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Sometimes have chest / lung pains, and then it travels up my upper back spine, and then my trachea up to my tonsils. Help?

Sometimes have chest / lung pains, and then it travels up my upper back spine, and then my trachea up to my tonsils. Help?

See a dr: Could be a problem with skin, nerves, muscle, shoulder, lung, heart, or stomach. See your doctor for a more thorough history, physical exam and further evaluation. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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I have severe chest pains, but my ekgs were normal. Does this mean that something is wrong with my lungs?

I have severe chest pains, but my ekgs were normal. Does this mean that something is wrong with my lungs?

Many possibilities: Evaluation of chest pain is challenging - initial tests often inconclusive. Heart pain doesn't always have diagnostic ekg changes at first, so additional tests may be needed based on detailed history of pain, age, gender, habits, past med history, etc. Partial list: pleuritis, pericarditis, aneurysm, pneumonia, costochondritis, shingles, rib injury, esophageal spasm, pneumothorax, pulmonary embolus, gerd, . ...Read more

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I have sarcodosis and my lungs have been burning all day with chest pains I had burning before but never all day like today?

I have sarcodosis and my lungs have been burning all day with chest pains I had burning before but never all day like today?

See details: Then you should speak with the doctor who treats your sarcoidosis and have that doctor evaluate the problem. The complaint is too nonspecific to offer any firm advice over the internet. ...Read more

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I've been getting chest pains and tightness for a week. I am 29, the pain is not excruciating and I have a low peak flow in one lung. What do I do?

I've been getting chest pains and tightness for a week. I am 29, the pain is not excruciating and I have a low peak flow in one lung. What do I do?

See your Doctor: Chest tightness and pains could be from many causes, some minor and some serious. Perhaps it is simply from asthma or a virus. It could be something more serious such as some other type of lung problem or even a heart problem.
Your doctor will ask you more detailed questions and do an exam and then may need to do additional testing ...Read more

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I have chest pains back pains and shoulders pains could it be lung cancer plus I am only 20

I have chest pains back pains and shoulders pains could it be lung cancer plus I am only 20

No: This is overwhelmingly likely to be musculoskeletal pain. If you are smoking, however, you need to stop. It will do you nothing but harm. See your doctor if you have further concerns or want advice on smoking cessation. ...Read more

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Chest pains for 3 days now, could this be a symptom of lung cancer?

Chest pains for 3 days now, could this be a symptom of lung cancer?

I doubt it: Lung cancer is always worrisome. I would not jump to conclusions. If you smoke, your chances of cancer are greater than those who do not. If you do not smoke, then the pain can have many different causes. If worried get cxr. Lung cancer does not cause pain and even end stage people rarely complain of pain, rather sob or hematemesis. You could have simply strained the chest muscles. Fear not. ...Read more

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I'm 16 I had my 1st cigarette 2 years ago. For around 6 months I smoked a lot. What are the chances of me having lung cancer? I get slight chest pains

I'm 16 I had my 1st cigarette 2 years ago. For around 6 months I smoked a lot. What are the chances of me having lung cancer? I get slight chest pains

Quit Now: Very few things you do in your whole life will benefit you more than quitting smoking. This includes cigarettes, cigars, joints snuff, chewing tobacco and vaping. You will enjoy better health and over time will be able to buy several new cars with the money you save. You haven't smoked long enough yet to seriously worry about lung cancer, but if you don't quit you'll be there soon enough. ...Read more

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I've been sick with the common cold for about 3 days now but lately I've been having chest pains that spreads down my ribs....could it be lung cancer?

I've been sick with the common cold for about 3 days now but lately I've been having chest pains that spreads down my ribs....could it be lung cancer?

Not lung cancer.: Chest pains with a cold are very common. It could be as simple as rib pain from coughing too much, or more complex if the cold progressed to become a pneumonia lung infection. If you have a persistent fever or if you're not getting better very soon, then you should see your doctor for a check up to make sure everything is OK. ...Read more

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In the mornings I will cough till I am sick often. Chest xrays appear clear. I passed a lung test after inhalers but asthma not confirmed. Chest pains?

In the mornings I will cough till I am sick often. Chest xrays appear clear. I passed a lung test after inhalers but asthma not confirmed. Chest pains?

Cough: Lots of possibilities including esophageal reflux, allergies and inhalant reactions among others. See a lung specialist to work through them if primary care doc limited. ...Read more

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Complains of chest pains for 2 days when running, X-ray was clear, lungs are clear. Said his eyes went blind for a second 1and Headache once today.?

Complains of chest pains for 2 days when running, X-ray was clear, lungs are clear. Said his eyes went blind for a second 1and Headache once today.?

Continue eval: Who is ordering the tests? ER or pediatrician? In either case, call the pediatrician to give this update. S/he may want to see him today given the new symptoms, or may have advice based on the ongoing workup, additional symptoms/exam findings and suspected diagnoses. Asthma is a consideration not diagnosed by the tests you mentioned; but there are other possibilities as well. Be vigilant. ...Read more

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All testing on heart neg/cxr clear. Have chest pains and feel burning sensation chest area on and off. Is this a precursor to lung cancer?

