Can asthma make your back hurt?

Asthma can cause your lungs to work harder than normal. This can result in chronic low-grade pain in your back.

Asthma can also cause chest tightness, shortness of breath, and wheezing.

If you’ve been diagnosed with asthma and have had back pain, your doctor will likely order tests to determine whether you have asthma.

They will also likely recommend that you take medications, such as inhaled corticosteroids (ICS), to reduce the inflammation in your airways.

Asthma is a chronic condition. You may need to take asthma medications for several years.

If you have asthma that’s not well-controlled, you may want to talk to your doctor about trying a different prescription medication.

What are the symptoms of asthma?

Asthma symptoms vary from person to person. The following are some of the most common symptoms.

Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath is the most common symptom of asthma. This symptom is often described as the feeling of “weighing” your chest and shortness of breath.

Shortness of breath is often worse when you’re lying down, and it can last for several minutes.


Wheezing is a symptom of asthma. It can be a loud whistling sound that comes from your chest.

This symptom is usually worse when you’re breathing in, but it can also occur when you’re taking a deep breath.


Coughing is a symptom of asthma. It can be a dry, hacking cough that comes from your chest. It can also cause an itchy, scratchy feeling in your chest.

Coughing can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.

Chest pain

Chest pain is another common symptom of asthma. It can be a dull or sharp pain that occurs in your chest.

Chest pain can be caused by chest infections, asthma, or other health conditions.

It can occur at any time, even when you’re at rest.

What can affect the way I breathe?

The following are some other possible causes of chest pain.

Chest infection

A chest infection is a bacterial or viral infection of the chest or lungs. They can cause a wide range of symptoms, including:

  • Tightness in your chest
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Earache

If you have a chest infection, the pain may spread to your neck.


Anaphylaxis is a serious allergic reaction that can cause airway swelling and trouble breathing. This is a medical emergency.

If you have asthma, you may be more likely to develop anaphylaxis.

Learn more: Anaphylaxis

Congestive heart failure

Congestive heart failure is a condition in which your heart does not pump blood properly. It can lead to serious symptoms, such as:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Swelling of your legs, ankles, or feet
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat

If you have asthma, you may have a hard time controlling your symptoms. This can lead to shortness of breath at rest.


A stroke is a life-threatening blockage or blood clot in one of your major blood vessels. It can cause a loss of feeling in the limbs and loss of movement on one side of your body.

A stroke can happen suddenly. It can also affect people of all ages.

A stroke happens when a blood clot blocks an artery in your brain. It can also damage the brain cells that control movement and breathing.

Learn more: Stroke

When should I see my healthcare provider?

If you’re experiencing symptoms of asthma, talk to your healthcare provider.

You should also talk to your healthcare provider if you:

  • Have symptoms of a heart attack
  • Have symptoms of a stroke
  • Have symptoms of a chest infection

Your healthcare provider may recommend that you take medications to reduce the symptoms of asthma. These medications include ICS and bronchodilators.

You should also talk to your healthcare provider if you have other lung conditions, such as:

  • Lung cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchitis

What are the treatment options?

Asthma can be managed with a combination of medications. Taking these medications regularly can improve your symptoms.

You may need to take a combination of asthma medications, such as ICS and bronchodilators, for the rest of your life.

You should talk to your healthcare provider about the best treatment plan for you.

How can I prevent asthma?

You can’t prevent asthma. But you can prevent certain triggers from becoming a problem.

The best way to prevent your asthma from worsening is to avoid the triggers that are associated with it.

You can do this by taking the following steps:

  • Learn more: Asthma triggers
  • Avoid known asthma triggers

You should also learn how to recognize your symptoms. You should have your peak flow measured and your symptoms recorded.

This helps you get treatment early. You can also set up an asthma action plan. This plan helps you decide what you will do in order to control your asthma.

What’s the long-term outlook?

Asthma can be managed with medications and a combination of different medications.

If you take your medications as directed, you should be able to control your symptoms.

Asthma is a chronic disease. It can last for years. You may need to take medications for the rest of your life.

How to find a healthcare provider?

You can talk to your healthcare provider about your symptoms and how they’re affecting your life.

They may be able to refer you to a specialist in respiratory conditions. They may also be able to refer you to a pulmonologist.

Your healthcare provider will work with you to create an asthma action plan. This plan will include how often you’ll need to take your medications.

The takeaway

Chest pain can be a symptom of asthma. If you’re experiencing chest pain, you should see your doctor. They can work with you to create an asthma action plan.

Asthma can also be a sign of a heart attack, stroke, and lung infection. If you’re having chest pain, talk to your doctor. They can refer you to a specialist. You should also talk to your doctor if you:

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