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I've had an aching pain in my shoulder blade. I'm coughing loads and have shortness of breath, I do have symptoms of flu. I do smoke and i'm only 21, could you help me please?

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The Answer

You could have developed pain or aching in the shoulder as a result of the flu or from lots of coughing. As you are also feeling short of breath you may have a chest infection. A chest infection can sometimes cause chest pain or shoulder pain (pleurisy).

You need to be examined by a doctor as a matter of urgency. The doctor can listen to your chest and decide if you need antibiotics or not. Do not delay in getting some urgent medical attention and get well soon. 

Hopefully this will help encourage you to stop smoking, because smokers are much more likely to get regular chest infections.
Answered by Dr Emmajane Down.


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