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Posted on Tue, 31 May 2016 in Lung and Chest disorders
Question: My 13 1/2 year old son is complaining of a pain on his left side like above the waist under the armpit. He felt it tonight when laying down and also said it hurts when he breathes. He doesn't remember hurting this area so now he is worried and he is making me nervous worrying too. Could it be like a cancer or something? He has not lost weight, no fevers, no fatigue, and still,has an appetite.
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 30 minutes later
Brief Answer:
No need to worry for lung cancer.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
No need to worry for lung cancer.
Lung cancer is extremely unlikely in 13 1/2 year old child.
So no need to worry for lung cancer.
Possibility of musculoskeletal pain is more.
But better to rule out lung pathology by doing chest x ray.
If chest x ray is normal then no need to worry for any major illness.
Give him painkiller and muscle relaxant drugs.
Apply warm water pad on affected areas.
Don't worry, he will be alright.
Hope I have solved your query.
I will be happy to help you further. Wishing good health to your son. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 8 minutes later
Yeah I wasn't concerned with lung cancer, as the pain is down one side, I was more worried like a bone, colon, liver, spleen type cancer. I know it's not common in boys his age but when he worries he makes me worry. Would other symptoms show up if it was cancer?
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar 6 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Yes, other symptoms like weight loss, fever, anorexia will appear in cancer

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Yes, if it is due to cancer then other symptoms like fever, weight loss, anorexia, low appetite will appear.
Since he is not having any of these symptoms, no need to worry for cancer.
Hope I have solved your query. If you are not having further queries, then please close the conversation and rate my answer.
You can ask me directly on bit.ly/askdrkaushalbhavsar.
Wishing good health to your son. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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