• Bonnielou Bonnielou
    June 25, 2010
    Sudden severe pain in shoulder
    Bonnielou Bonnielou
    June 25, 2010

    I am having sharp pain as if stabbed in my upper right shoulder. It's very hard to take a deep breath because of the pain. My mouth is tingling and when I do breathe deeply, I get light headed. What should I do?



  • MonicaRD
    Health Pro
    June 28, 2010
    Health Pro
    June 28, 2010

    Hi Bonnielou,

    If you have not already done so, I encourage you to go to the emergency room. What you're describing can be a symptom of a heart attack or stroke. Any time you have pain like that - particularly if it interferes with your ability to breathe or makes you feel lightheaded - you need to seek medical care immediately. Not all heart attacks are the dramatic, chest-clutching-and-collapse we see on television. They can come on more quietly (especially in women) and yet do the same around of damage. Here are some links:

    Symptoms of a heart attack and stroke

    Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

    Chest Pain (overview)


    Best of luck,
    Monica M. Skidmore, MS, RD


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