Never ignore upper back pain especially if you have any lung issues. If you are experiencing chest and back pain there may be an issue with your lungs. Your lungs are connected to your upper back muscles. During a back chest infection it is common to have chest and upper back pain. The pain in more pronounced while coughing or lying down. During time of infection your lungs are being worked over time. If you have upper back pain that isn’t triggered by movement the cause of pain may be stemming from the spine. Aortic dissection is a serious condition where a tear develops in the inner layer of the aorta. Blood rushes through the tear to the middle layer of the aorta causing the middle and inner layers to separate. If the channel ruptures it can be deadly. Signs of aortic dissection include, sudden and sever chest and upper back pain, shortness of breath, loss of consciousness, difficulty speaking, and sweating. If you are experiencing these symptoms seek emergency medical assistance immediately. Heavy lifting, twist, and high intensity exercise can also be a reason you experience chest and back pain. You may be working muscles that are not use to being used. If you live a sedentary lifestyle where you are slumped over the computer more hours than not posture could also be a cause of pain. Pay attention to surrounding symptoms. Know when it’s time to head to the hospital or make an appointment with your doctor. Moving fast enough could save your life.