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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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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 may be you have some problems in the lungs due to possible viral or bacterial infection. May be you want to check with chest xray. ...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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Nasal congestion, sneezing and runny nose, with upper back pain when breathing in deeply, with headache in front of head, is this cold related?

Seasonal flu: Seasonal flu it is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. If there is no improvement or sore throat is severe or lasts longer than another week, or you are getting joint pain
see your pcp for evaluation.
Hope it helps. ...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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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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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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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 accessory's 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 a 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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I have rapid breathing with wezzing and upper back pain. I have had pneumonia before could it be that again or a chest infection?

Get checked.: Pneumonia is a chest infection. Other serious problems can cause chest pain and wheezing with trouble breathing, including a blood clot in your lungs. Get seen TODAY and get treated. If you are having a lot of trouble breathing or your pain is severe, get checked NOW, and call for an ambulance, if you cannot get a ride to a nearby emergency department. ...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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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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Waht is the common cause of left upper back pain?

Nerve and/or disc: Different terms used to describe spinal disc pathology:
herniated disc, pinched nerve, and bulging disc.
However, pinched nerve and/or disc pain are most common cause of the back pain. ...Read more

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Left upper back pain. What can I take that would help?

Spine nerve irritate: Over the counter anti inflammatory medications may help following the instructions carefully. You can be having muscle spasms due to spinal nerve root irritation. If you have superficial muscle spasms, you can be helped usually by massage or hot packs. Massage that is helpful is usually enjoyable. If the massage causes you pain and is unpleasant, the massage is teasing the deep muscle spasms t. ...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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Upper back pain undef left shoulder?

Thoracic pain: This is unfortunately a very nonspecific complaint and could represent anything from scapulothoracic pathology to cervical radiculopathy to underlying chest pathology (i.e. Heart, lungs). If the pain has been present for over 6 weeks or is severe and waking you at night or if there are any other concerns then you should see a physician. ...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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38weeks+3 pregnant, painful middle to upper back pain on left side. Why is this?

Myofascial Pain: First, congratulations on your pregnancy. There could be a variety of causes, but most likely this is muscular or myofascial pain. With the added weight of the baby, change In your routine, and reduced sleep your are stressing your mid-back. I would suggest consider gentle massage treatment, trying to support and retract your shoulders and better support when sleeping. Hang in there and good luck ...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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Can upper back pain lead to left arm feeling heavy?

Yes: Sometimes a disc herniation will present as a deep achy pain or sharp pain along the scapula or shoulder blade on the same side as the arm affected which can feel heavy without any neck symptoms. This could also be a heart problem especially if it is affecting the left side. Rarely, a tumor in the top part of the lung on that side can present like this-a pancoast tumor. You should be evaluated. ...Read more

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