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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Bones, Muscles and Joints
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User :   i have a strained muscle type feeling in my upper back just left of my spine..I have had it off an on for about a year..I am worried its lung cancer..I am a smoker (14 years) 33 year old white male. Should I worry ? My doctor seems to think its muscular in nature, but im wondering could this be caused by a tumor pressing on the muscle? very scared please help.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :  
a tumour pressing will generaly have unbearable pain
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since it can be pressing the undelying structures, including vessels and nerves.
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did you had any medication in that regard?
User :   sense I cant remember doing anything to hurt this muscle ( strange place generally to pull muscle) could it just be pulled muscle and hurt this long?
Doctor :  
it is not necessary for a muscle pull to occur in strainous activities
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it can also occur while sleeping
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due to a wrong posture acquired for long hours
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excess pillow use while sleeping
User :   it does tend to get worse after laying down
Doctor :  
do you use pillow?
User :   yes big pillow
Doctor :   how is the matress? soft/firm/?
User :   soft and crappy lol
Doctor :  
use a soft thin pillow(single)
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and preferably sleep on a firm matress for atleast few days
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it should help in retaining a correct posture of your body
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any relieve you of hr symptoms
Doctor :   it will provide good support to your muscles and will help to reduce symptoms.
User : lung cancer common in my age group 33 yr.
Doctor :  
Not common as per say, but can occur
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do you have any other symptoms?
User :   had headaches for a few years and body aches, no real cough and no pain when breathing or anything like that
Doctor :  
Then it is very unlikely to be related to cancer.
User :   that's good to hear
Doctor :   If you are worried about your health then cut down on your smoke.
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Have a healthy natural lifestyle
User :   I agree I need to do that
Doctor :   good. Now is the good time to start practicing it.
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are you aware of nicotine de addiction centers?
User :   will do I'll try...I just got so nervous while searching the internet about my symptoms only to find people telling stories about having back pain and being diagnosed with strained muscles or bulging discs then finding out it was lung cancer causing it so you can see why I got scared
User :   yes i am
Doctor :  
Internet is for sharing information. Your doctor can provide you the insight.
Doctor :  
have you tried those centers? coz they can provide a professional approach towards cessation of this habit.
User :   no but I'm going to
Doctor :   ok
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is there anything else i can help you with?
User :   no I think that's good...just so I'm clear if this was caused by lung cancer I would know it right?
Doctor :   You will have signs of cancer.
User :   So in your opinion I don't have it
User :   one minute please hurry
Doctor :  
it is very unlikely
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your symptoms do not suggest it.
User :   Thank you
Doctor :  
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