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Can your lungs hurt in the front and back?

Can your lungs hurt in the front and back?

Yes they can: Cause mostly upper and middle lobes of lung will cause pain in front while lower lobes will cause pain in back. ...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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How can I tell if its my lungs or back that hurt?

How can I tell if its my lungs or back that hurt?

Other symptoms?: Usually, conditions that cause pains from the lungs, or from the lining surrounding the lungs, would cause respiratory symptoms - cough, shortness of breath, wheezing - while those causing back pains would cause more postural symptoms - worse when sitting, or walking, or lying down, or bending over. That's one way to tell, but a directed physical examination by a doctor would be ideal. ...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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It hurts my back when I breathe. Does this mean there's something wrong with my lungs?

It hurts my back when I breathe. Does this mean there's something wrong with my lungs?

Can be.: Plurusy is a simple explanation for your age. Bad lungs because of smoking, spinal injury, arthritis of spine, herpes zoster can cause it. See pmd. ...Read more

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Hi: I have a pain in my middle back, the right side, I think is my lung. It hurts more when I wake up. I guess is my bed, but I don't know, help me?

Hi: I have a pain in my middle back, the right side, I think is my lung. It hurts more when I wake up. I guess is my bed, but I don't know, help me?

Prob not lung: If mattress to blame, likely musculo-skeletal issue. Can try rotating/flipping mattress (or just reverse sleep position) & see if resolves issue--then need mattress. If not, should see your dr / urgent care for exam and treatment recommendations. ...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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So I have been having a pressure pain on the left side of my back near my lungs area, it hurts when I take a deep breath and also when I turn.

So I have been having a pressure pain on the left side of my back near my lungs area, it hurts when I take a deep breath and also when I turn.

Back pain/pressure: Back pain or pressure feeling can be caused by many things. As described, a back muscle strain/sprain may cause your issues. Take some nsaids and try a warm compress to the area and see the Dr. For an evaluation. ...Read more

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Have bronchitis and my back/ribs really hurt. Not from coughing since I haven't coughed much. Are my lungs swollen?

Have bronchitis and my back/ribs really hurt. Not from coughing since I haven't coughed much. Are my lungs swollen?

Pain: No, it's most probably a sign of persist lung inflammation and pleurisy. It takes time to resolve Up to 2 weeks ...Read more

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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

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Why do my lungs hurt when I breath in? I don't have a fever or cough. It also hurts my upper middle back when I blow out.

Lungs hurt: There are several reasons that can cause pain in your lungs when breathing in or out. Trauma to the ribs can cause problems, pleurasy is another cause. Throwing emboli may be another cause. In short see a pulmonologist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Yesterday I had gastro, today I woke up feeling completely fine. But when I laugh or cough it hurts in my back around lungs area?

Yesterday I had gastro, today I woke up feeling completely fine. But when I laugh or cough it hurts in my back around lungs area?

Gastro: Go back to your gastroenterologist and have him/her check you for a possible complication as a result of the procedure. ...Read more

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I accidentally started a grease fire yesterday anf inhaled a lot of smoke, and today my back and lungs are killing me plus hurts to cough.

I accidentally started a grease fire yesterday anf inhaled a lot of smoke, and today my back and lungs are killing me plus hurts to cough.

Go to ER: You need to be evaluated by a medical professional. You could have serious respiratory problems requiring treatment or observation. Those things are unlikely, but only an evaluation will tell. ...Read more

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When I lay down on my back, my chest hurts, superiorly approximately on the apex of the left lung, knowing that I smoke, should I check?

When I lay down on my back, my chest hurts, superiorly approximately on the apex of the left lung, knowing that I smoke, should I check?

Probably not: Chest pain that occurs only in certain positions is generally not related to a disorder of the heart or lungs. It is typically a musculoskeletal pain that resolves with time and\or mild painkillers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Alleve.
It is imperative that you stop smoking. There is no reason to damage your heart and lungs while increasing your risk of bladder and other cancers. Stop while you can. ...Read more

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I have chest pain my lungs hurt when breathing with back pain that's 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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Can u tell me what cause so much of pain in back have COPD 3 spot on lung cought all time hurt to breaher in deep?

Many possibilities: Age not given nor if you do or don't smoke or if you did in the past. Cough can be related to a constant irritation of your lung tubes or an irritating process in your lung breathing tissue. The cough could be related to the "spots" in your lung. Hard and/or frequent cough can hurt the back and strain chest wall muscles. You need to see your Dr. Soon for full evaluation. Spot cause must be IDed. ...Read more

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My husband says his lower lungs in his back hurt, and the lower middle abdomen, he has diareah, and has been vomitting on and off, what could this be?

My husband says his lower lungs in his back hurt, and the lower middle abdomen, he has diareah, and has been vomitting on and off, what could this be?

Many possiblities: The symptoms you describe above could be attributable to something as simple as a viral illness or something more serious. Its best to see a doctor in person for a proper evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 28 year old female to get lung cancer in a smoker I smoke 10-14 smokes a day my upper back always hurts?

Is it possible for a 28 year old female to get lung cancer in a smoker I smoke 10-14 smokes a day my upper back always hurts?

