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Respiratory tests to determine cause for inflammation

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I have been having pain in my collarbone area which radiates all the way up to my jaw and down to my elbow on my left side. Sometimes it feels throbbing, tender, inflammed, and eveny like a pinching sometimes. I had an xray and all looked good, doctor told me to start stretching but it has yet to help. I just had a bad cough recenlty and some really clear thick mucus associated with it. I have woken up a couple of nights gasping for air because the mucus is blocking my airway, it has gotten better but still sometimes i will be in the middle of talking and then its like some mucus or something comes in my throat and completely shuts my voice off. While I was coughing my collarbone and neck had quit hurting, but now my cough is gone and the mucus is still bothering me, and now my neck and collarbone area is hurting again. Any thoughts or suggestions??????

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replied February 10th, 2009
Lungs and Respiratory Disorders Answer A5742

According to the information you supplied, the collarbone pain and the mucus in the airways might be unrelated to each other. Data about when the pain first appeared, and how long the mucus had been causing problems might have been helpful. The pain might be due inflammation because of muscle overstretching. You might want to try over-the-counter anti-inflammatory creams.

As for the problem with the mucus, you might want to visit a specialist in internal diseases who will do respiratory tests. The tests will show whether an inflammation is still present and if the inflammation is allergy based. If so, adequate treatment will be recommended.

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