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Upper back pain from spine to chest. X ray showed shadows on right side. Enlarged right lung. Asthma history. Advice?

Hi, I have upper back pain , probably at the back of my lungs. It wakes me up at night and is excruciating as if I m being skewered all the way from my spine to my chest . I had an X-ray done some time back and the results show hilar shadows on my right side. Because I am asthmatic I often follow up with a pulmonologist , and during my last visit he mentioned that my lungs seemed a bit enlarged on the right side. I am seeing a spine specialist in a couple of days, but I am worried I may not be on the right track and that it is my lungs I should be investigating. Many thanks, Fa (46 years old)
Asked On : Wed, 17 Oct 2012
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Hilar shadow in the chest is normal
If your lung looks enlarged then it means that your prolonged asthma has caused an emphysema.
But the pain as u describe it as excruciating may not be due to any lung pathology. It looks like some neuralgia or a nerve pain as it wakes u up at night. You are doing a right thing by seeing a spine surgeon as it can be some compression of the thoracic spine
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