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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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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