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A 31-year-old male asked:

Chest ct clr in jan, chest pain on touch in ribs symtricly opposite ~4mnths, back pain with bending neck frwrd~10mnths smoker, lung cancer?

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Dr. Doyle Huey
Specializes in Family Medicine
Chest pain: The chance of lung cancer is lower with a normal ct but not impossible so you need to pursue this. That being said however, this could be related to your back (arthritis or disc problems) or the joints or your ribs (arthritis or spurs from arthritis). Follow up with your doctor.
Dr. Adam Lewis
Neurosurgery 35 years experience
Neck/back pain: Lung cancer is unlikely. The symptoms are more likely due to muscle/tendon strain or a disc herniation in the neck or mid back area. Smoking dries out the tissues and can accelerate arthritis. Smoking slows healing from muscle strains and tears too. See a neurosurgeon to evaluate the pain and see your medical doctor to work on a program to quit smoking.

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