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Sharp upper back pain on the left side when breathing deeply started after cycling It took more than 15 minutes until the pain disappeared...?

Sharp upper back pain on the left side when breathing deeply started after cycling It took more than 15 minutes until the pain disappeared...?

Upper back pain: The pain that you describe is typical of an inflamed rib head as it inserts into the spine. Anti-inflammatory medications, stretching and massage can help. Apply ice at night and moist warm heat in the morning. Chiropractors are helpful with this problem. Injection of the rib head with a cortisone shot is another treatment option. If the pain persists then a thoracic MRI scan is warranted. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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I have had sharp shooting chest pains both side accompanied by upper back pain between shoulder blades. Sometimes worse by breathing why is this?

I have had sharp shooting chest pains both side accompanied by upper back pain between shoulder blades.  Sometimes worse by breathing why is this?

Discuss with MD: You need an evaluation, it could be nothing but will need an evaluation and good physical exam, to rule out heart or lung causes. In your age group it is most likley musculoskeletel, but still warrants an evaluation. ...Read more

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Left upper back pain while breathing in and couging? Also, had dry cough for 2 weeks. Only 17

Left upper back pain while breathing in and couging? Also, had dry cough for 2 weeks. Only 17

Option: Chest Xray : This usually shows maybe you have some problems in the lungs due to possible viral or bacterial infection. Maybe you want to check with chest xray. ...Read more

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Really sore upper back pain on right-hand side when breathing in, stretching or sneezing.

Really sore upper back pain on right-hand side when breathing in, stretching or sneezing.

Differ diagn many: Here we need historly how long or trauma or cold or lifting weight at job most common causes be intercostal muscle pain, costochondritis ,scoliosis plus lungs diseas can mimic. Best is to see MD ASAP no need to wait or try pain killers or analgesics ...Read more

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Is there a connection between upper back pain and improper breathing?

Is there a connection between upper back pain and improper breathing?

Yes: Yes they can be serious or benign. If the rib muscles or more commonly a muscle like serratus anterior is weak, it can effect your breathing. But you need to rule out other causes from problems in your aorta to ball bladders. ...Read more

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Upper back pain when breathing in?

Upper back pain when breathing in?

Costochondritis: There are some patients who haven't back pain with breathing. This may be a sign of inflammation involving the soft tissue surrounding the ribs which is cartilage. This may be consistent with a diagnosis of costochondritis. I recommend seeing your primary care physician. If you need a rheumatology consult, I'll be happy to assist. ...Read more

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My son is haveing severe upper back pain when coughing and breathing?

My son is haveing severe upper back pain when coughing and breathing?

Seek help: This is not normal. I would recommend seeing an orthopaedic specialist for a formal work up. ...Read more

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Upper back pain and breathing problems. Are they related? My upper back has been in pain for over 6 months and I've noticed my breathing getting worse

Upper back pain and breathing problems. Are they related? My upper back has been in pain for over 6 months and I've noticed my breathing getting worse

Pleurisy: One possible cause of upper back pain with difficulty breathing could be pleurisy. You should get this examined, though, as it is abnormal to have "breathing problems." see your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 18 years old today I woke up with this upper back pain. Thinking it's my lungs. I've had slot of mucus the few months. I can feel it breathing?

I'm 18 years old today I woke up with this upper back pain. Thinking it's my lungs. I've had slot of mucus the few months. I can feel it breathing?

Heart or Lung?: While chest pain is often associated with heart problems, pain in the chest could be caused by musculoskeletal problems, lung conditions, or traumatic rib injuries.
The location, nature, or the intensity of pain could provide valuable information that may assist the doctors to zero in on the underlying cause. Chest xray and sputum (mucus) test may be needed since you have been suffering since mths. ...Read more

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Can forward head posture and rounded shoulders restrict your breathing? When taking a deep breath I have upper back pain and my accessorys are sore.

Contributing: Probably can cause some restrictive lung problems eventually but your problem is probably due to your underlying lung disease primarily. Your posture can also eventually lead to circulatory problems and neuro symptoms in your arms (thoracic outlet syndrome). I suspect that your underlying lung problems are severe. I wonder about an alpha-1=antitrypsin deficiency leading to severe emphysema. ...Read more

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Four weeks of nagging cough, headaches, upper back pain, chest tightness and difficulty when breathing. What is it?

Four weeks of nagging cough, headaches, upper back pain, chest tightness and difficulty when breathing. What is it?

