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New Upper Back Pain w/ pre-ext Deg. Disc L4 & bulging L5

over the last month I've been experiencing increased shoulder tension, last night/ this am woke up with upper back pain. The pain dramatically increase with deep breath, but is constant otherwise. Too early to make an appointment or should I wait this out?
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replied August 25th, 2011

Please do not wait to make an appointment for this. Shoulder tension combined with upper back pain can be caused by a number of serious things including, but not limited to, heart, lung and/or nerve, spine conditions. It could also just be heart burn or acid reflux. What concerns me is that you are experiencing a dramatic increase in pain when taking a deep breath. While I hope it's not serious, this is nothing to fool around with and it won't hurt to see your doctor and find out exactly what you're dealing with.

Good luck.
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