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Posted on Fri, 3 Jun 2016 in Pain Management
Question: sharp intermitten pain, right side/flank. takes my breath away and i sometimes shout out. started couple of days ago. after initial distress, seems to just go away. YYYY@YYYY
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Answered by Dr. Matt Wachsman 9 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Tricky

Detailed Answer:

Several features of pain can be helpful in clarifying what is going on and the next steps for diagnosis and treatment.

Type of pain. Burning mostly means a nerve is having problems. This can be either a sick nerve or a nerve that has had an injury. Electrical, shooting would be others implying nerve source for pain.

Location of pain. There is a lot to this. First, if something goes in the pathway of a nerve, then that is the nerve involved. Nerves are long and the pain is in a belt-like long pathway. Smaller areas are smaller nerves. This also tends to say what might be going on. Obviously if there was an injury to the area and then there was pain outward from it "hit a nerve" would be a possibility. Sick nerves are MULTIPLE areas and tends to be the TIPS of the nerve not the whole nerve

So, it could be nerve, but it could be also the muscles and joints and tendons around the ribs or the diaphram. These can be serious.... or

they can feel more serious than they are.
This is actually a pretty common condition especially winter/spring with colds/virus infections.
http://bottomlinehealth.com/the-devils-grip-chest-pain-mystery-solved/
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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