Bronchitis is a: Possibility. Since this has been going on four 4 weeks and you have both difficulty breathing ; chest pain/ tightness — would encourage prompt medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Upper back pain between shoulder blade and spine, hurts when breathing in deeply. Slight mucus producing cough, what could it be?

Pleurisy: Sometimes if there's inflammation in the lungs due to infection il it might involve the outer lining of the lung which is called the pleura. If The pleura becomes irritated then you could have "pleurisy" which can cause pain in the chest when you take a deep breath. If you have a fever and the symptoms persist you should have this checked out by your physician ...Read more

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My son has upper back pain when coughing and breaving

My son has upper back pain when coughing and breaving

Sounds like he's : Coughing hard & has pleuritic chest pain; irritation of the lining around the lungs. Is he up-to-date on his immunizations? There have been some whooping cough (pertussis) outbreaks & older kids don't necessarily " whoop." he needs to see his pediatrician, who'll probably get a chesr xray & labs. Sadly, you shouldn't give him anything to suppress the cough unless his doctor gives the okay. ...Read more

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I have got upper back pain left side what's the problem?

I have got upper back pain left side what's the problem?

Muscle strain: Muscle strain. Use flexaril or skelaxin (metaxalone) with moist heat to the area. Pulmonary embolism ie blood clot to the lung is much less likely. ...Read more

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1 yr upper back pain. Now pain in left chest at the breastline. Pain only lasts seconds, usually when bending forward or lying on side. What causes this?

1 yr upper back pain. Now pain in left chest at the breastline. Pain only lasts seconds, usually when bending forward or lying on side. What causes this?

Mechanical: This is probably muscular. You need evaluation of musculoskeletal system. This will decide if it's muscle, bone, chest wall, lung, tendon, bursa, vertebral, etc. ...Read more

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How to treat severe upper back pain left side?

How to treat severe upper back pain left side?

Neck and back pain: The back pain can be caused by many issues such as muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... If you pain is severe, you should seek medical care as soon as possible for appropriate evaluation and treatment ...Read more

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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

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

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Hi. My husband had mid to upper back pain and has slowly moved to the front on left side. He assumed it was muscular but now I'm not so sure. Thank you

Don't know : By telling your doctor your age and length of time symptoms are present will help you get a much better opinion. Not enough information here; could be benign, could be serious. It would be more concerning if the pain traveled like a sword from the back to the front & would suggest medical evaluation asap. If traveled along the ribs, could be viral, nerves, somatic dysfunction, internal, .......... ...Read more

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Why am i having upper back pain left side under shoulder blade?

Very common: Very common to have pain in that area, especially during the computer age. Always ask for a chest x-ray just to be safe, but muscles and daily living are probably the issue. ...Read more

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Really bad upper back pain behind rib and down the left side what could be the cause of it? Muscles?

Really bad upper back pain behind rib and down the left side what could be the cause of it? Muscles?

Hard to say: Unless you injured it, it would be unusual to have really bad back pain from the muscles in your back. There are many potential causes some of which are musculoskeletal, but some which are not. A kidney infection, known as a pyelonephritis is just one example. Consider being checked. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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Have upper back pain, left side, started small area, now spreading some, hurts with soft touches and tshirt on, no brushing, didn't fall or hit myself?

Rash: If you are developing a rash as well this may be shingles. See you pcp sooner than later if there is a rash. This condition is best treated early on. ...Read more

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I had stabbing upper back pain on the left side then it resulted into sternum pain? What could it be?

I had stabbing upper back pain on the left side then it resulted into sternum pain? What could it be?

A variety of causes : There can be a lot of medical reasons for your discomfort. It can come from problems in your chest, your heart or even in the abdomen. This is something you need to have evaluated by a physician. The fact is the pain started in the back comes around to the front could suggest certain diagnoses. I think of the as pleurisy or other issues, I think of the heart such as pericarditis, and I think of the long, such as pleurisy or other issues, I think of the heart such as pericarditis, and I think of the abdomen such as the gallbladder but there could be other reasons besides the ...Read more

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Think I have a pinched nerve on the left side of my neck. Would i be getting pain when I turn my body to the left in my ribs and also upper back pain?

Think I have a pinched nerve on the left side of my neck. Would i be getting pain when I turn my body to the left in my ribs and also upper back pain?

Not typically: As a spine specialist, I can say that this is not a typical radiating pattern for cervical nerves.

Other possibilities would be myofascial trigger points, cervical facet referred pain, rib "subluxation/fixation", etc. ...Read more