CSN Login
Members Online: 7

You are here

Pain in left side of my chest below my rib cage

Posts: 1
Joined: Mar 2012

I'm a smoker and I can't visit a doctor this month. In late December I started to get a pain in left side of my chest below my rib cage. The pain get more severe at the top and bottom of each breath. On a scale of 1-5 the pain being a constant 2-3 with a 4 at the top of each breath. I was short of breath and could only sleep on right side of my body. Any attempt to try to take a full breath the pain would literally stop me from completing the breath and I would feel a sharp pain.
Can this pain be a symptom of cancer? What is the most probable cause? I read about lung cancer, precordial catch syndrome, angina.

lung cancer
pain in left side
chest pain left side

Ex_Rock_n_Roller's picture
Posts: 281
Joined: Mar 2011

If that means all of March, I would say it's really a bad idea to wait that long. What you're describing could be anything or nothing, and nobody here is about to diagnose it. You've got a whole lot of important stuff on the left side of your body. Even if it correlates with breathing, I wouldn't say it's necessarily your lungs. An inflated lung can exert pressure on other structures even if there's nothing wrong with the lung. But it certainly could be a lung problem, also.

Since you're describing a constant level of pain that gets worse with breathing, you really need to get looked at.

Subscribe to Comments for "Pain in left side of my chest below my rib cage"