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Red patch, pain in the left side of thoracic cage. Solution?

Hi , I am 43 year old man. I felt a couple of days ago a pain on the left side of the thoracic cage , when I breathe it does not hurt.the pain is specifically to the left side and I need to pitch for the paint subside, I have been applying an anti inflammatory but the pain is still there. Today when looking at it in the morning I saw that there was a red patch acpuple of centimeters away fro the thoracic cage sone sort of exam with inflammation and pain.what should I do
Asked On : Sun, 13 Jan 2013
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thank you for your query

chest pain on the left side can be due to numerous reasons.
a few of them are-

1.angina or cardiac pain
2. Chest muscle injury
3. muscle spasm due to excercise
4. Peptic ulcer disease
5. Pain from the digestive tract, such as esophageal reflux
6.gas due to constipation.
7.referred pain from abdomen due to irritation of phrenic nerve and diaphgram
8.accelerated hypertension.

the red patch can be due to the bruising that develops after few days of injury.
i would advise you to start with muscle relaxants and hot compresses.
also get your B.P'll help you to narrow down the cause.

till then-
1.don't strain much
2.have regular food and sleep schedule
3.drink lots of water

thanking you,
wishing you good health
Answered: Wed, 24 Jul 2013
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