Chest and Back Pain Together

Have you ever noticed how chest and back pain mostly come in pairs? Obviously both are part of the upper body. Injuries in the middle and upper back usually causes pain in your chest as well. After a tough day transporting materials from point A to point B you may have a sore back, however if this fades relatively quickly there is nothing to worry about.

A rather common cause of chest and back pain is a nerve that is located in the upper or middle spine. These so called thoracic spinal nerves can be pressed together because of muscle spasm and other reactions of the muscles due to wrong moves, or too much pressure on the back. These nerves are important to keep an eye on as they can even lead to heart or lung problems if unchecked.

Chest pain on the other hand is not as common, and if you have serious chest pain it’s wise to seek medical advice. Chest pain can actually be a sign that a serious health problem is at work here.

Now chest and back pain together forms an even clearer sign that something is wrong. Do not hesitate to contact your doctor. As you know pain in the back can be an immobilising issue, and combined with chest pain is even more of a hassle. Early diagnosis will prevent more serious possible problems.


One muscle group can affect the neighbouring muscle groups, which explains why back pain and chest pain are so related. Some people have reported muscle pain in the shoulder which also caused pain in the upper chest. The pain may feel a bit burning or it can make the muscles feel heavy. Extreme coughing is also a common cause of chest and back pain. Coughing is a really intense activity that asks for a lot of muscle power and energy from your body.

We strongly urge you to seek medical assistance if the chest pain is located near your heart or lungs. For obvious reasons these organs are vital, and chest pain can be an indication of organ problems.

Other symptoms of chest and back pain are shortness of breath (because of chest or back pain you are no longer able to fully utilise your lungs), but also issues with walking or any kind of muscle intensive activity. Monitor your body properly and you will be able to prevent more serious damage quite nicely, ignore it and you will have to accept that the symptoms might get worse.

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