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A 31-year-old male asked:

Upper back pain, pains on touch and when i bend my neck forward, pain in shoulder too, chest ct clear, am a smoker, can this be lung cancer?

4 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Chevies Newman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Your chances: Of lung cancer at 31, with a negative chest x-ray are, well, almost non existent. It's gonna be musculoskeletal. Are you sleeping at night? Do you clinch or grind your teeth? Are you having anxiety/depression?
Dr. Feras Abdul khalek
Hematology and Oncology 14 years experience
Not likely: Not likely lung cancer. Sounds like muscle-skeletal pain, ie muscle sprain. If it persists for a few weeks then it warrants a doctor visit. Your ct scan is normal so this is less likely lung cancer. Lung cancer doesn't make you hurt upon touch. Smokers have a 20 fold risk of getting lung cancer. But that risk goes down significantly if they quit for about 5 years.
Dr. Pasala Ravichandran
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if you stop smoking you will have less fear of cancer
Sep 28, 2013
Dr. Prem Gupta
neurology 48 years experience
Possible arthritis: Your type of symptoms are very common in persons who do physically laborious jobs. Osteo arthritis in whole spine is often occurs and becomes painful. See an orthopedician or a neurologist.
Dr. Mark Galperin
Pain Management 32 years experience
Just a muscle spasm: No, most likely it is a muscle spasm, could be an underline arthritis in the neck, take Motrin 600 or 800mg twice a day, see physical therapist.

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