All testing on heart neg/cxr clear. Have chest pains and feel burning sensation chest area on and off. Is this a precursor to lung cancer?

No: Your symptoms most likely suggest some gastric reflux symptoms. Your chest xray is clear which is re-assuring. If you are a heavy smoker a ct scan for lung cancer screening may be appropriate;. ...Read more

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I have vaped a couple of times with my friends mainly this summer around 20 times or so, and 40 days ago I started having shortness of breath and chest pains. Went to the doctor and they said my lungs sounded normal. Could I have lung cancer? I'm 16

I have vaped a couple of times with my friends mainly this summer around 20 times or so, and 40 days ago I started having shortness of breath and chest pains. Went to the doctor and they said my lungs sounded normal. Could I have lung cancer? I'm 16

Short of breath: lung cancer is not the first thing that comes to mind.
I do think seeing a pulmonologist is indicated. This could be a form of asthma.
If your breathing or chest pains get worse then go to the emergency department where some tests might be done and give you an answer. ...Read more

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I went to the ER with chest pains, an ECG showed no abnormalities. A doctor listened to my lungs with a stethascope, would this exam have highlighted pneumothorax? The pain is now in my mid back.

I went to the ER with chest pains, an ECG showed no abnormalities. A doctor listened to my lungs with a stethascope, would this exam have highlighted pneumothorax? The pain is now in my mid back.

Not your Heart: You have anxiety, panic, stress or all of the above. You did not need to go to the er. Heart troubles have a myriad of symptoms in a male. Yes, the exam, and vitals would have also ruled out a pneumothorax. Now. Lets deal with the underlying real problem which is that at 28 you are not managing your stress well. You are carrying it all in your chest and your chest muslces are tired or fatigued. ...Read more

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Cold air + lungs = coughing and chest pain. What is wrong with my lungs?

Cold air + lungs = coughing and chest pain. What is wrong with my lungs?

Asthma/Bronchitis: It sounds like your breathing passages are inflamed. If you smoke, that's contributing. If you don't, you may have infection and/or constriction. Cold can often be a trigger in asthma. Broncodilators and antiinflammatory medscan help greatly. See your doc for an exam and prescription so you can feel better! ...Read more

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Choked last night on water now wondering if got in lungs and this morning woke up with slight chest pain in middle of chest only and still hurts now?

Really, no need to: Worry. The pain you are feeling is from coughing and clearing your throat. Swallowing a small amount of water into your lung really does not matter much in a healthy young man. ...Read more

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Right neck and upper chest pain from lungs, why?

Possible: There is no easy answer because several things can cause chest pain. The organs in the chest are very close to one another and share the same nerve connections that carry pain stimuli. ...Read more

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I have chest pain on exertion, found spot on lung, any suggestions?

Need further workup: I would recommend either a follow up chest xray or ct scan of the chest with IV contrast. ...Read more

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Having chest pain, hurts in lungs worse when I lay down and coughing with chest congestion?

Having chest pain, hurts in lungs worse when I lay down and coughing with chest congestion?

Go to ER: You should go to er and get yourself checked. There are different reasons that can cause chest pain and cough- however, I think you should be evaluated as soon as possible. Go to er. ...Read more

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Age:19 male woke up with slight chest pain now I have 20% lung capacity and hurts very bad to breathe more than 20% what should I do or take?

Age:19 male woke up with slight chest pain now I have 20% lung capacity and hurts very bad to breathe more than 20% what should I do or take?

Needs evaluation.: Am not sure what basis you have for the 20% description. However, pain with breathing merits an examination by your doctor; it could represent pleurisy or some other significant pulmonary or cardiac problem. You should be examined asap. ...Read more

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Can a old punctured lung injury cause chest pain later in life?

Can a old punctured lung injury cause chest pain later in life?

Not usually: If you have new persistent onset of chest pain esp on left side, it is crucial that you inform your doctor soon to grt a throughout evaluation. ...Read more

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Chest pain and popping in between lungs, hernia or something else?

Chest pain and popping in between lungs, hernia or something else?

Popping: That's an unusual description. Is the popping under the skin? (it would be a sign of pneumothorax which is very serious). Is it only with deep breath? Are you short of breath? Coughing? More information is necessary. ...Read more

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Exercise chest pain NOT related to heart or lungs. What else could it be?

Exercise chest pain NOT related to heart or lungs. What else could it be?

Costochondritis: If your heart and lungs have been'ruled out' as sources of your chest pain (and this is of paramount importance) than inflammation of the ribs as they attach on the sternum or the rib 'lining' itself can become 'inflamed' occasionally w/ exercise. This is generally treated w/ NSAIDs (ibuprofen, etc.)A diagnosis can sometimes be made by an examination prior to and after ecersise or bone scan. GL! ...Read more

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I have chest pain my lungs hurt when breathing with back pain that's all but having a hard time

You: You need to go to the er immediately with chest pain and shortness of breath. Any chest pain is very concerning and needs a thorough and immediate evaluation. It sounds like you have risk factors. Please be seen immediately in the er. ...Read more

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Chest Pain (Definition)

The chest resides between the neck & abdomen. Chest pain refers to ...Read more