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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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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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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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I get upper back pain especially around shoulder blades. It hurts more when moving & sometimes when taking a deep breath. I do carry my 3yr old a lot.?

Spine: Without a history of trauma, shoulder blade pain can be caused by poor posture, a bad disc in the spine, or an irritated nerve in the neck. See your doctor if this pain lasts greater than 2 weeks. ...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!
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What causes sharp upper back pain when taking a deep breath?

What causes sharp upper back pain when taking a deep breath?

Several things: It could be from a cracked rib or inflamed rib joint. A blood clot caught in the lungs can do this. Irritation of the lung lining can do it too. If you are having trouble catching your breath, call your doctor or go to an urgent care or emergency room. ...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

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Pain upper back w/deep breath. I do have chronic back pain, and im getting over a cold. I'm on penicillin now, for a abcess. Can these cause upper back pain?

Pain upper back w/deep breath. I do have chronic back pain, and im getting over a cold. I'm on penicillin now, for a abcess. Can these cause upper back pain?

Pleurisy (Pleuritis): You are likely having pleurisy (pleuritis). Go see your doctor. Typical if this is all that it is, a prescription of nsaids like Ibuprofen will help take care of it. But you have to go and ensure there is nothing else that could be irritating the lining of your lungs like a collection, etc. This is likely unrelated to your chronic back pain. ...Read more

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What can cause upper back pain at the center- close to shoulder, when sneezing or taking deep breath?

What can cause upper back pain at the center- close to shoulder, when sneezing or taking deep breath?

It's most: Probably from repetitive musculo-skeletal strain from breathing and especially sneezing. Suggest a check up with your doctor. ...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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I have been having upper back pain that radiates to the chest and I mistake it for chest pain. It's worse if I take a deep breath. My chest X-ray was normal. What could this be?

Possibly serious: It is possible that this pain could be serious. The most concerning possibility would be a blood clot in your lung. This would cause a feeling of shortness of breath. This is often not seen on a plain chest xray. You would need to go to the emergency room to be seen for this. The other likely less serious cause is a muscle pull. This would cause more pain with movement without a deep breath. ...Read more

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Chances of lung cancer? -shoulder, upper back pain and sometimes a mild pain when I take a deep breath (left side)

Chances of lung cancer? -shoulder, upper back pain and sometimes a mild pain when I take a deep breath (left side)

Average: What you are describing does not raise specific concern for lung cancer and points more to chest wall irritation which can be from muscle strain, sometimes viral infection or exposure to inhaled irritants. Smoking is the major risk factor for lung cancer, and anyone over the age of 55 who has been smoking for at least 30 years (varies by amount) benefits from routine lung cancer screening ...Read more

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Sudden upper back pain and hurts when I breathe in?

Sudden upper back pain and hurts when I breathe in?

Doctor can evaluate: Several possible reasons in a young adult, but one's doctor may want to check for a collapsed lung (pneumothorax, due to air leaking from inside the lung through it's lining, out into the space between the lung and the ribs). The site of the leak has some damage, which may heal itself. The leaked air stays inside the rib cage and takes up space, preventing the lung from fully inflating. ...Read more

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Upper back pain between right shoulder blade and spine hurts to breathe?

Costochondritis: Costochondritis is inflammation of cartilage between the ribs and is associated with a viral illness, smoking, and other causes such as trauma to the area, physical activity straining the rib cage, arthritis and other causes. Try ice on area, ibruprofen/tylenol to relieve pain, avoid activity that makes it hurt. Chk with doctor for source of pain. Chest xray/physical therapy may help. ...Read more

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I've been waking up with upper back pain mostly between left shoulder blade and spine. Hurts when I breath and can feel it in my left lung/ chest.?

I've been waking up with upper back pain mostly between left shoulder blade and spine. Hurts when I breath and can feel it in my left lung/ chest.?

Thoracic Spine: Thoracic spine areas will allow nerves to exit out of the spine and wrap around into the chest wall and abdomen. So herniated discs there can cause pain into these areas as well. I would consider seeing a pain specialist for treatment options like epidural steroid injection or even facet joint treatments. ...Read more

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I have constant chest/upper back pain (hurts to move, lie down, breathe). Had CT and cardiac. Sometimes it refers pain to the bottom of my chin/lower teeth. This worries me a bit. Why does it happen?

I have constant chest/upper back pain (hurts to move, lie down, breathe). Had CT and cardiac. Sometimes it refers pain to the bottom of my chin/lower teeth. This worries me a bit. Why does it happen?

Could be: Maladjustment of your spine. It can cause all of you pain and proper realignment can fix it, now that all the bad stuff is ruled out. You need to find a good chiropractor to check it out and at least see it that is the problem. A good reputable chiropractor won't take your case if there is no benefit. ...Read more

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Symptoms: headaches, neck, shoulder and upper back pain, chest tightness on left side, sometimes hurts to sit up, jaw pain, short of breath...Why?

Symptoms: headaches, neck, shoulder and upper back pain, chest tightness on left side, sometimes hurts to sit up, jaw pain, short of breath...Why?

MFP: Myofascial pain syndrome. In addition to local tenderness, referred pain. Mfp is characterized by other associated symptoms:
increased muscle fatigue and stiffness, a mildly restricted motion, pain when the muscle is stretched, and a subjective feeling of weakness in the muscle. Headache, vertigo, visual disturbances and jaw pain may also be present.
See pain management specialist for diagnosis. ...Read more

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Why does ribcage and back hurt when I breathe deeply?

Why does ribcage and back hurt when I breathe deeply?

Pain on deep breathi: This could either be due to inflammation of the protective layers of the lung (pleuritis) or a rib fracture. ...Read more

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I'm having back pain and it hurts when I breathe deeply. It started yesterday when I laid down on my belly on the couch. I couldn't get comfortable so after I got up it started. The pain is on the left side mid section below the shoulder blade. I looked

Sometimes: Sometimes back pain is so severe that breathing is painful, but this is unusual. The presence of pain with breathing is concerning for lung pain and I would recommend seeing your primary care doctor right away to rule out lung problem. Especially if it is associated with shortness of breath and/or chest pain. If no lung or heart problem is found then the pain could be from pulled back muscle or joint problem and your doctor may start you on anti-inflammatory medicine and physical therapy. Good luck! ...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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When I inhale the left side of my upper back hurts, it's only when I breathe deeply, or sneeze. It's been going on for 2 days. Please help.?

When I inhale the left side of my upper back hurts, it's only when I breathe deeply, or sneeze. It's been going on for 2 days. Please help.?

Several thoughts: Pain in the upper back only when taking a deep breath suggests a muscle strain. If you get similar pain in the same area on doing muscular maneuvers such as raising your shoulder, twisting and bending it supports the diagnosis of a muscle strain.

If the pain persists you should see your physician in case the cause is more serious than muscle strain. ...Read more

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What can cause upper back pain when I breathe?

A few things: Serious problems such as pleurisy are possible. In my practice, most such pain is due to a malfunctioning rib. Ribs should 'go up' in front and 'down' in back with inhalation and do the opposite during exhalation. When one or more ribs 'get stuck, ' pain-from ache to severe sharp in front &/or back can occur. A good history & osteopathic hands-on exam could determine cause. Manipulation may fix it. ...Read more