upper back pain between the shoulder blades

just been diagnosed with mild copd and have inhalers, but i have a cold at present and have developed the most awful upper back pain. mostley to the left side thats so painful. I cant sit , stand, lie do anything its so bad, what can it be?

9 Replies

  • Hi

    I think you should speak to your GP as soon as possible, as there could be multiple causes.



  • I agree with Vicky, donnaw. Your GP should explain to you what is causing this discomfort.

    The pain that you describe is something I've experienced on and off for the past 13 years and my gp and respiratory consultant have assured me that it's just my lungs telling me to slow down and accept that I can't do things at the same pace now as I used to. Maybe it'll be that for you too, but best to check just to be on the safe side :)

  • I agree it could be one of several things best to get it checked out at GP.

    Best wishes

    Jo :-)

  • Agree with the other 3 replies. I too have a lot of pain in the same area especially when i'm under the weather!

  • hi Donnaw i have end stage IPF and have this pain costantly, of course you must get it checked by your doctor or hospital consultant but mine is due to the stress being put on the muscles in the back surrounding the lungs as coughing puts a massive strain on these muscles and low blood oxygen levels deteriorate muscle tissue. since having my illness (just under 12 months) i have lost almost 5 st in weight and half of that was muscle, i am 6ft 2 and used to be in the gym powerlifting 3 times a week now i can just about carry my portable oxygen tank!

    get it checked and take care of yourself


  • Hi Donnaw,

    I have the pain you describe too. I am quite new to copd and it didn't occur to me that the pain in my back, around and under my shoulders and around the back of my neck could be related to copd. It is starting to pull me down a little bit because it's either a constant pain or a burning sensation. I took some Ibufrofen just minutes before seeing your post! It's on my list of things to discuss with the GP tomorrow. Perhaps you need to see your GP too x

  • Yes I am booked in to see him next week. Did the ibuprofen work? Thanks for the feedback. Donna x

  • Thanks to all your replies im deffo gunna visit my Gp. Donna x

  • Never had upper back pain untill i used inhalers. Now just take my symbicort only. I use nebuliser with saline and sea salt only , no more meds for me in nebilser. I very really get back pain now.

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