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Experience:  20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.
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Sharp pain in left side of back. Esp when breathing, No

Customer Question

Sharp pain in left side of back. Esp when breathing
JA: Have you had any recent injuries? What seems to make the pain better or worse?
Customer: No injuries light massage this afternoon which never really hurt lol
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: MVP heart condition not sure if related
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Medical
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I was just standing in cold field and suddenly started to get this cramp which progresses to sharp pain
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 1 month ago.

Hello I'm Dr Chip

Any cough or shortness of breath?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
No cough. Alittle uncomfortable when I take deep breath
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 1 month ago.

Where exactly is the pain located?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Side left back
Customer: replied 1 month ago.
By rib cage
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 1 month ago.

Have you ever had anything like this before?

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
No just started an hour ago while on the football field watching my kids. Thought was a muscle spasm. Put some tiger balm ointment now hoping it's just that. The fact that if was intensified by breathing scares me
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 1 month ago.

I understand

There are a couple of possibilities here besides a pulled muscle--

Possibly a pulmonary embolus from a deep venous thrombosis clot in a leg vein

Or a kidney stone

Since I can't examine you I have to say you need to get this checked out as soon as possible with an exam, chest x-ray, urinalysis and possibly a ct scan of the abdomen

Please let me know if you need any more information

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Should I wait it out for tonight? Go to ER
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 1 month ago.

Not an ER situation for now but you should see your doctor tomorrow

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
Embolusbis a heart issue should I go see my cardiologist
Expert:  Dr Chip (M.D.) replied 1 month ago.

No a pulmonary embolus is not a cardiac problem--your regular doctor is fine to check this out