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Hello I am a 28 year old female with a history of smoking for 7 years I am having terrible upper mid back pain now for a month... Lung cancer?

Hello I am a 28 year old female with a history of smoking for 7 years I am having terrible upper mid back pain now for a month... Lung cancer?

Probably not: Do you have cough with sputum, weight loss? It is not too early nor too late to quit smoking. Heart disease is more likely to kill you than lung cancer. It is not practical to give you a diagnosis of the back pain without examination. ...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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What are the chances that mid-back pain when you sit and move certain ways is lung cancer? Or does Cancer cause dull constant pain, not just when sit?

What are the chances that mid-back pain when you sit and move certain ways is lung cancer? Or does Cancer cause dull constant pain, not just when sit?

Very, very low: Dx of lung cancer is rarely if ever based on a back pain presentation. Stop worrying yourself about that. Do consider an exam to determine the problem - but expect it to be muscular or weight related. Whatever it is, try to follow tx recommendations. If you smoke - cut down or quit and ask the Dr for ways to evaluate your lung health. It's a good way to start the New Year - living healthily! . ...Read more

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Feeling of pain in mid back, chest, also horse voice and trouble breathing will last days, weeks come and go not lung cancer been checked any idea?

Feeling of pain in mid back, chest, also horse voice and trouble breathing will last days, weeks come and go not lung cancer been checked any idea?

What else checked?: Did your doctor say anything about pneumonia?, copd?, asthma?, bronchitis? - winter season allergies are also possible. It might be good to see a pulmonary specialist - breathing is pretty important, right?
Best wishes! ...Read more

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Can mid back pain specially under right shoulder blade pain (dull ache) cause chest discomfort? Right lung cancer?

Can mid back pain specially under right shoulder blade pain (dull ache) cause chest discomfort? Right lung cancer?

Back shoulder pain: At 26 years old. Pain in right shoulder area is most likely not related to lung cancer. Absent trauma, it can easily be referred pain from gallbladder disease. ...Read more

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Pain in mid left back lung cancer?

Pain in mid left back lung cancer?

Unlikely: But get evaluated. Most is spine or musculoskeletal. ...Read more

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I am a 29 year old female and have been a smoker for 7 years. I have mid back pain near spine for months. I have had chest X-ray and 2 mri's, both clear. I am still scared itslung cancer. What should I do?

I am a 29 year old female and have been a smoker for 7 years. I have mid back pain near spine for months. I have had chest X-ray and 2 mri's, both clear. I am still scared itslung cancer. What should I do?

consider chest CT: You need to talk to your doctor about ways to stop smoking, which is a known cause of lung cancer. That's the 1st thing you need to do.

A negative chest x-ray does not mean your lungs are free of disease. Assuming the mris were of your spine, consider an optimized screening chest ct to determine the status of your lungs and reduce your anxiety. ...Read more

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If my mother had primary breast and lung cancer in her mid 50’s and 60, does she likely carry a genetic faulty gene? Are they related to a syndrome?

If my mother had primary breast and lung cancer in her mid 50’s and 60, does she likely carry a genetic faulty gene? Are they related to a syndrome?

Get tested: If your mom is still alive, ask her if any genetic markings were found If yes, consider getting tested yourself. I am not aware of any syndrome depicting these two types of primary (not metastatic) cancers together. ...Read more

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I am a lung cancer servivor of 15 years I have had bronchitus since mid july I have had a chest xray and a cat scan and my lungs are fine my cancer treatment was surgery to remove top lobe of left lung and 6 and a half weeks of radiiation?

I am a lung cancer servivor of 15 years I have had bronchitus since mid july I have had a chest xray and a cat scan and my lungs are fine my cancer treatment was surgery to remove top lobe of left lung and 6 and a half weeks of radiiation?

COPD?: Sounds like your cancer is cured, congratulations, you are one of few! You probably smoked and this lingering bronchitis may be uncontrolled copd. Check with your doctor for bronchodilators +/- steroids. Radiation pneumonitis would be very unusual after all this time. ...Read more

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Can lung cancer display itching shoulder blades?

Can lung cancer display itching shoulder blades?

