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Hi I just got out of the emergency room 2 days ago. I went for aching in my right lung or chest. Xray saw no spots, blood work showed no clots, ekg showed no heart irregularities. My lung still hurts when I do too much activity. The low dull pain comes and goes and has for 4 days. I am not wheezing short of breath or coughing. Any ideas? The doctors in ER were looking more at the heart but its my lung that has the pain.

I am a 57 year old woman who walks every day and is in perfect health. Blood pressure 117/57. I quit smoking for 1 1/2 years and started again last month. I have now quit again due to the problem. I refuse to smoke again...This is scary!
Thanks, Laura
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replied April 10th, 2011
Since I cannot examine you or your test results, I am afraid that I won't be able to specifically answer your questions. In general, however, even if you had a lung cancer that was too small to show up on a chest x-ray, such a tiny tumor would be unlikely to cause you any significant "lung pain." That being said, in view of your smoking history, it might be prudent to obtain a CT scan of the chest. (If you are actually having chest wall pain, then a "rib series" x-ray, and possibly a bone scan, might also be indicated.)

I hope that you have quit smoking for good, now.


Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

Author, "A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race"

A landmark, evidence-based guide to a healthy cancer-prevention lifestyle, based on cutting-edge cancer research.
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replied November 24th, 2012
lung pain

I also have an ache in my chest, related to breathing, but not short of breath. I too was sent to a heart specialist who felt my pulse.

I believe some doctors don't know the difference between a Lung and a heart.

This false diagnosis, and lack of professional skill must cost a lot of time and money.

Sorry this hasn't helped. I think I may have lung infection that will probably go away by itself. I don't feel like having another chest x-ray and blood pressure test though, at the cost of the tax payer.

Notice that the doctor above says 'Lung Pain' in brackets as if it is not possible to feel your lungs. Well ultimately all pain is in the brain and we don't really feel 'pain' in our 'body'.

Condescension aside. Our chest hurts when we breath. It is a dull pain. It is our lungs. Not our heart.
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