Possible: But not likely. Would still suggest that you bring it up at next visit with your PCP. Make sure you are able to characterize your pain and how it relates to different circumstances. Not too late to cut down or quit smoking. ...Read more

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I have been sick with a cold for ten days, my lungs, head, back hurt from coughing for hard. Flem is light yellow or clear. What do I have?

Viral illness: You probably had a viral flu, but since it has lasted ten days, see your doctor to make sure you haven't developed a secondary infection. ...Read more

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When I take a heavy breath my left back side where my lungs and ribs are hurt like a sore really painful feeling, can you please tell what's happenin?

See your doctor: Pain in the back of the chest, when taking a deep breath, can be caused by several conditions. The ribs or muscles might be sore, but they should also be sore when you push on the spot. The lining of the lung ("pleura") may also be inflamed, and this is usually a sharper kind of pain. It would be wise to let your doctor examine you and possibly order tests to determine the exact cause. ...Read more

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When I breathe deeply my what feels like lung hurt. Especially when lying down. More on my back. Been 2 weeks. Cant take a deep breath?

When I breathe deeply my what feels like lung hurt. Especially when lying down. More on my back. Been 2 weeks. Cant take a deep breath?

Lung pain: Sounds like some type of process causing pleurisy. This can be from a number of reasons. Some benign like viral pleurisy, but pneumonia or even more dangerous things like pulmonary embolus can cause the pain. Two weeks and not improving, probably worth getting checked. ...Read more

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I have a sharp pain ay my left side upper chest that hurts at my left lower shoulder blade as well. I know it's at my lung. Is it pleurisy?

I have a sharp pain ay my left side upper chest that hurts at my left lower shoulder blade as well. I know it's at my lung. Is it pleurisy?

Shoulder pain: Pleurisy typically hurts more with breathing. Pain with shoulder movement is more likely related to the muscles of the shoulder blade. ...Read more

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My back and heart or lung hurts when I sneeze. How do I stop this?

My back and heart or lung hurts when I sneeze. How do I stop this?

If you are: Healthy possibly due back and chest muscle sprain. If no other symptoms like fever, heart palpitations, wheezing, shortness of breath or history of high blood pressure try otc non steroidal antiinflammatory drugs like alive twice a day with foods. ...Read more

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Had X-ray 1yr ago (back pain) had small spot on rt upper lung, dr said calci. Now it hurts there when I take deep breath, fmr smoker, should I worry?

Had X-ray 1yr ago (back pain) had small spot on rt upper lung, dr said calci. Now it hurts there when I take deep breath, fmr smoker, should I worry?

Yes: Suggest repeat cxr as any spot on lung should be followed for stability in its appearance. Also suggest pulmonary function testing due to smoking history. ...Read more

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Top of my shoulders and in between my shoulder blades hurt with occasional pain in upper left arm. Been going on a 2weeks now. Is that lung or spine?

Top of my shoulders and in between my shoulder blades hurt with occasional pain in upper left arm. Been going on a 2weeks now. Is that lung or spine?

Varies, be seen: You are right, there are a number of possibilities including the lung and the spine. Women are also notorious for having cardiac ischemia presenting in unusual ways. When pain runs into the left shoulder like you are describing, it is concerning for a cardiac event. I would encourage you to be seen just to make sure it is not something potentially life threatening. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my left lung hurts when I cough? My lower left back of the rib cage hurts when I cough. I currently have a cold\ sinus infect.

What does it mean if my left lung hurts when I cough? My lower left back of the rib cage hurts when I cough. I currently have a cold\ sinus infect.

Let me explain: Pneumonia often mimics the flu, beginning with a cough and a fever, so you may not realize you have a more serious condition. Symptoms can vary depending on your age and general health.
The symptoms:
fever
lower-than-normal body temperature in older people
cough
shortness of breath
sweating
shaking chills
chest pain that fluctuates with breathing (pleurisy)
headache
muscle pain
fatigue. ...Read more

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History of Chest pain, hurts when moving around, bending. When laying down back hurts between shoulder blade, rattling in lungs, difficulty breathing.

History of Chest pain, hurts when moving around, bending. When laying down back hurts between shoulder blade, rattling in lungs, difficulty breathing.

Too many symptoms--: For me to sort out what is going on in this forum, but many are serious enough that you should see a doctor ASAP!!! Good luck. ...Read more

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I recently sneezed alot and experienced pins and needles in my neck and shoulders. Right now, the left side of my shoulder blade and lung hurts.

I recently sneezed alot and experienced pins and needles in my neck and shoulders. Right now, the left side of my shoulder blade and lung hurts.

Probable pneumonia: It is likely that you have a viral pneumonia, possibly influenza. I would suggest that you seek medical attention however, as the pins and needles sensation and lung hurting description could represent a cardiac problem ...Read more

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Hi doctor I wanted to ask About if there happens to be something with my lungs because I get shortness of breath my chest often hurts and my upper back and the bottom of my ribs in my front side?

Hi doctor I wanted to ask About if there happens to be something with my lungs because I get shortness of breath my chest often hurts and my upper back and the bottom of my ribs in my front side?

Please get evaluated: Shortness of breath associated with chest pain should always be check out. The location of the chest pain sounds more consistent with musculoskeletal pain, which could be associated with hyperventilation, but primary lung disease like asthma or cardiac condition needs to be ruled out. Start with your family doctor who may referred to a specialist such as a pulmonologist. ...Read more