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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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Could a cough lead to upper back pain?

Could a cough lead to upper back pain?

Yes: Most likely secondary to muscle strain or if cough is due to pneumonia, then pleuritic chest or back pain depending on part of lung involved. ...Read more

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Can a gallbladder attack make you feel like you have to cough and have upper back pain & chest pain?

Can a gallbladder attack make you feel like you have to cough and have upper back pain & chest pain?

It can: Biliary colic typically causes upper abdominal pain, which can radiate to back, nausea after eating, vomiting. Some attacks feel like chest pain. Not uncommon to get heart attack eval before getting gallbladder eval. Try a low fat diet, increase your hydration, get an ultrasound of your gallbladder when you visit with your doc. Be well. ...Read more

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Why do I urinate too much, have chills, bad cough and upper right back pain?

Why do I urinate too much, have chills, bad cough and upper right back pain?

Sounds like infectio: N. Better have it checked with your doc. This sounds like a bad kidney infection. But could be something else also. Better check it out. You may need Cipro (ciprofloxacin) or another antimicrobial. ...Read more

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Slight cough upper right back pain for 6 weeks. 2 xrays and bloods taken. All clear. Slight tingle in hands and feet. Could xrays missed something?

Slight cough upper right back pain for 6 weeks. 2 xrays and bloods taken. All clear. Slight tingle in hands and feet. Could xrays missed something?

Unlikely: Ct and bronchoscopy are currently not useful, it seems. Cxr can miss a lot of stuff but at your age it is unlikely to be something very serious.

Discuss nasolaryngoscopy, bronch, ct and methacholine challenge pft with your doc. ...Read more

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I have Chest ache on left, heart palpatations, dry cough, upper left back pain, shortness of breath and feeling nausia, any idea on the problem?

I have Chest ache on left, heart palpatations, dry cough, upper left back pain, shortness of breath and feeling nausia, any idea on the problem?

Need an exam: With those symptoms and the smoking history, I'd be most suspicious of a pulmonary problem like pneumonia, but there's a long list of possibilities, and you really should have someone examine you and listen to your lungs. Based on that, they might consider further testing. Feel better! ...Read more

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Coughing with upper right back pain hoarseness of voice, malaise? Left calf and ankle w/pitting edema

Coughing with upper right back pain hoarseness of voice, malaise? Left calf and ankle w/pitting edema

Get checked out: Coughing and back pain with a swollen leg need to be evaluated for blood clots migrating from the leg to the lung. Pneumonia is another possibility. Good luck. ...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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I was coughing and now I am having upper back pain when I breathe, cough and move? Is it my back or my lungs.

I was coughing and now I am having upper back pain when I breathe, cough and move? Is it my back or my lungs.

Productive cough?: If you are having productive sputum (cough) that's not relieved by your otc meds, it's time to see your doctor for a lung exam, (and possible chest xray) to rule out an uri, from walking pneumonia, depending on other factors /symptoms (fever, chills, etc). They may have to start you on antibiotics if warranted. Since your lungs are involved, it can affect your uppoer back if you cough a lot. ...Read more

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Upper back pain, feels like I've got a constant cramp for 3 days now. Uncontrollable coughing and pain in chest too. What should I do to stop cough?

Upper back pain, feels like I've got a constant cramp for 3 days now. Uncontrollable coughing and pain in chest too. What should I do to stop cough?

Visit your doctor: I am concerned about you. Where you are now is manageable but would not want you to get any worse. You should go say hello and let them make some recommendations. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Weird symptoms past 2 days. Can't sleep, (4 hrs in 2 days) increased thirst, chest pain and upper back pain, headache, cough?

Weird symptoms past 2 days. Can't sleep, (4 hrs in 2 days) increased thirst, chest pain and upper back pain, headache, cough?

See your doc: Hi. That could be any number of things. Are you peeing more? Any fever or sweats? Any sputum production? Shortness of breath? Your doc can do a history, physical exam, and appropriate diagnostics, and see if anything needs to be done. Good luck and get well soon! ...Read more

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I am having a cough for more than 3 weeks and a cold for almost 2 weeks, I am also having head ache, body pain, and upper back pain.

I am having a cough for more than 3 weeks and a cold for almost 2 weeks, I am also having head ache, body pain, and upper back pain.

