Painful respirations may be an indicator of a serious underlying medical problem requiring prompt medical intervention. For any unexplained chest pain or if there is difficulty breathing immediate medial attention is generally required. If painful respirations accompany a known chronic illness, such as asthma or COPD, which is otherwise well controlled, the pain may be controlled with over-the-counter analgesics. Discuss painful respirations with your doctor if you have a chronic illness that results in occasional bouts of painful breathing.
A complete history and physical by a qualified provider to assess and treat any underlying condition will be needed to determine the cause of painful respirations. Additional diagnostic studies may include chest x-rays or CT scan. Treatment will depend on the findings.
Call your provider :
Immediately for any unexplained chest pain or new (or increasing) breathing difficulties.
For any sudden onset of painful respirations or chest pain, especially if accompanied by: