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Pain In Upper Back Hurts To Breathe
Several Possibilities: This likely is a simple back strain as upper back muscles do expand during breathing and if strained, will cause pain. However, if you have chest pain, shortness of breath and new swelling to one of your legs, take birth control/smoke, have a history of cancer, a recent surgery -- pulmonary embolism while unlikely, is a possibility. Contact me if you would like to discuss further. ...Read more
Slept wrong on my back when I was sleeping. Horrible upper back pain hurts to breathe and feel nausea what could this be?
Costochondritis: Costochondritis is inflammation of cartilage between the ribs and is associated with a viral illness, smoking, and other causes such as trauma to the area, physical activity straining the rib cage, arthritis and other causes. Try ice on area, ibruprofen/tylenol to relieve pain, avoid activity that makes it hurt. Chk with doctor for source of pain. Chest xray/physical therapy may help. ...Read more
Sharp pain in left upper back, hurts constantly, more when breathe or move, pain radiates to neck shoulder and rarely left bicep. 3 day gettin worse?
From your description the pain most likely is muscular and taking Motrin may help. If there is any difficulty breathing, please go to the ED for evaluation.
Avoid muscular strain and using a heating pad are other measures which can provide relief. If the pain persists, worsens or is associated with any other symptoms, please see your PCP. ...Read more
Severe upper back pain with nausea, diarrhea, cold sweats & hurts to breathe. Always happens bw 3-4 am. Wakes me from my sleep. I havehigh cholesterol?
I caught a breath taking sharp upper back pain in my left side that shot to my abd in the same spot can it be a spasm? On hurts on deep breath
It could be: The doctors who ordered your test would have the best idea, since the considered most of the options. Would obviously also consider things in your upper belly on the left side, since your diaphragm, a dome shaped muscle under your lung, flattens during a deep breath, and pushes on the contents of your upper abdomen. ...Read more
Really painful right upper back pain. When I breath it hurts and any movement causes more pain, can't lay down without feeling the pain in my back.?
ER: Either referred pain from gallbladder or pleuritic pain from your lungs. Possibly a pulled muscle; however this need immediate attention. ...Read more
Dull upper back pain every time I twist my body or turn my head. It sometimes hurts when I take deep breath but not alwayswhat could be the cause?
A disc injury: Lower cervical and upper thoracic disc injury can be the cause. ...Read more
Doctor can evaluate: Several possible reasons in a young adult, but one's doctor may want to check for a collapsed lung (pneumothorax, due to air leaking from inside the lung through it's lining, out into the space between the lung and the ribs). The site of the leak has some damage, which may heal itself. The leaked air stays inside the rib cage and takes up space, preventing the lung from fully inflating. ...Read more
My middle and upper back hurts, hurts to breathe like a tingling pain down my spine what can I do to get rid of the pain?
Please have someone take you to the nearest Emergency facility for evaluation and care.
Things should go OK! ...Read more
I get upper back pain especially around shoulder blades. It hurts more when moving & sometimes when taking a deep breath. I do carry my 3yr old a lot.?
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
I have constant chest/upper back pain (hurts to move, lie down, breathe). Had CT and cardiac. Sometimes it refers pain to the bottom of my chin/lower teeth. This worries me a bit. Why does it happen?
Could be: Maladjustment of your spine. It can cause all of you pain and proper realignment can fix it, now that all the bad stuff is ruled out. You need to find a good chiropractor to check it out and at least see it that is the problem. A good reputable chiropractor won't take your case if there is no benefit. ...Read more
Symptoms: headaches, neck, shoulder and upper back pain, chest tightness on left side, sometimes hurts to sit up, jaw pain, short of breath...Why?
Myofascial pain syndrome. In addition to local tenderness, referred pain. Mfp is characterized by other associated symptoms:
increased muscle fatigue and stiffness, a mildly restricted motion, pain when the muscle is stretched, and a subjective feeling of weakness in the muscle. Headache, vertigo, visual disturbances and jaw pain may also be present.
