I have been having severe upper back pain which spreads to my chest for the past one year and a half. Initially I was concerned my heart was causing these pains and went through the gauntlet of chest examinations which revealed everything to be fine. After each incident the pain starts in my back and spreads to my chest, eventually causing me pain when I breathe in deeply or bend over. As a result of my pain I had an MRI done on my upper thoracic spine. The MRI revealed that I had a minor bulging disc at my C10. I believe this has been caused by heavy weightlifting over the years. I am at 32-year-old male in good shape. I have a stressful job and spend a lot of time seated in car, I believe this could also contribute to my problems. These problems seem to be exasperated upon being stressed out. Wondering if anyone else has had similar problems with the chest pain related to upper thoracic bulging disc? I do not take any pain meds only the locational Advil. I smoke occasionally and socially however I find that these problems become worse when I have smoked for a period of time. All checks of my lungs have been met with negative results. This included CAT scan and numerous x-rays. I most recently had a flareup last week Friday and Saturday while bass fishing. The pain started mid day and move to my chest and lungs almost immediately from my back. I am still having pain today although it has subsided in my chest and lungs and is mainly in my back now.