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Back pain with COPD

Is back and spine pain a part of COPD? Mostly if I sleep on one side I get shape pains in my shoulder blade and middle upper spine while taking a deep breath. Anyone else have these symptoms?

Thank you all very kindly for your time and thoughts.

Chris

  1. Hey Chris!

    Kind of a chicken and the egg situation for myself and i couldn't give you a straight answer. I have found that if i strain my back through over exercising or strain a muscle in that part of my body I generally have a flair up and difficulty breathing. At least for me there is a correlation both ways.

    Laying flat on the ground with my legs elevated and diaphragmatic breathing usually sorts me out. Sometimes with a heating pad or pillow under the strains

    Hope it helps
    -Ian

    1. Patients with COPD have significantly increased risk for lower back pain.

      1. Hi , and thanks so much for your inquiry - it's a good one!

        You may be aware that COPD affects everyone differently. As well, the treatments / therapies can vary from patient to patient depending on their particular condition.

        We do have some published material, right here on COPD.net, that addresses the pain(s) that may accompany this condition. I thought these articles might provide you with some additional insight for your concern: https://copd.net/?s=pain. I do hope you find them to be helpful in a practical way.

        Wishing you well,
        Leon (site moderator COPD.net)

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