See pain management specialist for diagnosis. ...Read more
A few things: Serious problems such as pleurisy are possible. In my practice, most such pain is due to a malfunctioning rib. Ribs should 'go up' in front and 'down' in back with inhalation and do the opposite during exhalation. When one or more ribs 'get stuck, ' pain-from ache to severe sharp in front &/or back can occur. A good history & osteopathic hands-on exam could determine cause. Manipulation may fix it. ...Read more
All of a sudden I started having sharp upper back pain specially when I breathe should I be concern?
Sharp pain: With breathing, you should have it investigated by pcp. ...Read more
Mild upper back pain for months. Yesterday was terrible when coughing. Today its harder to breathe than normal. Could this be a sign of pe?
Could always be: Could always be a sign even though doubtful. If these symptoms persist or increase you need it worked up. ...Read more
Severe/moderate dull upper back pain that never goes away, gets worse at night, and it always cracks whenever I move or breathe. (im 16) what is it?
DO YOU SMOKE:
The first question do you smoke if you do most likely it is related to smoking
second question are you coughing and is your cough dry or productive the cough could be the result of smoking most smokers have morning cough that they keep coughing until either brake a rib
talking about ribs have you have any accident recently or a fight that cause direct trauma to your ribs that is very painful. ...Read more
I'm only 18 but have had an upper back pain for nearly a month now when I breathe in. Please, any help what what it is?
See details: There are several possible causes. It may be musculoskeletal but pleurisy is another possible cause. Have it evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more
I am sick and have been having some severe coughing attacks. I was coughing and now I am having upper back pain when I breathe, cough and move.?
I have severe upper back pain that gets worse when I take a deep breath. Lower back is also very painful. Any ideas what is or could be causing this?
Pain upper back w/deep breath. I do have chronic back pain, and im getting over a cold. I'm on penicillin now, for a abcess. Can these cause upper back pain?
Pleurisy (Pleuritis): You are likely having pleurisy (pleuritis). Go see your doctor. Typical if this is all that it is, a prescription of nsaids like Ibuprofen will help take care of it. But you have to go and ensure there is nothing else that could be irritating the lining of your lungs like a collection, etc. This is likely unrelated to your chronic back pain. ...Read more
I was coughing and now I am having upper back pain when I breathe, cough and move? Is it my back or my lungs.
Productive cough?: If you are having productive sputum (cough) that's not relieved by your otc meds, it's time to see your doctor for a lung exam, (and possible chest xray) to rule out an uri, from walking pneumonia, depending on other factors /symptoms (fever, chills, etc). They may have to start you on antibiotics if warranted. Since your lungs are involved, it can affect your uppoer back if you cough a lot. ...Read more
What can cause upper back pain at the center- close to shoulder, when sneezing or taking deep breath?
It's most: Probably from repetitive musculo-skeletal strain from breathing and especially sneezing. Suggest a check up with your doctor. ...Read more
Can stress and depression cause physical symptoms like upper back pain and shortness or breath, even at rest? 39y female.
See your doctor: It is possible to experience pain symptoms secondary to stress and depression. See your doctor for a physical exam to rule out other medical causes of your symptoms. Once other causes are ruled out, your doctor may suggest antidepressant medication to try to help reduce your symptoms. Depression and pain often coexist. It is important to treat both simultaneously. ...Read more
Pain in chest, short of breath at night, upper back pain, this is on-going and I have it quite regularly, it gets worse at night.
See a doctor: You need to see a doctor to conduct through investigation of your symptoms and physical examination. This could be anything or nothing. ...Read more
Severe upper back pain. Kind of takes my breath away. I've experienced this pain a couple times before. What could this be? (not kidney stones been ✔
I have upper back pain (left and right) when I breath in or sneeze. What could this be? Gall bladder?
Ribs or lungs: See your doctor for evaluation. Usually gallbladder related issues are associated with food eaten, not sneezing or breathing. ...Read more
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