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    Old 06-05-2015, 05:34 AM   #1
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    An interesting case of upper-middle back pain?

    Hi,

    I am around 21 years old and I have been having wet coughs for around a year now and even though the number of coughs have been significantly reduced, they are still there, even if just a few coughs a day. I have already been to a doctor. I have attempted a chest X-ray and spirometry test. The X-ray showed that my bronchitis had become slightly thick similar to someone with asthma and the spirometry showed that I managed to only use 80% of my lung capacity I think. My doctor was a bit confused as I do not show signs of asthma. For example I regularly go for running (alternating days) and I do not run out of breath and can keep going as much as I want I believe. However recently, it has become cold here and as always I only wore a short sleeve shirt and went for running. Initially I only had a faint right upper back pain which stretched down the middle. One morning as I started running the pain became sharp so that even when I inhaled I could feel a pain in my right upper-middle back. I did not run for a while and the pain reduced. When I inhale deeply now, I often feel no pain at all, but the pain has not gone away. When I twist my upper body, the pain returns. Moreover, I have started running again. When my inhaling and exhaling increases during running, I notice a little pain in the upper-middle left back, which is not at all as strong as the right hand-side when twisting. Recently, I have felt that there is a little pain starting in my upper left shoulder and upper-left back.
    I have decided to stop running for a while and see whether the pain gets better.
    My question is are these two connected at all or is it me linking them in my mind? Are these symptoms pointing at anything in particular? How concerned should I be about this?

    Any guidance is appreciated.

     
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    Old 06-10-2015, 06:55 PM   #2
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    Re: An interesting case of upper-middle back pain?

    Hello,
    I'm sorry that your going through upper back pain. I am a 22 year old female and have had chronic back pain for 6 months now (mainly my left side but it moves to my right occasionally). I had an x Ray and cy scan on my chest to rule out anything in my lungs or heart. Nothing found. However I have recently been diagnosed with costochondritis which is Inflamation of the tissue in your ribs. Mine seemed to be caused after I was very sick and coughing. Is the pain always there or does it come and go? Also running and certain exercise can make symptoms flare. I also have TMJ and am being looked into for fibromyalgia.
    Hope you start feeling better soon!

     
    Old 06-10-2015, 10:29 PM   #3
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    Re: An interesting case of upper-middle back pain?

    Hi,

    Thanks a lot for your reply. I have stopped running for around 6 days now and changed my mattress just to rule out some causes related to my sleeping posture ( I did not really trust my previous mattress). Anyhow, the pain has become maybe just a little better, but sometimes it is a little bit more or less and it certainly has not gone away yet. I went to my doctor the day before yesterday and he told me that it is due to my running and not my lungs, but he did not give me any convincing reasons for his diagnosis which would rule out my lungs or something related to them as a causing or related factor. I will certainly look into this matter more closely while keeping in mind your experience, because it might really help and speed up my diagnosis. I will keep posting the progress of my case in this thread so maybe at one point it can become useful to others too.

     
    Old 06-11-2015, 07:34 PM   #4
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    Re: An interesting case of upper-middle back pain?

    Could this be pleuritic pain? I think you should trust your instincts and find a doctor who will keep investigating until a correct diagnosis is found.

     
    Old 06-11-2015, 11:09 PM   #5
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    Re: An interesting case of upper-middle back pain?

    [QUOTE=Fl0werP0wer;5367271]Could this be pleuritic pain? I think you should trust your instincts and find a doctor who will keep investigating until a correct diagnosis is found.[/QUOTE]

    It is possible. I had a blood and urine test today. I just did the tests to see if anything unusual may show up which could indicate something about my situation and also because it was a while since the last time I did those tests. I will go to the doctor to check his diagnosis of my test results next week sometime. I also have a carbon monoxide spirometry test, in a hospital early next month. I will make sure to ask the specialist about what you have mentioned and see how we can workout a way to confirm them or end up ruling them out. Nonetheless, I really appreciate the feedback which you have been giving me and I will keep posting updates regarding my situation.

     
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