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Can upper back pain which alleviates with massage and rest be a symptom of lung cancer, chest CT is normal?

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Dr. Matthew Solhjem
Radiation Oncology
11 doctors agree

In brief: Thanks for asking!

Upper back pain that goes away with massage/rest is very unlikely to be a symptom of lung cancer, especially with a normal chest ct.
Most likely it is musculoskeletal in nature. Also, lung cancer is uncommon in someone who is only 31 years old. Persistent back pain, however, should be evaluated by your primary care physician.

In brief: Thanks for asking!

Upper back pain that goes away with massage/rest is very unlikely to be a symptom of lung cancer, especially with a normal chest ct.
Most likely it is musculoskeletal in nature. Also, lung cancer is uncommon in someone who is only 31 years old. Persistent back pain, however, should be evaluated by your primary care physician.
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In brief: Not likely

A chest ct is the best screening tool we have for lung cancer.
If that is normal, you can relax. Your symptoms sound muscular in origin.

In brief: Not likely

A chest ct is the best screening tool we have for lung cancer.
If that is normal, you can relax. Your symptoms sound muscular in origin.
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