What should I do if my left chest hurts when I breathe?

Left-sided chest pain can be due to a heart attack or other life-threatening condition for which every minute matters. Call your local emergency services if you or someone near you has unexplained left-sided or center chest pain along with: feeling of pressure or tightening of the chest.

Why does it hurt on one side of my chest when I breathe?

Pleurisy occurs when the membrane lining the inner side of your chest cavity, known as the pleura, becomes inflamed. This can cause pain on either side of your chest when you breathe in and out, as well as pain in your shoulders and back. Symptoms include: chest pain that gets worse with coughing, sneezing, or laughing.

What causes chest pain when taking deep breath?

Cause of stress and anxiety. The cause of stress and anxiety is a disorder in the system of the body.

  • Muscle strain symptoms. It is one of the most common causes due to trauma or overuse of muscle strain on either side of your chest.
  • Trauma to the chest.
  • Symptoms of Indigestion.
  • Acid reflux symptoms.
  • What causes chest pain when inhaling?

    Chest pain when breathing in may be caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease. This condition occurs when the “juices” from your stomach rise up to the mouth. In addition to chest pain, you may experience pain while inhaling. Another obvious cause of chest pain is a bruise or a broken rib.

    What causes a sudden, sharp pain in the chest?

    Heart attack. Image credit: Catherine McQueen/Getty Images.

  • Heartburn. Heartburn is chest pain that occurs when stomach acid leaks out of the stomach and back up into the esophagus (food pipe).
  • Pericarditis.
  • Angina.
  • Precordial catch syndrome.
  • Panic attacks.
  • Strains and fractures.
  • Pleuritis.
  • Prevention.
  • When to see a doctor.
  • What are the most common causes of upper chest pain?

    Lung Problems. Also known as pleurisy,this is an inflammation or irritation of the lining of the lungs and chest.

  • Gastrointestinal Problems. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • Bone,Muscle,or Nerve Problems.
  • Other Potential Causes of Chest Pain.
  • When to See the Doctor for Chest Pain.