How to Treat Back Pain Caused by COPD?

Q: Will COPD cause back pain?

A: COPD patients may sometimes experience chest pain and back pain. Lung pain is not common in COPD. The lung pain that you can feel actually comes from the chest wall, which may be due to coughing very hard. In fact, the symptom of COPD may not cause back directly. Most back pain comes from coughing too much.

A: I keep asking the doctors about it. Both my regular m.d and pulmonologist said COPD doesn’t come with back pain. I think sometimes it comes from coughing so much, but this pain that sits just below the should blades. I wonder sometime if it isn’t because we tend to walk and move differently when trying to keep from becoming breathless. And I do think some of it is from not being as active as I used to be.

A: I also have the back pain. It was very severe. It’s just right in thre area of my lungs. I know it’s from my COPD.

Q: How can I treat the back pain?

A:  There are a variety of options available for you. Although COPD itself doesn’t directly cause pain, symptoms like persistent cough and chest tightness can cause pain. Pain treatment is an essential part of COPD treatment. The right strategy for COPD pain management can vary depending on the cause of your pain and how advanced your COPD is. The common options for COPD pain relief include:

Paying attention to your breathing: slowing your breathing down can help you feel more in control and relax your mind and body. Try breathing techniques like pursed lip breathing and diaphragmatic breathing.

Eating a healthy diet: avoid fatty, fried, and processed foods which can contribute to gas and bloating. In order to eat a balanced diet, you should eat plenty of grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy and lean meat, fish, and poultry

Pulmonary rehabilitation: it’s the best treatment for chest pain due to expanded lungs. This approach includes physical therapy, emotional support, and breathing retraining. It could also decrease anxiety as well as improve strength and endurance.

Pain medication: If your pain is mild, you can try some OTC medications like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. If your pain is more severe, your doctor may prescribe some opioid medications which are used to treat chronic pain. But you should pay attention that those pain treatment medications may decrease breathing.

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