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I'm a 57 year old man in pretty good shape. I have an aching

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I'm a 57 year old man in pretty good shape. I have an aching pain in the left breast. It's been going on for many months. Coughing makes it worse. I feel it mostly when I take a deep breath. If I press hard on a spot on my chest about 3 inches below the clavicle, it's sensitive. The spot is very localized.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.
Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, Experienced Specialist.
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Coughnig uses all the muscles of the ribcage.
So the muscles at the left breast area also will be affected with coughing.
Most likely you have inflammation of the rib cartilage at the area and that can get aggravated with coughing.
Now given the location, heart relatd problem also possible.
However, this causes symptoms like shortnessof breath with exertion as well.
Also any charcoal dust related inflammation of the lungs will cause persistent coughing and shortness of breath.
Yes you do need to see your doctor for EKG, chest xrays.
However, your problem is mostl ikely rib cartilage relaetd and should improve with NSAIDs like Ibuprofen 600 mg 3 times daily.
Steroid injection also at the area will be beneficial in more resistant symptoms.
Best wishes,
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