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Old 05-27-2003, 02:37 PM   #1
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Question PAIN IN THE UPPER BACK

I feel a pain in my back , does this mean something?
Should I go to a doctor? Does someone feel something similar?
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Old 05-27-2003, 02:49 PM   #2
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Hi, Cythera. I think you already sense that it isn't good; or else you wouldn't have posted about it. I started getting upper back pain the last two years I smoked. I would quit smoking, and the pain would go away. the last time I quit my lungs were in bad shape. The upper back pains lasted for a good 3 1/2 months (I also had other symptoms: a very sore chest, shortness of breath, etc...). My upper back is now better; but I had many doctor visits...took inhaled steroids for a long time; and started exercising on a regular basis. All I can tell you is this: it isn't a good sign, that's for sure. Many people have this problem before getting diagnosed with a lung disease. I would quit smoking, while you still have the ability to heal. Good luck to you. Deb

 
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Old 05-27-2003, 03:04 PM   #3
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Thank you so much for your reply
I really will quit smoking It's such a stupid thing to do, to put smoke into the body
My quiting day will be on the 15th of June I am preparing these days
Many thanks
BTW are you healthy now? How do you feel? Do you smoke?

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Hi, Cythera. I think you already sense that it isn't good; or else you wouldn't have posted about it. I started getting upper back pain the last two years I smoked. I would quit smoking, and the pain would go away. the last time I quit my lungs were in bad shape. The upper back pains lasted for a good 3 1/2 months (I also had other symptoms: a very sore chest, shortness of breath, etc...). My upper back is now better; but I had many doctor visits...took inhaled steroids for a long time; and started exercising on a regular basis. All I can tell you is this: it isn't a good sign, that's for sure. Many people have this problem before getting diagnosed with a lung disease. I would quit smoking, while you still have the ability to heal. Good luck to you. Deb
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Old 05-27-2003, 08:26 PM   #4
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Hi again, Cythera. Yes, I quit after this past Christmas...probably around the 1st of the new year. I had a rough time of it; as my lungs kept feeling worse and worse. I finally had to force myself to start exercising (mainly walking; low impact you know). My chest/lungs were so sore, I couldn't do anything vigorous. But in time, the exercise did help. I'm much better. I went to see a Pulmonary doctor, and he gave me different tests; and I came out good; accept that he saw something on my chest x-ray...wants me to come back and get the x-ray re-taken in 3 months. I don't stress about it. All I can do is what I can do, today. You can quit smoking...its really only bad for 2-3 days...well, a good two weeks its tough. But, each day you don't smoke, you start gaining control over this addiction. I feel so much better. I work out 4 days a week. I generally try to stay active...and I lost weight. I know I'll never smoke again. I want to live as long as I can, lung disease free. Quitting is the biggest favor you can do for yourself. Its so good for you; but any good thing takes some effort. Post again when you quit....you CAN do it. If I can, anyone can. Deb

 
Old 06-01-2003, 11:53 PM   #5
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Deb

I hope this helps while you wait for the next chest x-ray...over half of all smokers who have a chest x-ray done will have something show up in the x-ray. They have to keep going in for follow up x-rays and it usually turns out to be nothing.

I heard this on the news one day when they were talking about the downfalls of those complete body scans you can have done. The argument is that you have to pay for the scan but if something is found all the follow up has to be paid for by the healthcare system(in Canada), so the government is paying for unnecessary follow ups of smokers who have nothing wrong with them. I figure better safe than sorry. I know that I would have it done if I could afford it. If I have lung cancer I would love to know now instead of in ten years when the symptoms start! After all, I quit smoking and if I have cancer I'de like to treat it in the early stages rather than find out that I quit too late and it is also too late to do anything about.

 
Old 06-02-2003, 11:26 AM   #6
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Hi, Camden. I agree with you. If there is something wrong with me, I want to know about it. Thanks for posting on this subject, to me. I decided not to worry too much about the x-ray...as what good does worrying do, anyway? If there is a problem, then I will deal with it. On another site yesterday I read a post from this woman who was diagnosed with COPD some time ago. She started exercising, and lost weight (plus she quit smoking immediately after her diagnosis). In essence, she did everything she could think of, to help herself. She experienced continued shortness of breath, etc...went back to her doctor; only then was she told she had emphysema. She said when she was first told she had COPD, she didn't understand what it meant. Then when she finally was told she had emphysema, she was crushed. Sometimes people panic when given a bad diagnosis...but people do need to know the truth...but its sad, to be given a diagnosis like that; since emphysema is incurable. I say; if a person is willing to pay for a body scan, they should get one done. If it gives a person peace of mind, what is wrong with that? Deb

 
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