Views:  333
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Lab Tests
General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello. I'm sorry you're uncomfortable. The type of pain you've described here is suggestive of pleurisy, which is caused by inflammation of the membranes surrounding your lungs and lining your chest cavity. Pleurisy can stem from a variety of causes, including viral infections, bacterial pneumonia, chest wall injuries or pulmonary emboli (blood clots in the lung).
Other possible causes of such pain include gallbladder disease (the pain due to an inflamed gallbladder frequently "refers" to the right chest), intercostal neuralgia (irritation of one or more of the nerves between your ribs), rib pathology (tumor, fracture, etc.) or costochondritis (inflammation in the joints between your ribs and sternum).
Since your doctor examined you, I presume she didn't find any evidence of gallbladder disease. However, further investigation -- including gallbladder ultrasound, chest x-ray and possibly chest CT -- may be needed to diagnose your problem. I suggest you return to your physician to discuss the next step in your evaluation.
I hope that helps, and I hope you feel better soon!
Answered: Sun, 4 Nov 2012
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor