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Forum Name: Cardiology Symptoms

Question: Back pain realted to heart problem?

 Care13bear - Sat Jan 22, 2005 4:55 pm

My father is having pain in the upper right part of his back. This pain spreads over to his chest but stays in the upper region and only on the right side. The pain comes and goes but when it comes he cannot seem to catch his breath. It has been going on for a couple weeks now and seems to be getting worse. He has had previous heart problems, such as a heart attack in 2000. He is also obese and a diabetic. We are wondering if this pain could be associated with his heart or not. If not, do you have any idea what it could be from. Thank you!!
 Dr. Yasser Mokhtar - Mon Feb 21, 2005 10:58 pm

User avatar Dear Care13bear,

With your dad's history of previous heart attacks and him being a diabetic, i would recommend that you call his doctor to tell him about this pain and have him go in to be checked by his doctor especially that it is associated with shortness of breath.

Pain in the back that spreads to the chest on the same side (if not due to heart disease) can be due to back problems such as arthritis and shingles (even if there is no rash), as sometimes shingles can present without a rash. But the pain is not associated with shortness of breath and follows one sking area around the chest and usually feels like burning or tingling.

Thank you very much for using our website and i hope that this information helped.

Yasser Mokhtar, M.D.

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