A 35-year-old female asked:
Only right after smoking i get horrible upper back pain than it goes away after awhile until the next cigg. i'm quitting. but why is this happening. s?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Not sure of this: unusual symptom, but when you are dragging on a cigarette I would imagine you would have to use your lung/ mediastinal muscles. A blood clot in the lungs could cause pain when you take deep breaths. GO see your doctor. Or muscle injury (intercostal muscle between the ribs). But congratulations on quitting smoking since you have taken the biggest step to have a healthier life ahead of you.
2.2k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Oct 7, 2015
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.