Probably not: Itching between the shoulder blades is not a symptom generally associated with lung cancer. ...Read more

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I'm being treated for lung cancer with nivolumab. Which can cause severe itching. Can I take 50 mg of benedryl for it instead of just 25 mg.?

I'm being treated for lung cancer with nivolumab. Which can cause severe itching. Can I take 50 mg of benedryl for it instead of just 25 mg.?

Yes you can: But don't exceed 300 mg/ day of diphenhydramine (benadryl) from all sources, suggest that you communicate with the treating team re side effects and probably dose adjustment of the Nivolumab, wish you well and recovery ...Read more

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Ok. I've been noticing some white patches on my skin. Locations: abs, upper left chest and about mid back. It does not itch. Only allergic to HD dust?

Ok. I've been noticing some white patches on my skin. Locations: abs, upper left chest and about mid back. It does not itch. Only allergic to HD dust?

Vitiligo: This is from loss of skin pigments due to an autoimmune problem. If you have an underlying autoimmune disease, controlling it may halt the process. Unfortunately there is no good treatment to reverse it although UVB-NB phototherapy has had some success in getting some pigment back. ...Read more

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Had dull constant pain left upper abd radiated to left lower to mid back. Feels Better if moving around scared of pancreatic cancer. No fam hIstory.

LUQ pain: Most of the time cancers are painless. If pain happens from cancer that means it has spread, by that time patient would have had some other symptoms like weigh loss or other symptoms based on where it originates from. May be helpful if we get more information to discuss differential diagnosis of the pain ...Read more

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I have severe mid back pain and stiffness. I feel the pain radiate above my lungs. Help!

I have severe mid back pain and stiffness. I feel the pain radiate above my lungs. Help!

Consider: Visiting a chiropractor. There you will receive x-rays of your back, and treatment. They will refer you to a medical doctor if you require medication or further work up beyond an mri. And they are relatively inexpensive compared to the medical community. You can walk in bent, and walk out straight. Ya, that's what I would do. ...Read more

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Used space heater close to skin for 3-4 months. Notice multiple small on my butt leading to mid back. Skin cancer?

Used space heater close to skin for 3-4 months. Notice multiple small on my butt leading to mid back. Skin cancer?

Doubt it: Is it erythema ab igne? Https://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/Erythema_ab_igne Everybody does ill-advised things and I'm really glad you didn't do something more serious. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Sharp pain in my upper mid back in between my spine and right scapula. Nagging deep cough for a week feel congestion in lower rt lung when I cough?

Sharp pain in my upper mid back in between my spine and right scapula. Nagging deep cough for a week feel congestion in lower rt lung when I cough?

Nagging cough: You need a chest xray to rule out pneumonia. As well as other sources of your pain. If it was not for your cough then one could consider your gallbladder as a source. Doubtful this time. ...Read more

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I have mid back lung cramping. Some mild pain when inhaleing and exhaling. With dry non productive cough.

I have mid back lung cramping. Some mild pain when inhaleing and exhaling. With dry non productive cough.

Bronchitis: Smoking lowers your immunity and damage the lung Structure so you may have smoker's cough too. Bronchospasm from Smoke can induce this kind of cough. Otherwise viral infection can cause musculoskeletal pain with nonproductive cough.
Please try to quit smoking. ...Read more

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Can h pylori cause mid back soreness? It feels like a small bruise at times. What are the chances of it being cancer?

If you have an ulcer: The bacteria h. Pylori can, over some years and usually in older prople, lead to gastric lyphoma, or gastric cancer, but far more common is gastritis or peptic ulcer, which can sometimes be felt as mid-back pain. One needs to take rx to cure the h. Pylori and for continued symptoms, consider an upper endoscopy. ...Read more

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I am terrified I have pancreatic cancer - mid epigastric burning every early morning (around 3-4am - it wakes me up). I also have mid back pain. 30 yr?

I am terrified I have pancreatic cancer - mid epigastric burning every early morning (around 3-4am - it wakes me up). I also have mid back pain. 30 yr?

