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Dull but acute upper left back pain after smoking. No cough, sputum, shortness, heaviness. Not disc or muscle. X-ray neg. Quit cigs today. Advice?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Ibuprofen

That occasionally happens with smoking or right after quitting.
You may have had some inflammation, an infection, or fluid behind your lung. It should go away on its own, especially if the chest x-ray was negative. But follow up with your doctor anyways of it persists more than a few days.

In brief: Ibuprofen

That occasionally happens with smoking or right after quitting.
You may have had some inflammation, an infection, or fluid behind your lung. It should go away on its own, especially if the chest x-ray was negative. But follow up with your doctor anyways of it persists more than a few days.
Dr. Ankush Bansal
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine

In brief: Impossible to say

Congrats on decision to stop smoking, but there is no way anybody can diagnose you just by your symptoms.
Most back pain is musculoskeletal - strains of muscles, tendons or ligaments. So, statistically, that is what is most likely. A full examination of your back, as well as a general physical examination of the chest, heart and abdomen is needed to come up with a good guess, then more testing.

In brief: Impossible to say

Congrats on decision to stop smoking, but there is no way anybody can diagnose you just by your symptoms.
Most back pain is musculoskeletal - strains of muscles, tendons or ligaments. So, statistically, that is what is most likely. A full examination of your back, as well as a general physical examination of the chest, heart and abdomen is needed to come up with a good guess, then more testing.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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