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Hi, I've noticed in the past day or two a pain in my left lung when I take in deep breaths or when I'm running or something. Its only in one lung and I'm quite frankly ******** myself. The pain is the top left of my chest.

I'm not asking for a diagnosis here, I'm going to the doctors tomorrow but I'm asking if people may have an idea what it might be or had any similar experience before?

I've been drinking on thursday and saturday night so it may have something to do with that (I got heartburn last night too) and I smoke too. I just hope it isnt too bad or something serious I've done to myself with smoking, I stopped as soon as I started feeling the pain. I'm just getting really worried now!
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BUMPPP

Anyone at all?
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Happens to me quite a bit, normally in cold weather and when I've been smoking more than usual. Just cut down a bit until it goes, thats what I do.
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How long have you smoked?

I should imagine the smoking isn't helping, but unless you have smoked heavily for a long time I shouldn't expect it's anything to be anything to worrying too much about.

As you are doing, going to the doctors is the best bet, maybe you should use this as a sign to quit smoking.
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I used to get chest pain a lot just before Christmas but i haven't had it since. Apparently chest pain is common but you can never be too sure. Go to the doctors to get it checked out since you don't want it to be anything serious.

How fit or athltically minded would you say you are?
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Yeah I am going to get checked out, maybe to the hospital for a chest scan. I dont smoke too heavily, some days 1 or 2, I have stopped now, going to get an inhalator thing tomorrow (something to keep my hands busy) and I hope all goes well really.
Gonna try having a hot bath lol, see if that helps at all.
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Do you remember injuring yourself at all?

To be honest, this doesn't worry me too much. If it's making you short of breath, or the pain is getting worse, then you need to see someone sooner, but otherwise, waiting for the doctor tomorrow will be fine - I suspect it's just muscular. It would be unlikely you've done any immediate damage to yourself with smoking at your age, but obviously it's not a good habit to have so I'd advise quitting!
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(Original post by thetopnotch)
I used to get chest pain a lot just before Christmas but i haven't had it since. Apparently chest pain is common but you can never be too sure. Go to the doctors to get it checked out since you don't want it to be anything serious.

How fit or athltically minded would you say you are?
I play football and things, so I'm not completley unfit. Its only been over the past day or two so I think it might be something to do with the amount of drinking I've done and I have smoked heavier than usual over those days, probably just need a detox if I'm honest.
Like I said, trip to the quacks cant hurt, even just for peace of mind.
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This happens to me too! Exactly the same thing, sometimes it hurts a lot. I don't smoke or anything, but I think it might just be heartburn.
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Incredible coincidence.

I experienced something very similar to this a couple of weeks ago - although im not too certain that it was actually a lung problem. The pain came when i breathed, but have you considered that it may be related to the expansion of your chest rather than being your lung directly? It may be added pressure on your heart or some such. Whilst i was experiencing mine, at night in silence i could hear my heart making "click" sounds. I, too, was absoloutely ******** myself. I called the doctor, expecting that he would advise going to hospital immediatelly, rather he made an appointment for a visit in 3 days. Which surprised me.

By that date the pain had gone, so i couldnt muster the motivation to go to the appointment. However - yesterday the pain returned with a vengeance, on the other side of my chest, it has worsened, and brings with it an added pain in my lower/right back. And, now after walking for more than a minute or so, with every step i feel excruciating pain in my side/back. I'm making another appointment tomorrow.

So - i advise getting it checked out very soon.

(P.S. - I dont drink, but do smoke)
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Are you sure it's your lung? You may have sprained your rib; a similar thing happened to me a few weeks ago. I just took it easy for a few days and it went away by itself, but I panicked too.
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Maybe just a muscular problem, but there is also the possibility of it being one of the symptoms of spontaneous pneumothorax, which shouldn't be taken lightly. Are you tall and thin for your age by any chance? Hopefully it's nothing serious though.
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I'm have no medical or biological knowledge what so ever so whenever something happens I always panic and think the worse. As usual I'm probably just over reacting.

The pain is as I breath in, so it could be a rib problem or muscle, I really aint sure, the doctor will tell me tomorrow, like I said I was just asking if anyone had any similar experiences and they have and they've all worked out fine, re assured me a little bit.
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I had this last month, turned out to be a viral infection. No other symptoms, didn't feel groggy or cough at all so I was surprised. It could be anything, just try not to exert yourself until the doctor has examined you
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(Original post by Eru Lawliet)
Maybe just a muscular problem, but there is also the possibility of it being one of the symptoms of spontaneous pneumothorax, which shouldn't be taken lightly. Are you tall and thin for your age by any chance? Hopefully it's nothing serious though.
No I'm 5ft 8/9 ( cant remember lol) and quite wide. I did look into that like, that does seem worrying, what does it actually mean tho?
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Get it checked out, i got a spontaneous pneumothorax this way. (collapsed lung).
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No I'm 5ft 8/9 ( cant remember lol) and quite wide. I did look into that like, that does seem worrying, what does it actually mean tho?
basically it's due to accumulation of air in your lungs, which can cause you to black out due to lack of oxygen intake which is potentially fatal if treatment if not administered immediately. It's a recurring condition, I have a friend who just had a 5th relapse recently despite undergoing surgery a year ago.
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hmm this happened to me a few times, just a sharp stabbing pain and then i couldnt breathe well for a while, doctor said ive probably trapped a muscle

i also had something similar when (i think) i cracked a rib, not too sure if it actually was cracked though
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(Original post by Eru Lawliet)
basically it's due to accumulation of air in your lungs, which can cause you to black out due to lack of oxygen intake which is potentially fatal if treatment if not administered immediately. It's a recurring condition, I have a friend who just had a 5th relapse recently despite undergoing surgery a year ago.
Sort of but not quite. A pneumothorax is when there is a defect in the wall of the lung, allowing air to leak into the chest cavity itself. This can be fairly benign, if it's small and doesn't expand, or can turn into a tension pneumothorax, where the pressure of the air in the chest cavity prevents the lung itself from expanding, puts pressure on the heart etc, which can be fatal. The OP would know if he had one of them and would NOT be on TSR.

OP, if you are not having difficulty breathing, I would not worry too much about this pain.
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I had never heard of pneumothorax 'till now. Considering my previous post, coupled with me being very skinny, and wikepedia, now i am really pooping my pants. Hmm. Fun.

"Sudden shortness of breath, dry coughs, cyanosis (turning blue) and pain felt in the chest. . ."

Not sure if i've turned blue, but otherwise. . .
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