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A 17-year-old male asked:

If you have a nerve in the neck causing upper back, and shoulder pain and when u breathe and ur muscles contract, could that cause pain in the back?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Yes: It appears that you have a nerve impingement somewhere between a nerve root or the nerve it self. A deep breath or certain movements can impinge these structures causing increased discomfort. Spurs or disk problems may be the culprit and a MRI of the midspine may reveal the cause.

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Last updated Jun 10, 2014

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