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I'm a 53 year old male, just getting over a common cold, I

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I'm a 53 year old male, just getting over a common cold, I have been having back pain, that started in my lower left side and has moved from there to my upper back and shoulders, when I couch extreme pain, now in my right shoulder and upper right arm.
JA: Have you had any recent injuries? What seems to make the pain better or worse?
Customer: No right shoulder operation 10 years ago, fairly healthy, non smoker
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I have a heart mummer and I have had phamoina twice
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 6 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 6 months ago.

The pain is likely to be musculoskeletal (strain and sprain of muscles and ligaments). Cold is a viral infection, which makes muscles predisposed to injury even by the trivial trauma like coughing. Even mild bending or small weight lifting may also cause these pain. Ibuprofen and local analgesic cream would be recommended.

Having said that, if you have any other symptoms like fever, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, breathlessness; this would need an exam by your doctor.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 6 months ago.

Your symptoms do not suggest anything serious like heart disease. But if you have any of the following risk factors, you may consult your doctor for an EKG;

1) stress and sedentary life style

2) peripheral vascular disease (claudication),

3) previous stroke,

4) heavy smoking,

5) high blood pressure,

6) diabetes,

7) high cholesterol, and

8) a family history of heart disease

9) over weight.

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