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When did this pain start? So you have shortness of breath? Do you have a rapid pulse? Any swelling of the legs?
Does it hurt to take a deep breath?
The pain distribution could be due to the lung ...as most serious possibility a blood cloth to lung may cause pain in side to chest ...if this is possible then you should go right away to ER for evaluation and treatment...
Have you had recent cough or cold symptoms? The pain could be due to inflammation of the lining between lung and chest wall...pleuritis...this may respond to an anti-inflammatory medicine ...Aleve 1 to w tablets twice a day with food
pneumonia could be a cause as the infection of the lung may hurt. you would likely have fever with this. shortness of breath as well..
Shingles may be a cause. this may wrap from back to front. watch for rash. skin may be very sensitive to touch. Early diagnosis and treatment would be very helpful if shingles .Early treatment may help you to avoid prolonged pain such as you had a burn injury...post herpetic neuralgia...
if uncertain then just play it safe and go to ER ...certain causes of this pain could be fatal such as pulmonary embolism. So it is not a trivial symptom at all...
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Anthony Bray MD