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Why does my right upper back hurt when i take a deep breath?

Why does my right upper back hurt when i take a deep breath?

Lung Inflammation?: You may have inflammation in your lungs, and when you take a deep breath and your lungs expand, that is causing your discomfort. Pleuritis is possible. You may have a muscle sprain as well, and when you use your accessory muscles to breath, that are aches you. See a dr. If it persists to get a proper diagnosis. Goodluck. ...Read more

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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


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Why does my upper abdomen and upper back hurt?

Why does my upper abdomen and upper back hurt?

Need evaluation: Anatomically, the upper abdomen includes: spleen, pancreas, stomach, descending duodenum, mid colon & flexures, associated vessels & aorta, liver, gallbladder, biliary tree. Don't forget the diaphragm, heart, & lower chest are pretty close by. Many of these organs & areas "refer" pain to the back. An exam is appropriate for clarity of diagnosis & treatment--please see your doctor next. ...Read more

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Why does my upper back around the spine hurt so much?

Evaluation: Best advice is to get a physical exam with a spine specialist. Make sure that the neck gets a complete evaluation as well, since many neck conditions can have referred pain to the upper back and scapula regions. ...Read more

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Why does my upper back between my scapulae hurt whenever I breathe deeply?

Why does my upper back between my scapulae hurt whenever I breathe deeply?

Go get checked out: If one is having pleuritic pain (pain when one breathes deeply), associated with fast heart beat and gasping for air, all occurring at the same time, not resolving, lasting longer than about 10minutes , then it is best to call 911, especially if one recently travelled long distances (ex: >4 hours by car/plane without moving around), had recent surgery, smoke, and/or take birth control pills. ...Read more

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Why does the left side of my upper back hurt when I turn my head to the left?

Why does the left side of my upper back hurt when I turn my head to the left?

Upper back pain: It might be due to straining of left upper back muscle and tendons. Pain is generally in the area between shoulder blade and spines. ...Read more

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Pain on my upper back hurt when i cough and take deep breath no fever, no flu or cold has been 2 days, what maybe be?

Pain on my upper back hurt when i cough and take deep breath no fever, no flu or cold has been 2 days, what maybe be?

Diaphragm pain: Irritation of the diaphragm from abdominal or chest can be referred toor felt in the shoulder. That is the muscle that expands the chest when you breathe. Coughing can be due to allergies, some medications, reflux, viral or bacterial illness among other things. I hope. ...Read more

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My heart is pounding so hard it is making my upper back hurt. Is this normal? My chest feels heavy and it makes me slightly short of breath. This has been going on for nearly 2 months off and on. Is it possibly just stress related?

It : It sounds like you may have a dysrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat) that is occurring intermittently. There are several types of dysrhythmia that can cause the symptoms you describe, but paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia, or psvt (see link below), is a fairly common dysrhythmia that can cause your heart rate to increase far beyond normal. Whenever your heart beats faster, it requires more oxygen to compensate for the increased workload. If your coronary arteries cannot supply enough blood to meet this demand, chest or back pain (angina) can result. If this situation persists, you could have a heart attack. Stress, caffeine, alcohol, and certain medications can increase the irritability of your heart and make a dysrhythmia worse, but in most cases the "trigger" for the abnormal rhythm is already present somewhere in the tissues of your heart. Other conditions, such as anemia, could contribute to your symptoms, as well. In healthy, young adults, psvt is typically well-tolerated, but any time a dysrhythmia causes angina, chest pressure, shortness of breath, or fainting, urgent medical evaluation is warranted. All things considered, i think your body is sending you a message. Whatever is going on here, your heart doesn't seem to be tolerating it. Call your doctor as soon as possible for an evaluation. Good luck! http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001235/. ...Read more

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My stomach and upper back hurt alot?

More info: Your symptoms are nonspecific but more description is needed. If these symptoms persist you should see your physician for diagnosis and treatment. He/she will order the appropriate tests. ...Read more

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Lower and upper back pain can't lay on my back hurts to much and im only 24 years old?

Lower and upper back pain can't lay on my back hurts to much and im only 24 years old?

Need Evaluation: Please see your medical doctor to basic evaluation of your back. You might find simple recommendations once the cause of your pain is identified. Good luck! ...Read more

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Severe upper back pain when initially lying down. Hurts in chest too. Anything serious? Been going on for 5 months getting worse

Severe upper back pain when initially lying down. Hurts in chest too. Anything serious? Been going on for 5 months getting worse

Back pain : It's difficult to determine the cause of the pain based on the limited description of symptoms. However progressive pain which is ongoing for five months is a red flag. I would recommend that you see a spine specialist or neurosurgeon to determine the cause of the pain and begin a treatment plan to eliminate it. ...Read more

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Have a lot of upper back pain, when I bend over to stretch it out it will make a popping or crunching noise and feel great then it hurts more and more?

Adjustment: it sound that you might need adjustment proper one you can visit a chiropractor or have your doctor order you evaluation by physical therapy either one can evaluate you and treat you and adjust your back you can take ibuprofen and heat pad and follow exercise you find either on our site for the treatment of back pain or google exercise for back pain 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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Left side of back hurt 2 mths. Took muscle relaxers heat/cold massage and nothing is there anything else could be pain in left upper back and middle?

Left side of back hurt 2 mths.  Took muscle relaxers heat/cold massage and nothing is there anything else could be pain in left upper back and middle?

Exercise: Low back pain is very common and could come from a variety of sources. Pain could be caused by muscle, joint, disc or nerve injuries to name just a few. Early return to activity and exercise is the best initial treatment combined with anti-inflammatories. Pain that lasts longer then a few weeks should really be evaluated by a back specialist to diagnose the exact cause. ...Read more

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My daughter woke up Today with sharp upper back pain and shoulder pain. It hurts whenever she is bending down or coughing. What Can it be?

My daughter woke up Today with sharp upper back pain and shoulder pain. It hurts whenever she is bending down or coughing. What Can it be?

Rib/vertebral dysf: Sounds like rib or vertebral dysfunction.Must rule out lung or other serious problem, but key may be pain w/bending.Ribs/vertebrae can get 'locked' for seemingly no reason-even during sleep & hurt w/coughing or certain movements.A good history & physical incl hands-on osteopathic exam may be the best way to find the cause.Osteopathic manipulation can free them & relieve the pain. ...Read more

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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. ?

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