Why does pneumonia cause lower back pain?

Pain in the back when breathing


Pain in the back when breathing can have different causes. Many people suffer from such ailments at one point in their life. Often times the pain is harmless nature and occur as a concomitant of one flu-like infection or through muscular tension on. However, since serious causes that require treatment can also be concealed behind the complaints, a medical clarification is advisable. A conversation with the doctor and a detailed physical examination can usually quickly determine the reason for the back pain when breathing and an adequate therapy can be given.
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Basically, there are various possible causes of pain when breathing in the back, which can be responsible for the discomfort. Often times the pain goes through muscular hardening and tension evoked. An unfavorable posture, predominantly sedentary activities and a lack of exercise lead to cramps in the muscles. This in turn irritate nerves in the area and thereby cause pain. Also blocked vertebral joints can be responsible for the pain.
Often there is pain in the back when breathing also in the frame flu-like infections on, especially though to cough consists. The chest muscles are stressed by the frequent coughing. This can cause irritation, which in turn causes pain to breathe. However, an infection can also spread to the lung and on that Pleura spread. At a pleurisy (pleurisy) it typically occurs Pain on inhalation, especially in the chest and back area.

Of course you can too external violence cause back pain when breathing. At Bruised or broken ribs breathing can be very uncomfortable as a result of a fall or accident. Last but not least, you can too anatomical changes cause pain in the musculoskeletal system. For example at Misalignments of the spine. Between the individual ribs, a nerve and blood vessels run around one side of the chest. These so-called Intercostal nerves can be irritated by various circumstances and cause what is known as intercostal neuralgia. This is characterized by belt-shaped, stabbing pain that pulls around the upper body, which can usually be aggravated by strong breathing movements, coughing or pressing. Since the possible causes of back pain when breathing are diverse, only a medical examination can reveal the definitive cause if the symptoms persist.

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Pain when breathing due to tension

Tension is one common cause for back pain. The symptoms can also occur when breathing, as the chest expands and pulls on the tense muscle areas. Tension occurs particularly often in the Shoulder and neck area as to the side of the spine on. Heat applications as Massages help to gently relieve tension. To prevent tension, it is sufficient physical activity and a Strengthening the muscles essential.

Pain in breathing due to pinched nerve

A pinched or irritated nerve can be the cause of breath-dependent back pain. The nerves run in the chest area between two ribs around the halves of the chest. If such a nerve is irritated, it can cause severe pain. Especially with the inhalation the chest expands and the muscles and nerves located there stretch. The stretching of an irritated nerve can then go through a sharp pain express. If the cause is a blocked vertebra, straightening usually quickly provides relief. In many cases, however, no cause of the nerve irritation is found. It usually disappears by itself over time.

However, pain when breathing through a pinched nerve also causes breath-dependent pain under the ribs. However, since there can be other causes behind this, we recommend our website:Pain under the ribs when breathing

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Pain when breathing while lying down

Pain in the back when breathing, especially when lying down, can occur muscular causes Clues. Especially for people who lie down a lot - for example through prolonged illness - Unpleasant tension and hardening of the muscles can occur, which can be painful when breathing. Also dislocated vertebral joints can cause the symptoms. Since there are a large number of possible causes, a doctor should be consulted if the symptoms persist for a long time.

Pain in breathing when moving

Often cause Muscle tension, which e.g. by Bad posture arise, pain when moving also when breathing. Nevertheless, it is important not to restrict yourself in terms of movement. A lack of exercise does not make the symptoms any better. Also other musculoskeletal problems can cause pain when moving - such as a herniated disc or nerve irritation. Other rare causes are also possible.

Pain in breathing when swallowing

Pain when swallowing and breathing in the back can be their cause in one Disease of the esophagus to have. Pain originating from the esophagus is mainly felt behind the breastbone and is not dependent on the breath. Radiation in the back is not excluded. A common disease of the esophagus is this heartburn, in which Stomach acid gets into the esophagus and irritates it. A Esophageal cancer leads to pain when swallowing in advanced stages. Now and then they can also present themselves in the back. Esophageal cancer, however, is rare and in very few cases is behind these symptoms.

Lower back pain when breathing

Lower back pain when breathing can have a number of causes. The lower back are common Changes in the musculoskeletal system responsible for the complaints. For example, it can be a disc prolapse, one irritated nerve or one Vertebral fracture act. Even more often, the cause lies in the muscular area. The lower back is exposed to high levels of physical stress on a daily basis. Accordingly, occur there frequently Tension on. Since the chest and abdomen are moved a lot, especially when breathing deeply, the muscles in the lower back also stretch. Tension or irritated nerves in this area can lead to pain.
Also internal organs can cause lower back pain, such as the kidney and the efferent urinary tract and the internal genital organs. Persistent complaints should therefore be clarified by a doctor.

Also read the Signs of a herniated disc.

Middle back pain when breathing

Middle back pain when breathing can be due to different causes. Here, too, the cause is often in the musculoskeletal system, as a chronic lack of exercise and predominantly sedentary activities cause many people to develop problems in the back area. Muscular tension, blocked vertebrae and irritated nerves are the result and can cause breathing-dependent pain in the middle back.
It also happens at Inflammation of the lungs and pleura often to breath-dependent pain in the middle back. When you breathe in, the lungs expand and when you breathe out, they contract again. These movements often cause pain in infections. Typically the inhalation in this case more painful than exhaling.

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Also Injuries to the ribs or vertebral bodies can cause breathing pain in this area. Bruised or broken ribs should be considered in the event of external violence, for example in the event of a fall or accident. The middle back is also more common Intercostal neuralgia on. An intercostal nerve is irritated and causes sharp pain. These can sometimes be triggered by breathing and typically run in a belt shape around one side of the torso.

