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Dr. Heidi Fowler
4,749 Doctors shared insights

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


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I am experiencing severe back pain. The following also describe me: Back pain and Shortness of breath. What should I do?

I am experiencing severe back pain. The following also describe me: Back pain and Shortness of breath. What should I do?

To ER now!: Severe pain or new shortness of breath can be serious. Both together is even more alarming. The problem could be due to heart or lung disease. Please call 911 since you are short of breath and that combined with pain makes driving yourself dangerous and will alarm anyone else driving you. Also, EMT's can begin treatment right away, saving time if this is a heart attack or you need oxygen. ...Read more

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History of IgG and lambda in blood having further testing. I'm having upper back pain and shortness of breath. Is this related see hemo doc in 2 weeks.

History of IgG and lambda in blood having further testing. I'm having upper back pain and shortness of breath. Is this related see hemo doc in 2 weeks.

Lambda: Is your igg monoclonal? Everyone has both kappa and lambda light chains in their blood. May or may not be related depending on severity, final diagnosis by hematologist. ...Read more

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Had chest CT scan 3 months ago and was clear. Now I still have chest and back pain and shortness of breath. Can it be lung cancer even after clear ct?

Had chest CT scan 3 months ago and was clear. Now I still have chest and back pain and shortness of breath. Can it be lung cancer even after clear ct?

Yes, but not likely: Unlikely in your age group anyway, but especially with normal ct. Nonetheless, almost anything is essentially possible. I would be more concerned about blood clots or other conditions with those symptoms.
Either way- stop smoking! ...Read more

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Have butterfly rash on face lower back pain joint pain and shortness of breath and feel sore all over body what could be causing this?

Have butterfly rash on face lower back pain joint pain and shortness of breath and feel sore all over body what could be causing this?

See your doctor: Several conditions such as lupus, spondyloarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or viral infections can cause some of these symptoms. Your doctor can do testing to help explain them. ...Read more

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Can back pain cause a shortness of breath?

Can back pain cause a shortness of breath?

Back pain: Upper back or rib pains can cause shortness of breath but I do not usually see lower back pain causing this. Pain and spasms can "take your breath away" because of the sharp pains but that would be the only relationship. ...Read more

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Back pain in the middle of my back on the right side worsens when im laying on my back and shortness of breath?

Need an evaluation: To understand the cause and the treatment, please seek medical advice in person, right now. Go. Thank you. ...Read more

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4 week cough side back pain shortness of breath?

4 week cough side back pain shortness of breath?

Chest X-ray: I would send you for a chest x-ray to rule out pneumonia, empyema, and simultaneous pneumonia with chf. ...Read more

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What could chest and back pain along with shortness of breath indicate?

What could chest and back pain along with shortness of breath indicate?

Muscle strain: Shortness of breath (sob) could be from many things such as asthma and infections like bronchitis and pneumonia. Infections could cause chest and back pain. Sob can go along with coughing. Coughing could lead to muscle strain which in turn can lead to chest and back pain. ...Read more

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I sprayed my weeds I inhaled the bleach and no I have shortness of breath, burning throat, and chest and back pain?

I sprayed my weeds I inhaled the bleach and no I have shortness of breath, burning throat, and chest and back pain?

Bleach inhaled.: You should be checked soon for any chemical burns from the inhaled bleach. Shortness of breath and wheezing should not be overlooked after such exposure. ...Read more

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3 days ago I had gripping chest and back pain that lasted 3 or so hours. I had no shortness of breath and it didn't hurt when I breathed. What is it?

3 days ago I had gripping chest and back pain that lasted 3 or so hours. I had no shortness of breath and it didn't hurt when I breathed. What is it?

It could be terrible: Or it could be nothing. You should discuss this with your doctor. It could be serious, and there is no way to tell on the internet. Good luck. ...Read more

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I am suffering from severe back pain, shortness of breath and am coughing up a little blood. What should I do?

I am suffering from severe back pain, shortness of breath and am coughing up a little blood. What should I do?

See your doctor: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Chest and back pain, shortness of breath has been consistent for the past few hours. Should I go to the ER or is it not a big deal?

Chest and back pain, shortness of breath has been consistent for the past few hours. Should I go to the ER or is it not a big deal?

Chest pain and sob: This combination is always worth getting checked out. While it can be due to musculoskeletal causes in the chest wall it can also be serious problems like pulmonary embolus. ...Read more

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My friend is wanting to know if its dangerous to have small kidneys? She has been having a lot of back pain, chills and shortness of breath.

