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33yrs old smoker persistent cough, right sided back ache, fatigue, no weight loss, healthy appetite, anxiety leads me to believe I have lung cancer?

Possible; unlikely: Lung cancers are rare in patients your age, but they do occur. You should see your doc about these symptoms, as you will need some further evaluation. This could be a number of other things as well. ...Read more

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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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I have a cough, when I cough my back is aching?

I have a cough, when I cough my back is aching?

Possible: Infection or inflammation of the lungs or the pleural sac that surrounds the lungs. You must be examined and x-rayed asap. ...Read more

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Chesty cough, blocked noise, hurts where my ribs r when I cough and my back. Aches and pains, my neck. Think my gland r swollen, but throat not sore. Flu?

Chesty cough, blocked noise, hurts where my ribs r when I cough and my back. Aches and pains, my neck. Think my gland r swollen, but throat not sore. Flu?

Probably viral: Sounds like upper respiratory infection or flu caused by virus. Coughing hard can elicit soreness in ribs. Sometimes pleuritis, inflammation of lining of lungs can mimic rib pain. If symptoms get worse and difficulty with high fever and change in severity of symptoms, should contact your physician. Sometimes superimposed bacterial infection can occur. Smoking will worsen cough. ...Read more

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I have a dry cough with back and side ache?

I have a dry cough with back and side ache?

Whenever one has: Skeletal pain associated with a cough the possibility of pleurisy or inflammation of the lung lining comes to mind. Pleurisy can be the result of infection--viral, bacteria, fungal--, a autoimmune disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis, the result of certain medications, rib fracture, or cancer. This combination of symptoms requires a thorough evaluation by a medical professional...make appointment ...Read more

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I have a cough and my upper back aches a lot, is the aches normal with cough?

I have a cough and my upper back aches a lot, is the aches normal with cough?

Muscle spasms: Most likely your back and shoulder muscles are in spasm from the forceful coughing. If the cough worsens and you have fever or shortness of breath you should see your doctor to make sure the pain is not due to pleurisy or pneumonia. ...Read more

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Should I seek medical attention wheezing, chest pain that goes around to my back, cough, chills, body aches, fever

Should I seek medical attention wheezing, chest pain that goes around to my back, cough, chills, body aches, fever

Good: Good evening. You sound like you are feeling really miserable. Although this could be a virus, you might also have pneumonia. The chest pain and wheezing are of concern as you may not be exchanging air as well. You also have a cough - don't know if it is productive of sputum or not. Because of the respiratory issues, it would be prudent to take a trip to the er. Take care. ...Read more

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I have strange abdominal and lower back ache discomfort or 2 months. Also persistent cough. Starting to have mild testicle pain as well. Any thoughts?

I have strange abdominal and lower back ache discomfort or 2 months. Also persistent cough. Starting to have mild testicle pain as well. Any thoughts?

I do.: Pain and backache plus testicular pain deserves a trip to your doctor. You are not too young for testicular cancer or other issues. Get it checked out. ...Read more

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Bad headaches off and on for 4/5 days. Stuffy nose/cough. Today my neck is sore when I touch chest/back ache. No headache 2day. Meningitis?

Bad headaches off and on for 4/5 days. Stuffy nose/cough. Today my neck is sore when I touch chest/back ache. No headache 2day. Meningitis?

Sounds like: A sinus cold and now body aches. If your headache has resolved it is unlikely meningitis. By this time you would be very sick. Be assessed and if your doctor has concerns for meningitis, the diagnosis is by lumbar puncture. All the best and follow up as you need to. ...Read more

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Sore throat with pain when swallowing and horeness, back ache, fatigue, cough, headache, dizzy spells, no appetite. What is going on with me?

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Sore throat with pain when swallowing and horeness, back ache, fatigue, cough, headache, dizzy spells, no appetite. What is going on with me?

Viral syndrome: Most common explanation for your symptoms is a viral syndrome. Assuming that you're otherwise healthy, most important thing is to stay hydrated, even if no appetite. Dehydration is frequent reason for admission to hospital so drink enough water to keep urine clear & pale. Antibiotics aren't recommended. See your Family Doc if no better in a week or if difficulty swallowing or breathing. ...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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Feels like something is stuck in throat, shoulder and chest feels mildly heavy, upper back ache. No more coughing. What can this be?

Feels like something is stuck in throat, shoulder and chest feels mildly heavy, upper back ache. No more coughing. What can this be?

Please see a MD asap: Simply stated, this can be a variety of very treatable conditions. Your pcp or other experienced physician will be able to help diagnose the underlying etiology of symptoms - and thus, hopefully help treat you appropriately. However, it all starts by your making an appointment with us so that we can do a thorough history and physical exam! ...Read more

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Shoulder blade pain, breastbone pain, lower back pain, rib pain, seems to wrap around my body, started severe 5 days ago. Slight cough and sore?

Shoulder blade pain, breastbone pain, lower back pain, rib pain, seems to wrap around my body, started severe 5 days ago. Slight cough and sore?

Go to the Doctor: I believe the question as asked is the perfect definition of when one needs to be seen by their family doctor. Something is wrong. Your body is telling you to get some help. You need to be seen and examined by the doctor you trust most. ...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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

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