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Can pain in the lungs, throat or esophagus cause referred pain to the muscles in the back of the neck?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
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In brief: Yes

Pain in the chest can be referred into the neck and back.
Nerves can travel fr the front of the chest to the back as well (known as intercostals).

In brief: Yes

Pain in the chest can be referred into the neck and back.
Nerves can travel fr the front of the chest to the back as well (known as intercostals).
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine

In brief: Absolutely

Lungs usually don't hurt (they don't have nerve endings), but the wrap around them, called pleura, can hurt.
Throat and esophagus pain can definitely cause referred pain to the back.

In brief: Absolutely

Lungs usually don't hurt (they don't have nerve endings), but the wrap around them, called pleura, can hurt.
Throat and esophagus pain can definitely cause referred pain to the back.
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