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Can forward head posture and rounded shoulders restrict your breathing? When taking a deep breath I have upper back pain and my accessory's are sore.

Contributing: Probably can cause some restrictive lung problems eventually but your problem is probably due to your underlying lung disease primarily. Your posture can also eventually lead to circulatory problems and neuro symptoms in your arms (thoracic outlet syndrome). I suspect that your underlying lung problems are severe. I wonder about a alpha-1=antitrypsin deficiency leading to severe emphysema.

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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


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What causes sharp upper back pain when taking a deep breath?

What causes sharp upper back pain when taking a deep breath?

Several things: It could be from a cracked rib or inflamed rib joint. A blood clot caught in the lungs can do this. Irritation of the lung lining can do it too. If you are having trouble catching your breath, call your doctor or go to an urgent care or emergency room.

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I caught a breath taking sharp upper back pain in my left side that shot to my abd in the same spot can it be a spasm? On hurts on deep breath

I caught a breath taking sharp upper back pain in my left side that shot to my abd in the same spot can it be a spasm? On hurts on deep breath

It could be: The doctors who ordered your test would have the best idea, since the considered most of the options. Would obviously also consider things in your upper belly on the left side, since your diaphragm, a dome shaped muscle under your lung, flattens during a deep breath, and pushes on the contents of your upper abdomen.

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Pain upper back w/deep breath. I do have chronic back pain, and im getting over a cold. I'm on penicillin now, for a abcess. Can these cause upper back pain?

Pain upper back w/deep breath. I do have chronic back pain, and im getting over a cold. I'm on penicillin now, for a abcess. Can these cause upper back pain?

Pleurisy (Pleuritis): You are likely having pleurisy (pleuritis). Go see your doctor. Typical if this is all that it is, a prescription of nsaids like Ibuprofen will help take care of it. But you have to go and ensure there is nothing else that could be irritating the lining of your lungs like a collection, etc. This is likely unrelated to your chronic back pain.

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Almost constant upper back pain, occasional chest pain, and shallow breathing throughout the day. The pain gets worse sometimes with deep breaths?

Almost constant upper back pain, occasional chest pain, and shallow breathing throughout the day. The pain gets worse sometimes with deep breaths?

Rib pain: Most likely at your age is a pulled muscle or rib irritation in the area. However if it does not resolve with nsaids, ice/heat and rest, you may want to see a physician to evaluate further. You may want to consider an osteopathic physician (do) to see if manipulation of the ribs might be a treatment option.

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What can cause upper back pain at the center- close to shoulder, when sneezing or taking deep breath?

What can cause upper back pain at the center- close to shoulder, when sneezing or taking deep breath?

It's most: Probably from repetitive musculo-skeletal strain from breathing and especially sneezing. Suggest a check up with your doctor.

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I get upper back pain especially around shoulder blades. It hurts more when moving & sometimes when taking a deep breath. I do carry my 3yr old a lot.?

Spine: Without a history of trauma, shoulder blade pain can be caused by poor posture, a bad disc in the spine, or an irritated nerve in the neck. See your doctor if this pain lasts greater than 2 weeks.

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I have been having upper back pain that radiates to the chest and I mistake it for chest pain. It's worse if I take a deep breath. My chest X-ray was normal. What could this be?

Possibly serious: It is possible that this pain could be serious. The most concerning possibility would be a blood clot in your lung. This would cause a feeling of shortness of breath. This is often not seen on a plain chest xray. You would need to go to the emergency room to be seen for this. The other likely less serious cause is a muscle pull. This would cause more pain with movement without a deep breath.

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Chances of lung cancer? -shoulder, upper back pain and sometimes a mild pain when I take a deep breath (left side)

Chances of lung cancer? -shoulder, upper back pain and sometimes a mild pain when I take a deep breath (left side)

Average: What you are describing does not raise specific concern for lung cancer and points more to chest wall irritation which can be from muscle strain, sometimes viral infection or exposure to inhaled irritants. Smoking is the major risk factor for lung cancer, and anyone over the age of 55 who has been smoking for at least 30 years (varies by amount) benefits from routine lung cancer screening

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Really painful right upper back pain. When I breath it hurts and any movement causes more pain, can't lay down without feeling the pain in my back.?

Really painful right upper back pain. When I breath it hurts and any movement causes more pain, can't lay down without feeling the pain in my back.?

ER: Either referred pain from gallbladder or pleuritic pain from your lungs. Possibly a pulled muscle; however this need immediate attention.

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Can stress and depression cause physical symptoms like upper back pain and shortness or breath, even at rest? 39y female.

Can stress and depression cause physical symptoms like upper back pain and shortness or breath, even at rest? 39y female.

See your doctor: It is possible to experience pain symptoms secondary to stress and depression. See your doctor for a physical exam to rule out other medical causes of your symptoms. Once other causes are ruled out, your doctor may suggest antidepressant medication to try to help reduce your symptoms. Depression and pain often coexist. It is important to treat both simultaneously.

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Pain in chest, short of breath at night, upper back pain, this is on-going and I have it quite regularly, it gets worse at night.

Pain in chest, short of breath at night, upper back pain, this is on-going and I have it quite regularly, it gets worse at night.

See a doctor: You need to see a doctor to conduct through investigation of your symptoms and physical examination. This could be anything or nothing.

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I have upper back pain (left and right) when I breath in or sneeze. What could this be? Gall bladder?

I have upper back pain (left and right) when I breath in or sneeze. What could this be? Gall bladder?

Ribs or lungs: See your doctor for evaluation. Usually gallbladder related issues are associated with food eaten, not sneezing or breathing.

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