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left upper back pain

By November 13, 2012 - 4:25pm
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It's been 7 days that ive been experiencing this sharp pain on my left upper back whenever i inhale and sometimes when i move. been taking analgesic for 3 days now. and 2 days ago, my joints started to hurt too. ankle, wrist, knee joints and my right leg hurts too. im 23 yo. what could be the possible problem?

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Thank you Ms. Maryann. I hope the condition is not serious. I was thinking of Pneumonia but i dont have its symptoms. It's just this back pain whenever I inhale. Sometimes it's sharp, sometimes not and sometimes the pain's gone.I dont have cough or any thing like that. I hope this can just be cured right away. I'm going to take celecoxib and will see about the improvement.

Regarding my joint pains, I have experienced this 2 weeks ago when I had viral exanthem. I had it for a week. I am fully recovered now. And now I have the joint pains again.

November 14, 2012 - 2:18pm

Hello janelle,

The onset of left upper back pain with inspiration could be costochondritis, which is an inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the breastbone.
The pain and tenderness usually occurs on the left side of the breastbone, affects more than one rib, and worsens when taking deep breaths or coughing.

It is also possible that you have a viral infection that causes aching joints. Lyme disease and a rheumatologic disorder need to be ruled out as the cause of your symptoms.

Since you are not getting any relief from taking an analgesic, you should consult your physician and schedule an appointment to be evaluated.

Please keep us updated on your condition.


November 13, 2012 - 5:55pm
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