Lungs?: Kidneys vary in size a little. What do you mean small and why are they small? If she has a chronic kidney disease and her kidneys are small as a result of that it could be related to her current symptoms. If she has mildly small kidneys and normal function this is not likely relatedat all. I wonder if her symptoms are more related to her lungs which can produce pain, chills and short breath. ...Read more

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Have lower back pain difficulty walking more than 200m shortness of breath. Any idea what the problem could be?

Have lower back pain difficulty walking more than 200m shortness of breath. Any idea what the problem could be?

DOE w/ LBP: The cause of shortness of breath with activity (dyspnea on exertion) and lower back pain cannot be readily known by a physician unless you are seen by the doctor in person for an evaluation. These two complaints are very general, have a myriad of causes and likely involve more than one body system or organ. Any answer would be speculative. Seek proper medical evaluation when in doubt. ...Read more

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I been having shortness of breath for approx 4 days, the feeling to inhale deeply, dry cough, weakness, sometimes chest and back pain?

I been having shortness of breath for approx 4 days, the feeling to inhale deeply, dry cough, weakness, sometimes chest and back pain?

Shortness of breath: Hi, I suggest that you see your provider for evaluation, having shortness of breath with deep breathing is not normal and could be a sign of infection in lung. ...Read more

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Shortness of breath for approx 4 days, the feeling to inhale deeply, dry cough, weakness, sometimes chest and back pain? Should I go to Emergency?

Shortness of breath for approx 4 days, the feeling to inhale deeply, dry cough, weakness, sometimes chest and back pain? Should I go to Emergency?

Shortness of breath: Yes. If you have to ask the question, then trust your instincts and go to the emergency room. Four days with shortness of breath requires medical attention. ...Read more

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Right mass on teste, swollen, hurts, back pain, shortness of breath. If its not testicular cancer than what is it?

Right mass on teste, swollen, hurts, back pain, shortness of breath. If its not testicular cancer than what is it?

Need exam: Any testicular mass especially at your age warrants further evaluation, a sonogram needs to be done. There area different things should be considered- besides testicular cancer- including inflammation, testicular torsion, hernia, fluids collection etc. I am not sure why you have shortness of breath-may be related to the pain or may be completely different reason. Go to see pmd or er for work up. ...Read more

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Second day with shortness of breath. Some back pain but feels muscular. If it was a blood clot in lungs would it have gotten worse by now?

Breathless: Unexplained breathlessness needs prompt evaluation, specifically a pulmonary embolus may or may not cause serial worsening of symptoms-it is variable. ...Read more

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I have a pressure on my left side, back pain, dry cough, severe fatigue, shortness of breath and bad headaches, what could be causing this?

I have a pressure on my left side, back pain, dry cough, severe fatigue, shortness of breath and bad headaches, what could be causing this?

Many things: The left sided pressure if in the chest and occurring with exertion could be coronary artery disease. The cough, fatigue and shortness of breath could be heart failure, pneumonia, or lung cancer. These are the most serious possibilities, but there are many more that are less serious. The headache and back pain could be separate and there are multiple possibilities for these. ...Read more

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Back pain in upper right side. The pain is worsened by lying down, laughing, leaning forward. No shortness of breath. No issues moving arm around.

Back pain in upper right side. The pain is worsened by lying down, laughing, leaning forward. No shortness of breath. No issues moving arm around.

Upper back strain: More commonly this is a muscle strain. It can be very uncomfortable initially and debilitating.
Heat. Stretch. Massage may help. If it persists beyond 10days without improving then considering seeing a physician. Physical therapy is often considered. ...Read more

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SL reconstruction using autograft yesterday, with an on-Q attached to shoulder. Shortness of breath, and lower back pain. Anxiety, or side effects?

SL reconstruction using autograft yesterday, with an on-Q attached to shoulder. Shortness of breath, and lower back pain. Anxiety, or side effects?

Be seen: Any complaints of shortness of breath postoperatively is something taken very seriously in general. I would call Your surgeon and make sure he is aware and then follow his recommendations. Likely he will recommend you come in to be seen. ...Read more

Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Shortness Of Breath (Definition)

Breathlessness is the sensation of not being able to catch one's breath. It may be seen in asthma, heart failure, ...Read more


Dr. Qamar Khan
3,461 Doctors shared insights

Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back = dorsalgia = discomfort of any ...Read more