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ask: I have middle back pain and chest pain

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middle back pain and chest pain (left side) same time lneck pain also

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Rosa Cabrera RN

Hi Anonymous,

Have you performed any strenuous activity involving your neck and back?

Any organ or tissue in your chest can be the source of pain, including your heart, lungs, esophagus, muscles, ribs, tendons, or nerves. Pain may also spread to the chest from the neck, abdomen, and back.

For many causes of chest pain, it is best to check with your doctor or nurse before treating yourself at home.

If injury, overuse, or coughing has caused muscle strain, your chest wall is often tender or painful when you press a finger on the site of the pain. This can often be treated at home. Try acetaminophen or ibuprofen, ice, heat, and rest.

Call 911 if:

You have sudden crushing, squeezing, tightening, or pressure in your chest.
Pain spreads (radiates) to your jaw, left arm, or between your shoulder blades.
You have nausea, dizziness, sweating, a racing heart, or shortness of breath.
You know you have angina and your chest discomfort is suddenly more intense, brought on by lighter activity, or lasts longer than usual.
Your angina symptoms occur while you are at rest.
You have sudden, sharp chest pain with shortness of breath, especially after a long trip, a stretch of bedrest (for example, following an operation), or other lack of movement, especially if one leg is swollen or more swollen than the other (this could be a blood clot).

Good Luck,

Rosa

October 11, 2011 - 6:37am
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