Back Pain Since Returning From Afghanistan

Patient

Q: I returned from a year long tour in Afghanistan in 2008, since then I have had chronic back pain. Mainly the pain is behind my lungs and my lower back. Recently I was diagnosed with a degenerative hip and I am awaiting a hip scope. My Primary Care Manager read an article about upper back pain in Afghan vets and it being related to lung cancer. However after a chest xray, that came back clear he dismissed it. But I am still having this terrible sharp pain behind my lungs under my shoulder blades. Any ideas? I was also diagnosed with Malaria and Jeep Riders Disease when I returned, not sure if those could help but I thought I would throw that in there.

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