Your Lungs and Back Pain Ch 2
Determining a Diagnosis

All of these various combinations of pain in your lungs and back pain can be evaluated by your doctor with a comprehensive history and physical exam.

He can order appropriate blood tests, imaging studies and other diagnostic procedures to determine a diagnosis and institute a plan of treatment.






If you are having back pain that is caused by your lungs, the most obvious and also the most sinister consideration is lung cancer. If you think you may have lung cancer causing pain in your back, you must get in to see your doctor as soon as possible.

The Most Sinister Consideration  

Your doctor can evaluate your lungs back pain, and get you on the road to treatment and recovery.  In this situation, early diagnosis and treatment is the key to a cure.

Some of the possible early signs of lung cancer include dull back pain; also possible is chest or shoulder pain. The pain is often described as a constant severe dull ache that is unrelieved by changing position or lying down.

"constant cough, shortness of breath, fatigue"

Other causes for concern would include a constant cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, repeated pneumonia or bronchitis, coughing up blood, hoarseness, or swelling of the neck and face. A chest x-ray may show nodules, fluid or other problems within the lungs.

Causes of Lungs Back Pain

Lung cancer can cause back pain in three different ways:

  • A tumor or nodule in the lungs may grow large enough to put pressure on the nerves of the spine.
  • A cancer may spread from the lungs and directly infiltrate the bones or other associated structures of the spine.
  • Lung cancer can metastasize, by traveling through blood vessels or other channels, to cause cancer at distant sites such as the spine.    

"pain that is not well controlled"

Evaluation of your lungs and back pain by your doctor may include x-rays, MRIs, CT Scans, sputum cytology, and lung biopsy, before a conclusion is reached.

If you are diagnosed with lung cancer, the most common treatment options would incorporate some combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, depending on your specific diagnosis.

"referral to palliative care"

If you are having pain in your lungs and back pain that is not well controlled. Ask your doctor for a referral to palliative care. Palliative care is provided by a team of professionals that focus on making you more comfortable.

"the best hope for a cure"

They use a combination of pain medication, personal and family counseling, and spiritual guidance. Their goal, is to prevent suffering and to improve quality of life, for people facing serious, complex illness.

If you think you may have lung cancer, get it evaluated. If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer, get treatment as soon as possible, because as I stated above, early evaluation and treatment are the best hope for a cure.



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