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What causes pain in chest radiating to back on left side?

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Posted on Fri, 20 May 2016
Question: I have a concern about pains around my heart and extends to the upper part of my back on the left side. It's like my muscles seems to be sore in the area. It hurts when i sneeze, cough or move in a certain posItion. My Mon passed with COPD 4 years ago. I now have asthma , use to have as a child growing up. Should I be concerned with the soreness near my heart? It has been 4 days with this condition.
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (42 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Possibility of musculoskeletal pain is more.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on Health Care Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Your pain is associated with movements, so possibility of musculoskeletal pain is more.
But since it is left sided chest pain and you are having asthma, we should definitely rule out heart diseases and lung infection first.
So get your ECG and 2D echo to rule out cardiac causes of chest pain.
Get your chest x ray done to rule lung infection as a cause for your chest pain.
If all these are normal then no need to worry for major heart or lung related diseases.
Simple musculoskeletal pain can cause similar symptoms.
So do following things for better symptomatic relief.
1. Avoid heavy weight lifting and strenuous exercise.
2. Avoid movements causing pain.
3. Avoid bad postures in sleep.
4. Take pain killer and muscle relaxant drugs.
5. Apply warm water pad on affected areas.
You will mostly improve with all these in 1-2 weeks.
But better to first rule out heart and lung related causes.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
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What causes pain in chest radiating to back on left side?

Brief Answer: Possibility of musculoskeletal pain is more. Detailed Answer: Thanks for your question on Health Care Magic. I can understand your concern. Your pain is associated with movements, so possibility of musculoskeletal pain is more. But since it is left sided chest pain and you are having asthma, we should definitely rule out heart diseases and lung infection first. So get your ECG and 2D echo to rule out cardiac causes of chest pain. Get your chest x ray done to rule lung infection as a cause for your chest pain. If all these are normal then no need to worry for major heart or lung related diseases. Simple musculoskeletal pain can cause similar symptoms. So do following things for better symptomatic relief. 1. Avoid heavy weight lifting and strenuous exercise. 2. Avoid movements causing pain. 3. Avoid bad postures in sleep. 4. Take pain killer and muscle relaxant drugs. 5. Apply warm water pad on affected areas. You will mostly improve with all these in 1-2 weeks. But better to first rule out heart and lung related causes. Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.