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Posted on Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Question: I have upper back pain that hurts when I breath. I have injuries to my lower back from car accidents but this is a new symptom. Please advise Thanks
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Answered by Dr. Karl Logan (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Muscle sprain, pleuritic chest pain

Detailed Answer:
hi,

thanks for your question. the most common cause of this type of pain is a strain of the muscle in your chest wall. an antiinflammatory medication should help.

if you feel unwell with the pain eg if you have shortness of breath, a fever or a productive cough I would seek medical attention as pain associated with these symptoms can also be caused by inflammation inside the chest from an infection or a clot on the lung. we call this pleuritic chest pain.

these symptoms would be investigated with a chest X-ray and some blood work initially and possibly an EKG.

I hope this anwers your question.

best wishes
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Brief Answer: Muscle sprain, pleuritic chest pain Detailed Answer: hi, thanks for your question. the most common cause of this type of pain is a strain of the muscle in your chest wall. an antiinflammatory medication should help. if you feel unwell with the pain eg if you have shortness of breath, a fever or a productive cough I would seek medical attention as pain associated with these symptoms can also be caused by inflammation inside the chest from an infection or a clot on the lung. we call this pleuritic chest pain. these symptoms would be investigated with a chest X-ray and some blood work initially and possibly an EKG. I hope this anwers your question. best wishes