Causes Of Left Chest Pain When Breathing And Coughing?

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I want to ask a question, I often feel pain on the left side of my chest when I breathe when I cough and when I laugh. What exactly am I experiencing? Is it dangerous or not?

1 Answer:

Hi Alfira,

Thanks for the question. The chest pain you feel at the time you mentioned above may be a symptom of pleurisy. Pleurisy is inflammation of the lining of the lungs (pleura). The lungs are covered by two layers of pleura, one is attached to the lungs and the other is attached to the chest cavity. In between these two membranes there is a cavity that contains a small amount of fluid that serves to prevent the friction of these two membranes so that when breathing does not cause pain. In pleurisy, this membrane becomes inflamed and swells then the fluid inside it becomes more sticky so that when the patient inhales, coughs or sneezes, the two pleura rub together and cause chest pain.

Pleurisy can be caused by several of these conditions:

viral infection pneumonia bronchitis tuberculosis injury to the chest wall pulmonary embolism, or blockage of blood vessels in the lungs diseases involving the immune system (autoimmune disease) such as lupus If these complaints occur repeatedly and have not improved, do not hesitate to consult see a doctor for further examination and treatment. Doctors need to conduct an examination to find the cause of pleurisy so that it can be treated immediately. Treatment depends on the underlying disease condition. Temporarily, if the pain worsens, you can take paracetamol or ibuprofen.

I hope this helps.

Dr. Aloisia

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