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What causes chest pain when i raise arm?

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Dr. Shashi Dangwal


Practicing since :1979

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Posted on Mon, 11 Aug 2014 in Lung and Chest disorders
Question: On Friday I woke up in the morning and the right side of my chest hurt when I turned or raised my arm. The next day it was a little better but is very sore in the mornings. This is the third day and once again when I woke up it was very tight when I tried to stretch it out. Could this be from sleeping wrong. I do not have any other symptoms like coughing or anything. Also breathing is not a problem.
Answered by Dr. Shashi Dangwal 17 minutes later
Brief Answer:
It could be due to sleeping in the wrong posture.

Detailed Answer:


Thanks for posting your query on HCM.

Yes it does appear to be because of sleeping in the wrong posture since you have no other symptoms. It should improve soon . Meanwhile you may take a pain killer.

However, if the pain does not subside soon or increases in intensity I would suggest that you should atleast get a chest xray done to rule out any underlying pathology or consult your PCP.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Shashi Dangwal 8 minutes later
How much time should i give it. Friday morning was the worse it felt but it was still a little sore the last couple of days. As the day wears on it gets less noticeable but i still feel it when i turn a certain way. For some reason i was worried it was a tumor, i tend to be a hypochondriac.
Answered by Dr. Shashi Dangwal 31 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Wait foe a week.

Detailed Answer:

It does not look like tumour.

It is most likely because of sleeping posture.

Wait for a week and if still persisting then do as said.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar

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