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How can i know if my back muscles hurt or my lungs and kidneys hurt? Is it a different pain?

How can i know if my back muscles hurt or my lungs and kidneys hurt? Is it a different pain?

Pain: all pain feels tha same where ever id hurts that is where the pain is You need to see your PCP when it hurts and have it investigated ...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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My back hurts when I breath in wher my lungs are what is it?

My back hurts when I breath in wher my lungs are what is it?

Multiple: There are multiple reasons to have back pain with inspiration. The most important would be an issue with the lungs, like asthma, copd, pnuemonia, or pleuritis. There can also be issues with the structures of the thoracic region, including the ribs, muscles, and the thoracic spine. An examination with your doctor would be recommended. ...Read more

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My back hurts from kidneys up to lungs above for more than a week now. What is this?

My back hurts from kidneys up to lungs above for more than a week now. What is this?

Go see ur family doc: There are way too many things that could explain your vague description that it doesn't do you any good to speculate. Instead, go see your family doc or GP for complete evaluation. Be prepared to give more details as to pain. When did it start? What makes it better/worse? Fevers? Sweats? Chills? Cough? Painful urination? Bloody urine? Weight loss? Tobacco use? Other drug use? Shortness of breath? ...Read more

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Husband is weezing. Went to dr last week said lungs clear but gave inhaler. 3 days later still weezing and back hurts.

Husband is weezing. Went to dr last week said lungs clear but gave inhaler. 3 days later still weezing and back hurts.

Wheezing : Wheezing can come and go. But if after the inhaler, he is still symptomatic and it either does not seem to be improving or is debilitating in its current state then he should schedule a follow up md appt. ...Read more

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I have chest pain my lungs hurt when breathing with back pain thats 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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My lungs hurts but i don't know if it is back pain i don't smoke ....I don't cough or fever.Just every time i take deep breath or yawn to much to breath.

Thoracic spine: Since you already suffer from lower back pain, it is possible that you also have thoracic spine pathology, which is causing you to have chest wall pain. See a neurologist. ...Read more

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My left rib is feeling tender and hurts to move or sleep on. No injury. And i'm having some back pain in the lung area. Any idea?

Have examination: There are several considerations. Without knowing it even by coughing you could have caused bruising or tendon problem in the intercostals or the rib. You could have a displace rib or a floating rib depending on location. You could also have a radicular pain . Pleuritic pain also has to be considered or even zoster if there is a rah. Go to your md to clarify. ...Read more

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Does GERD cause upper/middle back pain? It kind of feels like my lungs hurt. Diagnosed with GERD after normal CXray, stress test echo and ECG

Does GERD cause upper/middle back pain? It kind of feels like my lungs hurt. Diagnosed with GERD after normal CXray,  stress test echo and ECG

It can.: given the work up you've had so far, the best step next may be to try over-the-counter antacids to see if they help temporarily. If they do, then a trial of prescription medication for Gerd may be indicated. You should also avoid any particular foods that you notice bring on your symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've been waking up with upper back pain mostly between left shoulder blade and spine. Hurts when i breath and can feel it in my left lung/ chest.?

I've been waking up with upper back pain mostly between left shoulder blade and spine. Hurts when i breath and can feel it in my left lung/ chest.?

Thoracic Spine: Thoracic spine areas will allow nerves to exit out of the spine and wrap around into the chest wall and abdomen. So herniated discs there can cause pain into these areas as well. I would consider seeing a pain specialist for treatment options like epidural steroid injection or even facet joint treatments. ...Read more

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Could upper back pain that has lasted over a year be lung cancer? Ct was clear. Only hurts with activity or sitting not rest

Could upper back pain that has lasted over a year be lung cancer? Ct was clear. Only hurts with activity or sitting not rest

Prob not: If the cat scan was clear, and you don't have cancer. You should be in fall iphone physical therapy program. I will get an emerierr the thoracic and cervical spine. Be evaluated by an orthopedic spinal specialist. ...Read more

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I have a cyst in the middle of my chest and sometimes the whole right side of my chest and back hurts, is it because the cyst is sitting on my nerves?

I have a cyst in the middle of my chest and sometimes the whole right side of my chest and back hurts, is it because the cyst is sitting on my nerves?

Possible: Possibly, but probably not. You need to have this checked out by someone who can examine you and see exactly where this cyst is located. If it is superficial, so that you can see it and feel it; it would be an unlikely source of this pain, but we learn in medicine that almost nothing is impossible. ...Read more

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My chest tightens up, my back hurts, & hardly breath, it lasts for 30 to 40 seconds, why?

My chest tightens up, my back hurts, & hardly breath, it lasts for 30 to 40 seconds, why?

Many reasons: Unfortunately, your symptoms are not specific. Many abnormalities may present with your symptoms. A thorough history and physical exam are important to arrive to a correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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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