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Does acute mild pain in the chest, shoulder and back indicate lung cancer?

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Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

Internal Medicine Specialist

Practicing since :2004

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Posted on Wed, 10 Oct 2018 in Medicines and Side Effects
Question: Dr,

I'm asking for a second opinion here:
I am a 68 year old worrier. I am a former smoker from age 17 to 35 one pack per day. I have stopped for over 30 years but still worry.

I am active play tennis 1-2 x per week and in seemingly good health. I had an acute mild pain in the back side of my right shoulder intermittent and a bit of mild pain in right chest below the breast wrapping around under my shoulder blade....same side as my tennis arm. I have no shortness of breath, no blood, no cough, no tiredness, no pain down the arm or into the drooping other symptoms. I had a Chest X-ray in 6/16 which was clear. I do have moderate stenosis in my neck and have had an impingement in the same shoulder as well as frozen shoulder 6-7 years ago. Is it very likely muscleskelatal or neck and not my lungs....would the chest x ray have shown something 19-20 months ago. I always get scared...can hardly stand to get an X-ray...the worry brings me to tears. Thank you.

Would lung cancer ever present this way...with mild intermittent ache.
Answered by Dr. Salah Saad Shoman 51 minutes later
Brief Answer:

Probably not

Detailed Answer:


But the symptoms you are experiencing are not suggestive with lung cancer. Pain produced with lung tumours usually worsens when taking a deep breath, coughing or laughing.

It is also usually associated with shortness of breath, weight loss, constant fatigue and may present with coughing blood.

However, for your peace of mind, I would recommend that you get a chest ct scan to exclude the presence of any pathology together with an ECG and an echocardiogram to exclude cardiac insufficiency as a cause of the pain.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Dr Salah Saad Shoman, Internal Medicine Specialist
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