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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What causes persistent cough, upper back pain and breathlessness?

Hello. I have a dry persistent cough, some upper back pain and shortness of breath with a history of allergies, and lung cancer in my family. My Dr put me on antibiotics and steroids. I also got a chest xray. I am a 44 year old female. Should I be concerned that I could have lung cancer?
Mon, 30 Oct 2017
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Pulmonologist 's  Response
Thanks for your question on Healthcare Magic.
I can understand your concern.
Don't think directly about lung cancer.
Persistent cough, breathlessness and upper chest pain are commonly seen with bronchitis.
Lung cancer can also show similar symptoms.
But better to consult pulmonologist and get done clinical examination of respiratory system, chest x ray and PFT (Pulmonary Function Test).
Chest x ray is needed to rule out lung cancer. If chest x ray is normal then no need to worry for lung cancer.
PFT is must for the diagnosis of bronchitis.
You may need inhaled bronchodilators (formoterol or salmeterol) and inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) (budesonide or fluticasone).
Don't worry, you will be alright with appropriate treatment.
First diagnose and then start treatment.
Hope I have solved your query. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
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