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Upper back muscle pain with shoulder pain or lung pain 33 year old female and smoker?

Upper back muscle pain with shoulder pain or lung pain 33 year old female and smoker?

Needs Evaluation: Could be anything from a simple muscle strain, gallbladder problems, a blood clot on the lung to atypical heart pain. Is going to require a thorough history and physical examination as well as EKG, Lab Work, possibly a Chest X-Ray. See your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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How can I get relief from upper back muscle pain?

How can I get relief from  upper back muscle pain?

Several things: You could try applying heat or cold (experiment; just don't overdo to avoid burn or frostbite). Over the counter pain relievers may help (follow package instructions and warnings). Stretching and muscle strengthening can also help; you may need to see a therapist or trainer. If simple measures fail, see your primary care provider for exam and options. ...Read more

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Upper back muscle pain, shoulder blade, what kind of dr to see?

Upper back muscle pain, shoulder blade, what kind of dr to see?

Multiple kinds OK: Probably fine to see either a primary care physician (pcp), rheumatologist, or physical medicine & rehabilitation specialist. ...Read more

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Can stress/anxiety cause upper back muscle pain ?

Can stress/anxiety cause upper back muscle pain ?

Sometimes: However, there are numerous other causes for the same pain. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Do muscles always heal ? Have had upper back muscle pain from overstretched rhomboids for around 18 months. Having physio for last year. Helps a bit.

Just about.: Sounds to me that you have not corrected the common activity in your life that is causing your pain. Rhomboid pain usually comes for everyday act.Ivities like reading, knitting, and especially protracted computer use. Muscles do heal, but sometimes with a bit of scar tissue, that can cause the continued pain. ...Read more

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How to tell difference N kidney pain and back muscle pain. My left upper back and side hurt randomly. Hurts when I move or take deep breaths?

How to tell difference N kidney pain and back muscle pain. My left upper back and side hurt randomly. Hurts when I move or take deep breaths?

Back pain: Kidney pain is generally felt in the lower back - the flanks more precisely. Pain in your upper back that increases when you take deep breaths more closely relates to either a lung/pleura issue or musculoskeletal issue. ...Read more

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Deep ache in upper back 2 and half years, if this was lung cancer would it of presented itself by now on xray?

Deep ache in upper back 2 and half years, if this was lung cancer would it of presented itself by now on xray?

Most likely: Are you a smoker? Would need more information. This certainly could be muscular or other causes. If persist see MD ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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


Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more