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I️ has sudden severe shoulder pain that is worse when I️

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I️ has sudden severe...

I️ has sudden severe shoulder pain that is worse when I️ take a deep breath. The pain went from a 10 to 6 but deep breaths aggrieve it

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you had the pain? What seems to make the pain better or worse?

Came on suddenly about 20 minutes ago

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 8 months ago
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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 8 months ago

What is your age and gender?

Any unaccustomed activity related to shoulder or neck in last 2-3 days?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
38 and no-‘I do sleep a bit wild
Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 8 months ago

Are your shoulder and neck movements painful?

Any chest pain, sweating or pain in arm?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
This was sudden and severe. Now deep breaths make it almost unbearable
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
No chest pain now only when the original pain hit it was horrible in left shoulder blade and taking a deep breathe felt unbearable. No arm pain
Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 8 months ago

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Ok thank you
Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 8 months ago

This can be costochondritis or pleurisy.

You may take Motrin.

Local analgesic cream/spray and warm compresses may also help you.

But this pain warrants a chest x-ray and EKG. So it is recommended to go to a walk in clinic / urgent care clinic. Or you may go to ER.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
even if the pain is tolerable now I️ should still go to Er? No walk in clinics open now.
Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 8 months ago

See if Motrin takes away pain completely. You may wait and if the pain recurs than go to ER. If you have any of the following risk factors, going to ER is advised:

  • A previous heart attack or stroke.

  • Cigarette smoker.

  • A family history of heart disease.

  • Elevated total and LDL cholesterol levels.

  • Low HDL level.

  • High blood pressure.

  • Uncontrolled diabetes or high blood pressure.

  • Physical inactivity.

  • Obesity or being overweight.

  • Raised high sensitivity CRP (hsCRP)

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Thank you
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