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Pain in the back and neck. Could this be due to tobacco use?

i have been dipping forj far less than a year, probably only 4 or 5 months at the most. and when i do i seem to get a very slight pain my neck and bottom back?is there anything this could be? i dont believe i could have any health probnlems from dipping tobbacco because, like i sqaid ive done it for far less than a year and i go through only about a can a week, if that. any tips?
Asked On : Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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The pain in the back and neck could be a result of some of the effects nicotine has on your physiology. Nicotine can certainly cause muscle spasticity and overactivity of nerve firing. There can also be central "brain" effects of nicotine that turn up your sensation of pain that is always there due to arthritis etc.
The most worrisome causes would be related to the possibility of an esophageal or stomach cancer caused by tobacco use. However this would usually also be associated with weight loss, loss of appetite, and other symptoms, like nausea, dyspepsia, change in bowel habits, and abdominal pain.
Answered: Fri, 18 Jan 2013
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