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Chest pain when taking deep breath

Hi! Help!

For the past month or so, I have experienced minor pain in my chest when I inhale very deeply. The pain only starts at the end of the breath, not at the very beginning (i.e. when my lungs are pretty filled up). However, I function normally, I am a regular jogger, and only occasionally use a rescue inhaler (I do have fairly mild exercise and allergy - induced asthma). I am a 24 y/o female. I was a smoker until last September, at which point I quit completely.  My seasonal allergies were especially bad this past month (really bad allergy season up here in Boston). Should I be concerned about this lung pain, or should I just chalk it up to allergy irritation, or something else?

Thanks!
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Pain like this can be from the lungs, muscles or nerves along the outside of the lung.  If it is persistent and is a problem, it may be a good idea to see your doctor.  A thorough examination may give the answer.  A chest x-ray might be needed, as well.
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I am not a doctor, but i had the same problem once and it also hurt in my upper back too. But I had a pulled muscle, you might have that checked out at first the dr. thought i had what they call plearisy ( not sure about the spelling) It is when you have a friction rub in your your lungs upon deep breath, he said it usually happens prior to pneumonia or tb or some sort of lung infection, and said it usually last a few days to a few weeks...but mine was about 3 months, and ended up just being a pulled muscle and was location in my upper back and had to have a trigger point injection, (it also hurt some in the front too, but you may check it out for both.
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I had a very similar experience.. about six months ago I started having chest pains only at the very end of inhaling.. after several appointments and xrays etc we discovered that I have asthma, and emphysema.. my doctor didn't hear anything abnormal when listening to my breathing, and I had no other symptoms.. so I would suggest you get that checked out (I thought it was just anxiety and who know what kind of trouble I would be in now if I hadn't looked into it.
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At 24 you do not have emphysema, you do however need to stop smoking, they do not agree with you if you are having these problems at such a young age.

Keep up the excersise too, this will pass.

Eros.
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I've also been experiencing the same symptoms as you. I had a pretty bad cough that lasted for about 3 weeks but now has fully subsided, still have nasal congestion and the pain on the left side of my chest.It's not difficult to breathe when i exercise or sleep, just when i touch it or breathe deeply. I went to the doctors a few days ago, and he told me i pulled my muscle pretty badly, probably by coughing so much or (I've also been doing weight training). He told me to rest and stretch a bit. Also ibuprofen helps with the inflammation.
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I've also been experiencing the same symptoms as you. I had a pretty bad cough that lasted for about 3 weeks but now has fully subsided, still have nasal congestion and the pain on the left side of my chest.It's not difficult to breathe when i exercise or sleep, just when i touch it or breathe deeply. I went to the doctors a few days ago, and he told me i pulled my muscle pretty badly, probably by coughing so much or (I've also been doing weight training). He told me to rest and stretch a bit. Also ibuprofen helps with the inflammation.
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