Many conditions can lead to chest and back pain, including a rare condition called an aortic dissecting aneurysm, which will result in chest pain as well as pain in your back. If you are experiencing sudden and severe chest pain that travels through to your back this is the symptom of a dissecting aneurysm. The pain may travel down your legs and arms as well, according to Dr. Mark R. Anderson of Ripria.org. The most important tip off that a dissecting aneurysm is occurring is the combination of back pain along with hypertension.
The University of Maryland Medical Center describes an aortic dissection as possibly life-threatening. When this condition occurs, bleeding takes place in and along the wall of the aorta. The aorta is the major artery leaving the heart. An aortic dissection is the result of damage or tear to the inner wall of the aorta.
A heart attack can result in both chest and back pain. Some individuals experience discomfort or pain in their neck, jaw, arms, stomach as well as their back and chest when suffering from a heart attack, notes the Oregon Health and Science University. The chest discomfort, which is often in the center of the chest, will be a squeezing sensation or a sensation of fullness, pressure and pain. The sensation can last for a few minutes, go away and then come back.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that can cause muscle pain in your chest wall. The pain is usually in the middle of the chest and manifests itself in both sharp and dull pain, which are intermittent, and which may get worse when taking deep breaths or moving around. Costochondritis is the contained form of fibromyalgia, and it causes chest pain because it causes inflammation of the cartilage between he ribs, according to Athritis-treatment-and-relief.com. Fibromyalgia can also cause your back to hurt as well as other muscles in your body.
If you are experiencing back pain that moves to the front of your chest, you may have a compressed nerve or compression fracture, according to Familydoctor.org.
Chest pain can occur if you are having problems with other parts of your body, including your spine, the back muscles and associated nerves; your chest wall, which includes the muscles in this area, the ribs and the skin; if the lining of your lungs, which is called the pleura, or your lungs or trachea are infected or injured this can cause chest pain. When the sac around your heart, which is called the pericardium, becomes infected this will result in chest pain. You may be experiencing referred pain from your gall bladder, pancreas or stomach, which are abdominal organs.