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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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If you have smoked for say, 20 years is it possible to exercise your lungs back to health.?

If you have smoked for say, 20 years is it possible to exercise your lungs back to health.?

Yes: But only if you quit smoking now. Lung function will improve, and exercise may help. ...Read more

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Pain in my back for a week and a half radiating from right to left side in my middle region where my lungs are? Not getting any better

Pain in my back for a week and a half radiating from right to left side in my middle region where my lungs are? Not getting any better

Pain: Couple of things can cause these symptoms. Gall stones can do this. Gastric and duodenal ulcers can do this. See a MD (internist) to figure it out for you and then put you on right therapy ...Read more

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Smoked from the age of 15 to age 23... Quit for good and now I am 51. Since 28 years smoke free, are my lungs back to normal or always a concern?

Smoked from the age of 15 to age 23... Quit for good and now I am 51. Since 28 years smoke free, are my lungs back to normal or always a concern?

Any damage: From past smoking would not be reversible. Lung function declines with age even in non smokers. Unless you were a very heavy smoker for 8 years there should not be major long term consequences. ...Read more

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Where is the lungs located in the back?

Under ribs: The lungs in the front and back are inside the rib cage. This is why doctors will place a stethoscope on the back as well as the front to evaluate the function of the lungs. ...Read more

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Where are the lungs located in the back?

Fronm neck down: From back of neck and shoulders to about one inch below scapula. ...Read more

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How can I get my lungs back to being fully functional after bronchitis?

How can I get my lungs back to being fully functional after bronchitis?

Don't smoke/exercise: Don't smoke or expose to second hand smoke and other irritants and stay active with exercises as tolerated. And eat properly, get good 7hours of sleep and avoid fatigue. ...Read more

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Do your lungs ever go back to normal after smoking? How much time would it take?

Do your lungs ever go back to normal after smoking? How much time would it take?

Yes: But it depends on how much damage is already done. If there is chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema (COPD), smoking cessation will allow a little bit of healing but, more importantly, NOT DOING MORE DAMAGE. If it is milder, complete healing may occur. It takes years for things to get back to normal. The black coloring in lungs (anthracosis) will not change, but doesn't effect function. ...Read more

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What are some ways for a child to strengthen his lungs back to normal after a bout of pneumonia?

What are some ways for a child to strengthen his lungs back to normal after a bout of pneumonia?

Time, usually: Most forms of pneumonia in children do not produce permanent changes in lung tissues, and with time and gradual increases in physical activity your child should recover uneventfully. If, however, they fail to do so, would strongly recommend they being seen by a pediatrician or pediatric pulmonologist. Truly believe and hope this will not be needed. Hope they get well soon. ...Read more

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How long does it take for ur body to get back to normal after smoking? I know my lungs will never be the same. I been smoking for 6 yrs.

How long does it take for ur body to get back to normal after smoking? I know my lungs will never be the same. I been smoking for 6 yrs.

One month: It take a while to completely get rid off the effect of nicotine on your body especially if you been smoking for long time, I found a month you should start feeling good. ...Read more

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Feels like there is fluid in my lungs after exercise. Is that normal? Not in greatest shape. Trying to get back in shape. HR after was 140 briefly

Feels like there is fluid in my lungs after exercise. Is that normal? Not in greatest shape. Trying to get back in shape. HR after was 140 briefly

Deconditioning: If overweight and not physical activity, tachycardia and shortness of breath can occur with exercise Need a physician evaluation to rule cardiac problems. An approach will be healthy living and regular exercise starting with walking as tolerated and gradually increase intensity. ...Read more

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Hi I have c o p d bronkitus and ashma I have a pain in the middle of my back at the top and my lungs feel fealy heavy can you help please thank you?

Go see a doctor now: Please call your doctor and get it evaluated today. With your combination of lung problems, you cannot wait for this. You may need to go to the ER if your doctor can't see you. You need a definite diagnosis, and you will likely need some medications to treat this. The heavy feeling in your chest could be a sign of a heart problem, so don't delay. This is worrisome. ...Read more

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Could you pop your back and puncture your lung?

