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Intermittent difficulty in deep breath

Hi,

I experienced this problem about 3 weeks ago and it just happened without prior symptoms.  Sometimes, I feel like I need to take a deep breath and when I try to do it, it feels like that the air intake is only partial.  When I try it for the 2nd time, then it is alright.  I have chronic muscle pain at mid-back close to the right of the spine.  I can breathe normal (including deep breath) when I am lying on the bed.  Sometimes, when the deep breath is unsuccessful, I sometimes feel a slight pain on the top right chest just underneath the collar bone.  The deep breath problem doesn't happen all the time.  When I am very consicous and tell myself that I need to take a deep breath, then the problem will happen.  I don't think I am short of breath as I feel OK when I am exercising.  I discussed the problem with my family doctor and just did an X-ray a week ago.  The result came back normal.  May I ask if this can be symptoms of lung cancer?  I am very worried.  I asked my family doctor if there is any further test to be done and he ordered a pulmonary test for me that is to be scheduled soon.  Can someone please shed some light on this or share similar experience with me?  Thank you so much.

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I dont think it is lung cancer and let me tell you why. Of course lung cancer could cause such symptoms as diffuculties breathing but in order for it to cause such pressure on the lung or muscles of the lung it needs to have grown quite a bit. A lump of that size would of course be noticed on a X-ray. An other reason is that I myself had problems like this five years ago and the doctors then said its due to anxiety but i didn't really buy it. I just think that I focus too much on it.

Hope this is helpful and that you feel better soon.
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May I ask how did you get rid of the problem?  I felt OK for the last couple days and I started to have the same feeling again today.  Does the lung stretch as far as the top of the chest underneath the collar bone i.e. top right of the right breast?  Thanks for your help.  I just want to share the experience with someone who had that before.  BTW.  I've asked the doctor to order a CT scan just to be sure.  Thanks again.
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Well it went away by itself, I decided to rest and try not to focus on it that much. If it will calm your worries you do a CT and yes you are right it goes underneath the collar bone.

Take care.
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Hi,

Just got the CT scan result back.  A 7mmx4mm ground glass opacity is identified in the anterior segment of the left upper lobe.  Everything else looks normal.  Conclusion is that it is of uncertain clinical significance and another CT scan is recommended in 6 months time is recommended to reassess the findings.  I'm really worried.  Does that sound symptoms of cancer?  The finding is on the left lung which I didn't have any problem (the right side is where I felt the pain but it went away now).  Is there anything I can do right now as 6 months time may cause a lot to change if it is cancerous?  Any advice is very much appreciated.
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