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Hello everyone. I am 46, ex smoker (quit over a year ago), was social smoker for about 6 years before that and prior to that probably smoked 20 a day for 25 years. Had an ache around my right shoulder blade for approx 3 months so saw my doctor, who sent me for a CT Scan given smoking history. I was diagnosed with bilateral apical paraseptal emphysema - central airways patent nad normal and no suspicious pulmonary nodules identified. It was a non-contrast scan. That was Feb 2015. This month (April 2015), I did a spirometry test and my FEV1% is at 89.5% - which seems to be good news as the predicted rate was 82.4%. So the doctor doesn't seem too concerned and most of the time, I try to not freak out. However, I have still got some back pain in what feels like the area of my lungs. It is not the same dull pain that caused me to go to the doctor in the first instance, which almost felt muscular (but probably wasn't). This feels more like it is my lungs and is slightly sharper but short and intermittent and has been going on for about 5 days now. Deep breathing doesn't bother it. I do exercise and get a little short of breath and a little wheezy but I think I have always been like that. Any thoughts or anyone experience back pain? Is that normal? Thank you all for your time.
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