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A 31-year-old female asked:

I went to the er and had a chest x-ray done. the doctor said i have mild bronchitis and gave me albuterol tx. does bronchitis cause upper back pain like a burning pain?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Possibly: The pain may be from the frequent cough, which tires respiratory muscles & may cause pain. Was the pain present before u used the albuterol? With bronchitis, the large airways are inflamed, which may be the burning pain u feel. An NSAID (advil/motrin/aleve/etc) can help calm both pain & inflammation.
Dr. Mark Moran
Pain Management 20 years experience
Sometimes: Excessive coughing as with bronchitis can cause upper back pain, irritation of joints , even disc bulges. Complete med, monitor for increasing symptoms, and f/u.

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