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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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Left upper back pain while breathing in and couging? Also had dry cough for 2 weeks. Only 17

Left upper back pain while breathing in and couging? Also had dry cough for 2 weeks. Only 17

Option: Chest Xray: This usually shows may be you have some problems in the lungs due to possible viral or bacterial infection. May be you want to check with chest xray. ...Read more

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Upper back pain between shoulder blade and spine, hurts when breathing in deeply. Slight mucus producing cough, what could it be?

Pleurisy: Sometimes if there's inflammation in the lungs due to infection il it might involve the outer lining of the lung which is called the pleura. If The pleura becomes irritated then you could have "pleurisy" which can cause pain in the chest when you take a deep breath. If you have a fever and the symptoms persist you should have this checked out by your physician ...Read more

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Wet cough, wheezing, chest and back pain when coughing and breathing in, shallow breathing, fever, cough spasms. Bronchitis or pneumonia possibly?

Wet cough, wheezing, chest and back pain when coughing and breathing in, shallow breathing, fever, cough spasms. Bronchitis or pneumonia possibly?

Infection: It sounds like a respiratory infection but difficult to tell if it is bronchitis or pneumonia. You need to see a physician to get a definitive diagnosis and the correct treatment ...Read more

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My son is haveing severe upper back pain when coughing and breathing?

My son is haveing severe upper back pain when coughing and breathing?

Seek help: This is not normal. I would recommend seeing an orthopaedic specialist for a formal work up. ...Read more

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Do I have pneumonia? Really scared I'm not coughing but I had left back pain a couple days ago did not get worse by breathing. No fever. Temp is 96.8

No: People with pneumonia are invariably ill with fever, chiils, cough, muscle pains and malaise. There are many types of pneumonia-viral, fungal, bacterial, aspiration and those caused by tumors. Most likely you would have symptoms beside just back pain if you had pneumonia. ...Read more

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My son has upper back pain when coughing and breaving

My son has upper back pain when coughing and breaving

Sounds like he's: Coughing hard & has pleuritic chest pain; irritation of the lining around the lungs. Is he up-to-date on his immunizations? There have been some whooping cough (pertussis) outbreaks & older kids don't necessarily " whoop." he needs to see his pediatrician, who'll probably get a chesr xray & labs. Sadly, you shouldn't give him anything to suppress the cough unless his doctor gives the okay. ...Read more

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Thought was back pain, hard to pin point area, centre of back. Pain when breathing deeply, rolling over when lying down, bending back - dart of pain??

Thought was back pain, hard to pin point area, centre of back. Pain when breathing deeply, rolling over when lying down, bending back - dart of pain??

Could be...: If it's in the center of the back and it's more painful or tender when you touch it then it's worth getting seen for it to make sure it's not an infection of the spine or other suspicious lesion. Watch for any leg weakness or numbness.
It could be just spams but unlikely to be dead center. ...Read more

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Back pain when breathing deeply and moving it too much. Is this serious?

Back pain when breathing deeply and moving it too much. Is this serious?

Unusual: May be plurusy. See pmd not a good idea to sit on this........Dx depend on your risk factors and preexisting disease and habits. ...Read more

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Upper back pain when breathing in?

Upper back pain when breathing in?

Costochondritis: There are some patients who haven't back pain with breathing. This may be a sign of inflammation involving the soft tissue surrounding the ribs which is cartilage. This may be consistent with a diagnosis of costochondritis. I recommend seeing your primary care physician. If you need a rheumatology consult, I'll be happy to assist. ...Read more

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I am female, 21, lower right back pain when breathing in deeply, bending, twisting, and standing/walking. Sound like anything to you?

I am female, 21, lower right back pain when breathing in deeply, bending, twisting, and standing/walking. Sound like anything to you?

With your age: And symptoms describe probably back sprain. But still likely you need close physical exam to be certain and possible radiographic study to ensure. ...Read more

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Looking for second opinion with: Sharp to dull back pain when breathing or sneezing. Previous doctor has diagnosed notalgia paresthetica but I am unsure of diagnosis.

Looking for second opinion with: Sharp to dull back pain when breathing or sneezing. Previous doctor has diagnosed notalgia paresthetica but I am unsure of diagnosis.

Second opinion: Personalized healthcare advice (diagnosis or treatment) is available on this site through HealthTap Prime or Concierge service. A physician will want to know more about your history, timing of onset of this specific problem, whether you have sick contacts or any recent viral illnesses, medications you use etc. Only then can an opinion be offered. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Nasal congestion, sneezing and runny nose, with upper back pain when breathing in deeply, with headache in front of head, is this cold related?

Seasonal flu: Seasonal flu it is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. If there is no improvement or sore throat is severe or lasts longer than another week, or you are getting joint pain
see your pcp for evaluation.
Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between upper back pain and improper breathing?

Is there a connection between upper back pain and improper breathing?

Yes: Yes they can be serious or benign. If the rib muscles or more commonly a muscle like serratus anterior is weak, it can effect your breathing. But you need to rule out other causes from problems in your aorta to ball bladders. ...Read more

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25 year old female with middle back pain hurts really bad when breathing.?

25 year old female with middle back pain hurts really bad when breathing.?

Check it out: This could just muscle inflammation in the back will go away in 2-3 days after using advil (ibuprofen) or could be a sign of some thing inside the chest cage, so I will advice to check it if continued. ...Read more

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Experiencing neck shoulder and back pain at the right side of my body. Shortness of breathing sometimes.

Experiencing neck shoulder and back pain at the right side of my body. Shortness of breathing sometimes.

Trauma or TMD: The most common cause of shoulder pain and neck pain is injury to the soft tissues, including the muscles, tendons, and ligaments within these structures.. .. Degenerative arthritis of the spine in the neck (cervical spine) can pinch nerves that can cause both neck pain and shoulder pain. ...Read more

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I have severe center back pain on both sides when breathing. Cannot take deep breaths. No other symptoms. What could it be?

Pain: Your physician can determine the cause: kidney stone or infection, strain, herniated disk, arthritis among many others. See a doctor. ...Read more

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Sharp upper back pain on the left side when breathing deeply started after cycling It took more than 15 minutes until the pain disappeared...?

Sharp upper back pain on the left side when breathing deeply started after cycling It took more than 15 minutes until the pain disappeared...?

Upper back pain: The pain that you describe is typical of an inflamed rib head as it inserts into the spine. Anti-inflammatory medications, stretching and massage can help. Apply ice at night and moist warm heat in the morning. Chiropractors are helpful with this problem. Injection of the rib head with a cortisone shot is another treatment option. If the pain persists then a thoracic MRI scan is warranted. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have back pain and breathing problems?

Contact physician: Your symptoms are alarming. You need to see a physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of back pain between shoulder blades when breathing in?

What can be the cause of back pain between shoulder blades when breathing in?

Pleuritic pain: Pleuritic chest pain (and back pain) indicates an irritation of the inner chest lining. You need to be evaluated by your pcp. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more