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Are pain in the chest and shoulder in a 22-year-old woman symptoms of an underlying disease?

I m a 22 year old female and I m having some chest pain on the front right side of my body. It s been hurting for a few days now, but today it s really painful, and hurts more when I take deep breaths. Originally I had been trying to breath lightly, but today there d be times that I d hold my breath to relieve the pain. The pain is no longer localised in the chest, but in my right shoulder as well. What could it possibly be? Should I visit a hospital?
Tue, 1 Oct 2019
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Hello,

From the available description, there is the possibility of pleuritis or lung infection (infection of structures below the chest and shoulder). Since there is breathlessness increasing over a period of time I feel visiting a doctor should be the first choice rather than waiting.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Ashok Kumar, Psychiatrist
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