Exam if continues: If the cough is getting less, and no fever, then wait for another ten days. Drink more water to try to loosen the secretions and make them easier to cough up. If not improving then, or new symptoms, then see your DR.
If you are a smoker, see your DR now. ...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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I have a constant knot feeling in my throat with a slight cough for the last two months also, neck and upper back pain that comes and goes. What is it?

I have a constant knot feeling in my throat with a slight cough for the last two months also, neck and upper back pain that comes and goes. What is it?

Reflux?: A 36 year old female with a knot in throat and slight cough, with neck and upper back pain. All these symptoms could be due to GER (gastroesophageal reflux). The symptoms also could be due to post-nasal drainage. Please see your primary health care provider for further evaluation. ...Read more

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My mom is a smoker. She has had a non productive cough for about a year now. Today was complaining about upper back pain. Can it be her lung? Cancer?

My mom is a smoker. She has had a non productive cough for about a year now. Today was complaining about upper back pain. Can it be her lung? Cancer?

May need some Tests: Persistent cough can be due to smoking (bronchitis) or other lung diseases. Since it has persisted for one year, you should get a medical check up to find the cause. A simple chest X-ray may reveal any obvious problems but a CT scan of the chest is even more detailed and more reliable test to find a cause like Cancer (which is unlikely) in the lung or in the back bones. ...Read more

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So lately I've had this cough off and on that won't go away I have had wheezing sometimes chest pain upper back pain sore rib sometimes is it cancer?

So lately I've had this cough off and on that won't go away I have had wheezing sometimes chest pain upper back pain sore rib sometimes is it cancer?

Unlikely: At your age it is unlikely but not impossible. Even if it is not cancer, you could have some other medical issue that may require therapy. I would suggest you visit your doc to be checked. Best to you. ...Read more

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I am having upper back pain that comes and go, and blood when I blow my nose. I do not have a cough. I am 25 and I don't smokecould I have lung cancer?

Almost certainly not: I don't think you have lung cancer at all. Back pain can be due to many things (including posture, very large breasts, etc) and blood when you blow your nose is probably due to a polyp. Obviously you should have it checked out if it's a lot. But at your age and with no smoking history, lung cancer would be very low on my list. As for bruising and weakness, you should probably have a blood test. ...Read more

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Bad upper back pain with dry, chesty cough and chest discomfort. Hurts when standing and at rest. Advil works a bit, but not much lately. Could the upper back pain be from a lung infection?

Bad upper back pain with dry, chesty cough and chest discomfort. Hurts when standing and at rest. Advil works a bit, but not much lately. Could the upper back pain be from a lung infection?

Yes: Sounds bad -Can you go to a center for chest Xray? You may have Bronchitis, pneumonia, influenza or more. Pain all the time is concerning. Need to see a doctor to get a diagnosis. This could be life threatening. Don't wait Need to see a doctor today. ...Read more

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Just got over a flu started with chills mild fever yellow mucus very bad cough then lungs feel sore tired upper back pain what can this be?

Pneumonia: Often people with the flu develope a secondary pneumonia. This needs eval by ur pvp, as ofter these r bacterial. A severe and constant cough can cause back pain. ...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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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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My daughter woke up Today with sharp upper back pain and shoulder pain. It hurts whenever she is bending down or coughing. What Can it be?

My daughter woke up Today with sharp upper back pain and shoulder pain. It hurts whenever she is bending down or coughing. What Can it be?

Rib/vertebral dysf: Sounds like rib or vertebral dysfunction. Must rule out lung or other serious problem, but key may be pain w/bending. Ribs/vertebrae can get 'locked' for seemingly no reason-even during sleep & hurt w/coughing or certain movements. A good history & physical incl hands-on osteopathic exam may be the best way to find the cause. Osteopathic manipulation can free them & relieve the pain. ...Read more

Dr. Praveen Mambalam
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Thoracic (Upper Back) Strain (Definition)

Discomfort or pain in the back at the level of the rib cage to the neck. Although upper back pain is not as common as lower back pain, the causes are often the same and include muscle strain or irritation (most common), injury to the spine leading to slipped disc or degeneration, or the pinching of a nerve in the back. ...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