Could you pop your back and puncture your lung?

Highly unlikely: You would have to break something that would then have to puncture the lining of your lung. ...Read more

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Pain n back 7mths after lung collapse?

Lung collapse: Pain not likelu related to the collapse per se. It could be related to the manner in which it was treated - for example chest tube or operation. That is if you are referring to pneumo thorax, air around the lung causing its collapse. ...Read more

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What if lung cancer spread to spine?

What if lung cancer spread to spine?

Depends: When cancer spreads to the spine it can weaken the vertebral bodies resulting in compression fractures. Severe fracture may cause impingement of the spinal cord requiring surgery to decompress and sometime stabilize the segment. ...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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Pain in my left side of back now pain is higher up at my lung?

Pain in my left side of back now pain is higher up at my lung?

Check: May be musculoskeletal. If OTC not helpful. Check it out with doc ...Read more

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Front of lungs ok base of back lungs sounds weezy. On levothyroxizne. She's 94?

Heart or lungs: Wheezing in a 94 year old could be of lung or cardiac origin (congestive heart failure). I recommend that a physician examine her as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment. ...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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I have pneumonia and have had fluids pulled off lungs. It keeps coming back. Why is this happening?

Pleural effusion: Pleural effusion or fluid around lungs is a common complication of pneumonia, occurs in 30-40% and a lot of time depends on what type of bacteria causing pneumonia. Sometimes when it's not adequately drained first time, it may require repeat drainage or even chest tube or surgery. Other underlying medical problems such as heart conditions or weakened immune system or smoking also prolong recovery ...Read more

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I have been backed up for a 11 days I gave myself an enema 4 days ago but I still have not had a natural BM. I have had 4 collapsed lungs. Help?

I have been backed up for a 11 days I gave myself an enema 4 days ago but I still have not had a natural BM. I have had 4 collapsed lungs. Help?

Constipation: You may need to try "unplugging" from above as well as enemas. If you do not have any medical issues that would not allow you to use laxative such as milk of magnesia, (magnesium hydroxide) I recommend you try this. Stay hydrated and eat fiber rich food as well. ...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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What are the possible causes of scarring in the lungs. My dad now 80 used to be a smoker but quit it some years back has this scarring in lungs. Help.

What are the possible causes of scarring in the lungs. My dad now 80 used to be a smoker but quit it some years back has this scarring in lungs. Help.

Probably just that: As doctors we don't usually call anything scars of the lungs so I can't be sure what you mean. Smoking may disrupt lung structure leading to what is called emphysema. Pulmonary fibrosis may occur spontaneously. Old pneumonia may leave permanent changes, which seems like a scar. There is no cure for these diseases but treatment may help. Your dad should get a lung specialist if at all possible. ...Read more

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Well I'm new to this site. I have asthma & ee. How do I get my lungs back into better shape after being so. Sick for the past few mos? Exercises? Help

Well I'm new to this site. I have asthma & ee. How do I get my lungs back into better shape after being so. Sick for the past few mos? Exercises? Help

I presume: That ee stands for eosinophlilic esophagitis. Asthma is often associated with this. I had one case of ee (if that is what the initials mean) who had severe vitamin b1 deficiency caused by a lifetime of sugar craving. I suggest that you stop all forms of sugar and sweeteners. ...Read more

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I have had some type of infection for about 23 days now in my lungs. Now today I have a pain in my upper right side in my back with taking a deep brea?

I have had some type of infection for about 23 days now in my lungs. Now today I have a pain in my upper right side in my back with taking a deep brea?

Need to be seen: Whether you were previously treated or not, it sounds like this is a new symptom and a thorough history and physical exam is needed to determine the cause of the ongoing infection, the new symptom, and the best treatment for you. ...Read more