At one time upper back pain was not as common as lower back pain but nowadays more people than ever are complaining about their upper back, shoulders and neck causing them pain. The neck and upper back is the most complex of all the body areas. Upper back pain exhibits many of the lower back problem difficulties such as arthritis, pulled muscles, and disc problems. Can coughing cause upper back pain? Lungs that are congested causing severe bouts of coughing can make your ribs hurt, your back sore, give you a headache along with other problems. When upper back problems become very severe, some people have difficulty performing everyday activities like brushing their hair or even picking up a cup of coffee. The upper back, located between your neck and lower back has very little movement and anchors your rib cage. This provides a cavity for your heart and lungs with just enough space for your lungs to expand. Pain in the upper back is often a result of muscular irritation, trauma, strain, poor posture, illness, and muscular irritation.
Many parts of your body can feel the effect of upper back pain. Lungs, chest, ribs, shoulders or neck can become painful resulting from an upper back injury or illness. There are many illnesses and diseases, which affect the lungs and can cause upper back pain. Pneumonia is a lung and respiratory infection caused by things such as parasites, fungi, bacteria, viruses, and physical or chemical injury to the lungs. With pneumonia, some of the more common symptoms include difficulty breathing, fever, chest pain, and coughing. If you are coughing and experiencing upper back pain, lungs filled with pneumonia could be the cause.
Another medical condition that can be the cause of upper back pain, lungs, which are sore and chest pain, are rib fractures. A rib fracture is a crack or break in the bone/bones that make up the rib cage. The most commonly fractured ribs are the middle ribs, often caused by indirect crushing injuries, sustained coughing, or from direct trauma. Osteoporosis and other diseased bone structures can cause fragility fractures. Rib fractures can also be the result of diseases, infections or cancer. Symptoms of broken ribs include upper back pain, lungs that pain when taking a deep breath and a grating sound with movement or breathing. Unlike most fractures, there is no particular treatment for cracked ribs although there are several supportive measures. Pain from a simple rib fractures can contribute to cough suppression and decreased movement, which could result in a secondary chest infection. Usually they prescribe painkillers to avoid this.
Experiencing lower back pain, kidney area? First of all, make an appointment with your doctor, as kidney infection can cause pain that is felt in the back area just where your kidneys are. They’re on the left and right side of the spine, just above your hip. This is why pain in that location is often taken for lower back pain kidney infection. This is really what is called referred pain. The lower back pain kidney in origin is actually from the organ itself, but is most often felt in the back.
The thing you need to know to distinguish lower back pain kidney infection in origin from lower back pain of other causes is that kidney infections usually come on rapidly and only last until your course of antibiotics is finished. Lower back pain due to other causes will still be there once the infection is cleared up.
The other dead giveaway that you are dealing with a lower back pain kidney infection, is there is pain when you pee, you likely have a fever, and the chills and blood in your urine. If the doctor pushes on your kidneys and you have an infection, it’s going to give you increased pain. This isn’t always the case with lower back pain.
Still not sure whether you have lower back pain kidney infection in nature, or just lower back pain? Time to head to your doctor for a definitive diagnosis! In the meantime there are some check points you can rule out on your own in trying to figure out if your do have a lower back pain kidney infection or not.
Lower back pain that is due to muscle problems (stretched, torn, twisted etc.) will happen in the lower back, below the waist, or in the upper back just over the spine or between the shoulder blades. You will notice it will get worse when you move and it usually feels better when you rest. These are not hard and fast rules, but generally speaking they are good guidelines to give you an idea.
Now on the other hand, if you happen to have a kidney infection or stone, then the pain you are feeling will occur on one side of the back, just below the rib cage and above the waist. It may wend its way to the bladder or genitals, and gets even worse as your bladder fills up. This pain won’t get any worse when you move either. Again, you may also experience throwing up, blood in your urine, fever, chills and pain when peeing. These are fairly clear signals you need to see a doctor.
The bottom line? If you don’t know for sure what in heck you are dealing with, then call the doctor. It doesn’t make any sense to sit at home and suffer when you could find out what is wrong and fix it. If you have an existing family history of recurring kidney infections, chances are you may have another one. However, you are not the doctor and letting him make the final call makes a lot more sense. If it’s a lower back problem, he will be able to tell you what to do to get you on the road to recovery.