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Back pain, hurts to take deep breaths, pain when swallowing

Hello Dr. Samuel, I am wondering what might be the cause of the hurting of my upper back (right side). It hurts when I take a deep breath, and when I swallow , the pain is sharp. It hurts when I lean against my back and worse when lying in my right side. I m male, 18 yrs. old and I don t smoke . The pain also stops me from sneezing .
Asked On : Thu, 2 Aug 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Jun 2015
Hello dear,

The symptoms as mentioned in your post can be due to:
1. Sprain or injury to back muscles
2. Referred pain due to any cause in the gastrointestinal tract e.g. Peptic ulcer
3. Pathology in the Respiratory system e.g. Pleural effusion, Pleuritis

Aggravation of pain on sneezing can be attributed to increase in intra-thoracic pressure.

Investigations like X ray chest & Ultrasound scan of the abdomen will be helpful to detect any pathology in the Respiratory system & the Gastrointestinal tract respectively.
Based on the findings, appropriate management steps could be taken.

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Wishing a good health.
Take care.
Answered: Sun, 2 Jun 2013
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