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Tuesday, May 04, 2010 Lindsay, Community Member, asks

Q: Why do I have upper back and rib pain?

What would cause a sudden constant sharp tightening pain that is on both sides of my middle to upper back and around front under my rib cage.  Deep breaths make it worse.

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5/ 4/10 10:16pm

The worstcase scenario is that you could have pneumonia (lung infection) or a pleural effusion (water on the lung). Thus, you need to see a doctor to make sure that this problem is not life-threatening. Any time you have pain like this that is sudden onset or that interferes with your daily living to this extent, you should always seek the help of a doctor right away.  I hope you're feeling better soon!

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Dr. Christina Lasich, MD

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By Lindsay, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/10/14, First Published: 05/04/10