2B brave act brave: Pancreatic cancer is unlikely but gastric reflux is very likely. You'll get endoscoped and probably treated. Get seen. In the meantime, see if propping the head of your bed up on cinder blocks and/or antacids over-the-counter helps. ...Read more

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Severe spine pain when pushed on gently, 2 spots one in lower one in mid back. Could this be spinal cancer? Chronic pain, had scoliosis xray 6 m ago.

Unlikely: Bone cancer does cause spinal pain but many other causes are more likely to be the source of your pain. Bone cancer is sometimes felt as a lump and is often worse at night. X-rays can be helpful as yours did not show signs of cancer. Other tests can be done if needed. If pain is chronic, it is more likely to be mechanical pain in joints, muscles, or due to disc problems. ...Read more

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Severe muscle pain in my mid back on both sides. When I went flat on my back the tightness from both of my spine into ribs expelling air from lungs.?

Severe muscle pain in my mid back on both sides. When I went flat on my back the tightness from both of my spine into ribs expelling air from lungs.?

Muscle spasm: Perhaps the large muscles of the back went into spasm. Since they are painful it may have caused you to exhale harder than usual. See a doctor for exam and treatment. Pain is not necessary to endure. ...Read more

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27 male worried about Pancreatic cancer, upper ab discomfort under left ribs, upper/mid back pain, indigestion. Should I be worried? What are chances?

27 male worried about Pancreatic cancer, upper ab discomfort under left ribs, upper/mid back pain, indigestion. Should I be worried? What are chances?

Wait to worry: Pancreatic Cancer typically affects people over the age of 50 years, so it is unlikely to be a cause of your symptoms at your age. Your symptoms may be all due to Acid reflux causing indigestion. You should try taking antacids of one kind or another. You may use one of: Maalox, Zantac, Pepecid or prilosec and try it for one week. If the symptoms go away, then the likely cause is Acid reflux (GERD) ...Read more

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I went to the ER with chest pains, an ECG showed no abnormalities. A doctor listened to my lungs with a stethascope, would this exam have highlighted pneumothorax? The pain is now in my mid back.

I went to the ER with chest pains, an ECG showed no abnormalities. A doctor listened to my lungs with a stethascope, would this exam have highlighted pneumothorax? The pain is now in my mid back.

Not your Heart: You have anxiety, panic, stress or all of the above. You did not need to go to the er. Heart troubles have a myriad of symptoms in a male. Yes, the exam, and vitals would have also ruled out a pneumothorax. Now. Lets deal with the underlying real problem which is that at 28 you are not managing your stress well. You are carrying it all in your chest and your chest muslces are tired or fatigued. ...Read more

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If mid back and abdominal discomfort were caused by pancreatic cancer, would not blood work be off in CBC, amylase, or lipase in a 27 yo male?

If mid back and abdominal discomfort were caused by pancreatic cancer, would not blood work be off in CBC, amylase, or lipase in a 27 yo male?

See below: Blood test results may be normal in a person with pancreatic cancer.
You, at 27, are unlikely to have pancreatic cancer.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Pancreatic cancer? Upper abdomen pain, some burning, mid back pain & hip, I do have poor posture.

Pancreatic cancer? Upper abdomen pain, some burning, mid back pain & hip, I do have poor posture.

RARE: Pancreatic cancer is rare comparing to other digestive disease cancer.
it could be your pancreas causing the pain,
it could be an ulcer, or gallbladder disease they all can cause same symptoms.
see your doctor, they will evaluate either assure you, or treat you.
start by watching your diet, take anti acid and medication from OTC, like zantaz, or prilosec.
either way see your doctor please.
good luck. ...Read more

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Sed rate 30 suppose to be under 20. Crp normal. All CBC and metabolic panel fine. Little low on vitamin d. Cancer? Mid back pain

Cancer?: It is very unlikely that you have any type of cancer with the information you provided. Your primary physician needs to find out cause of back pain likely it is mechanical back pain. Is there a strong family history of cancer in your family? ...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


Dr. David Cooke
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Lung Cancer (Definition)

Cancer that forms in tissues of the lung, usually in the cells lining air passages. The two main types are small cell lung cancer and ...Read more