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    Hi. I’ve been having some medical problems in the past year and was wondering if anyone else has had, or know somebody that has had the same problems. I have been a heavy drinker for about the past 10 years. I have finally weened myself down to 2 or 3 beers a day from 9 or 10. About a year ago I started having back pain in my upper back; just below my left shoulder blade about an inch away from the spine. It started as more of just an annoyance, but the pain has gradually gotten worse. It isn’t a stabbing pain; just feels like someone pushing their thumb into my back. The back pain also came with a cough. I don’t smoke, so I know its not from that. Its not a hacking cough either. More like dust in my throat kinda of cough. I’ve had Xrays, blood tests, diabetes test, a full cardio exam complete with nuclear dye and stress test, been to the chiro numerous times…nobody can determine the cause. The one thing that I did discover is there may/may not be something with my lungs. I have never had an asthma attack, but they are able to induce one on me. My lungs look and sound fine, but with a deep breath the pain gets more intense. They’ve put me on every kind of asthma medication on the market but nothing helps with the back pain. I guess what I am wondering, could alcohol be the source of the pain? Anybody ever experience somthing like this? The back pain is with me regaurdless of whether I am drinking or not. I stopped drinking for 2 weeks, but the pain didn’t go away really. Anyone got anything? Doctors are stumped…..

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