Upper back pain when breathing

Breath-dependent pain in the upper back can also have various causes. Here, too, the cause is often in the musculoskeletal system. Tension are currently in the Shoulder region a common cause. Come as well Vertebral blockagesand pinched nerves that come into consideration in the case of breath-dependent pain. Herniated discs in the cervical spine area can also cause such complaints, whereby the pain then occurs less often depending on the breathing.
Infection and inflammation of the lungs and pleura however, typically cause back pain (especially when inhaling). These can also be specifically localized in the upper back. In the case of flu-like infections with strong cough Upper back pain can also go hand in hand Overuse of the chest muscles arise. Last but not least, the upper back pain can also be at Injuries to the ribs or vertebral bodies occur.

Pain in the ribs when breathing

Run under the ribs annoywhich have their origin in the spine. At a Intercostal neuralgiaare these nerves irritated. One reason could be age-related changes in the spine or an injury. By the Stretching the chest while breathing these nerves become irritated and the pain is triggered. Also Pleurisycause pain when breathing. They often assume pneumonia. Those affected usually have shallow breathing.

Pain in breathing in the shoulder blade

Here, too, the respiratory pain is often caused by the holding apparatus. Bad posture and stress are very common. It is not uncommon for intercostal neuralgia to cause pain. By e.g. age-related wear and tear In the spine, nerves can be stimulated, which run from the spine along the ribs. This leads to pain which is up radiate into the shoulder blade can. More rarely, the cause lies in the lungs themselves.

Pain in the abdomen when breathing

In addition to possible widespread muscular pain or nerve entrapment, breathing-dependent pain that pulls into the abdomen can also have other causes. For one, you can Pleurisy to pain in the Oberbach to lead. The spleen, which is located in the left upper abdomen, can also to respiratory-related complaints lead - e.g. in the context of a spleen infarction or a spleen abscess. An abscess is a cavity of pus. In a splenic infarction, spleen tissue perishes due to a vascular occlusion. Both cases are rare, but cause Pain in the spleen. Chest pain due to a Heart attack are usually not breath-dependent but can become one Shortness of breath to lead. Especially at Women in the event of a heart attack, the pain can sometimes occur in the Upper abdomen be localized.


A doctor's visit is necessary to diagnose back pain when breathing. With a detailed description of the symptoms and a exact descriptionIn which situations and where the symptoms occur, the doctor can usually narrow down the most likely causes. For further clarification is a physical examination essential, in which the doctor for example the Spine and muscles scans as well as the Lungs and heart eavesdropping. A diagnosis can often be made through these examinations. Additional examinations could be a EKG, one Ultrasound examination or a MRI be.

Concomitant symptoms

Pain in the back when breathing can be accompanied by various other symptoms. This depends on the underlying cause. In the context of Infections Occurring back pain is mostly from to cough, sniff, Sore throat and other cold symptoms accompanied. Also fever can occur. If there is tension or dislocated vertebrae, there is usually one Tenderness the affected region as well as a palpable induration in the muscles. At a Pulmonary embolism it usually comes to shortness of breath, one fast heartbeat and pain especially when inhaling. Sometimes kick Sweats and fever on.

Pain in your back and chest when you breathe

Breathing pain in the back and chest can be within the limits flu-like infections or at Problems with the musculoskeletal system occur. In the case of flu-like infections with a cough, it can lead to a heavy use of the chest muscles come. This is then irritated and painful when breathing. Also one pleurisy can cause such breath-dependent pain. If there are no symptoms of a cold, the symptoms can also be from Tension or dislocated vertebrae come.
Last but not least, the heart should always be considered when having chest pain. Heart attacks can cause chest and back pain, even if these symptoms are not typically breath-dependent. Nevertheless, a medical examination is generally recommended in the case of chest pain. Breath-dependent chest pain, which occurs mainly when inhaling, can also be due to a Pulmonary embolismClues. The pulmonary arteries are blocked by blood clots. This can come from the deep veins of the legs, for example. Pulmonary embolism should be considered if the person concerned was last immobile, had to take physical rest for a long time due to an injury, has a tumor or has returned from a long flight, train or car journey, for example. Usually there is also shortness of breath.

Also read the Pulmonary Embolism Symptoms.

Pain in breathing with pain in the lungs

Back pain associated with breathing Lung pain can in the context of flu-like infections occur.

If the infection spreads into the deeper airways or into the lung tissue, it comes to one bronchitis respectively lung infection (pneumonia). This can lead to breath-dependent lung and back pain - especially if strong urge to cough comes in addition. The resulting pleurisy can also cause severe pain. In these cases, medical treatment is absolutely necessary in order to achieve healing as quickly as possible and to avoid complications.

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Treatment / therapy

The therapy for back pain while breathing depends on the underlying cause. Since the cause often lies in tension, can warmth and Massages help alleviate the discomfort. It may also be necessary to have a to straighten slipped vertebrae. In the case of flu-like infections, the back pain usually goes away on its own, even if the infection recedes. Very unpleasant complaints can also occur temporarily Painkillers be treated, however, serious illnesses should be excluded as the cause of the pain beforehand.


Breathing pain in the back is usually just from temporary duration, as they are usually an expression of a temporary disorder in the musculoskeletal system or a symptom of an infectious disease.If the cause is eliminated, the back pain will usually subside again soon. Persistent complaints should definitely be clarified by a doctor in order to be able to provide relief as soon as possible.

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