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Cough And Upper Back Pain
Four weeks of nagging cough, headaches, upper back pain, chest tightness and difficulty when breathing. What is it?
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
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
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?
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
Coughing with upper right back pain hoarseness of voice, malaise? Left calf and ankle w/pitting edema
I am sick and have been having some severe coughing attacks. I was coughing and now I am having upper back pain when I breathe, cough and move.?
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
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
I developed a cold about 2 weeks ago and now have chest and upper back pain along with the persistent cough. Should I see a Dr. Or wait it out?
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
Upper back pain, mostly left side, no cough, shortness of breath after activity and irregular heartbeat at times?
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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?
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.
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
History of intermittent dry cough for 3 mos. Underwent 2 x-rays yielded normal results. Upper back pain for more than a month. Could this be lung ca?
No: You are 32 years old, a nonsmoker and have 2 normal chest x rays so the answer is absolutely no. ...Read more
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
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
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?
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
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?
What could cause upper back pain, a dry cough and occasional chest pain? Back pain travels to arms and numbs them, very tired, sometimes feeling faint
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?
Dry cough for 4 days. Now coughing up yellow stuff. Nausea, sore throat, upper back pain and RT side pain at times.
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
Seek help: This is not normal. I would recommend seeing an orthopaedic specialist for a formal work up. ...Read more
Mild upper back pain for months. Yesterday was terrible when coughing. Today its harder to breathe than normal. Could this be a sign of pe?
Could always be: Could always be a sign even though doubtful. If these symptoms persist or increase you need it worked up. ...Read more
I have mid to upper back pain on the left and right side of my back. It is particularly painful when bending down, sniffing up or coughing.?
See Dr: Possibly a protruding intervertebral disc.Get a more detailed answer ›
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