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Question by  calweb (16)

What could cause the symptoms of having a sharp pain on the left side when breathing?

Ever time I take a deep breath I get a sharp pain on my left side, or flank, it is not a stabbing pain but it is there.


Answer by  dougd225 (58)

This could be a bruised lung or a fractured rib if you have had any sort of trauma recently(fall, bump, etc). If it is a deeper pain, then it could be some sort of bronchial infection. If the pain has been there for a while, or if it continues, you should definitly see a doctor.

Reply by syra (1):
The typical symptoms of chest Pain are:
Chest “tightness,” “squeezing,” or “heaviness.” People describe this feeling as a weight or as a band being tightened around their chest. The pain is usually located on the left side of the chest above the bottom of the ribcage, but it’s often hard to define its exact location.
Shortness of breath. Sweating, nausea, and an anxious feeling.A pain in the left arm, neck and jaw.  add a comment

Answer by  rosieposey78 (1304)

The likely answer is that it's just a cramp in the muscles between your ribs. You may feel the pain when breathing in or out and then it goes away.


Answer by  Melissa101010 (4405)

You could have several different problems if you are having pains in your left side. Go to your local emergency room and get an x-ray to make sure nothing is broken.


Answer by  angiem1981 (1059)

It sounds like you have pluracy in the left lung or have pulled a muscle. However, a doctor should diagnose this as it can be caused by various things and could indicate something more.

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