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Upper Back Tightness with Chest Pain

I suffer from chronic lower back pain due to bulging discs, however, for the last 2 days I’ve been experiencing upper back pain - actually a deep tightness that seems to have funneled through to my chest. I first thought it was severe bloat, but everything I’ve tried to include heat, a massager, gas relief medication, and ever drinking warm water doesn't seem to help. Taking naproxen every 4-6hrs is the only “relief”, and that only allows me enough comfort to walk around the house for a little bit. This is extremely debilitating and I am wanting to avoid the ER. Any help is appreciated. 



  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,357

    welcome to spine-health

    when it comes to chest pain, you need to call your doctor as soon as possible. it does not help to wonder what it is or assume, only your doctor can figure out what's going on.

    in the meantime, please click on the welcome link below for more information on the forum.
    welcome to spine health

    please keep us posted on how you are doing.

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  • Anytime you experience chest pain with back pain, you need to call your doctor or go to the ER!  Chances are it's just back pain, but any time chest pain is involved, you should get a EKG done to rule out a heart issue.

    There are some cardiac conditions that can cause back pain in addition to chest pain.  They typically involve the posterior side of the heart.  HOWEVER...this is not always the case.  Regardless, you need to notify your PCP or visit the ER if for no other reason than to rule out a cardiac issue.  It's always better to err on the side of caution.


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