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i'm 29f, healthy weight, neck/upper back pain for 2 yrs, back spasms last thurs so severe i had to go to er.also recently developed yellow sclera! help!?

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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Yellow sclera: I'm more concerned about the yellow sclera in your eyes than the back pain for 2 years. It could mean something is going on with your liver - something you should see the doctor right away for. It probably doesn't have anything to do with the back pain that's been going on for 2 years.
Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
See a doctor.: Yellow sclera is a sign of liver disease or even pancreatic cancer (the disease that killed steve jobs) and should be evaluated by a doctor. Neck and back pain can be coming from disc disease or arthritis. You should see an orthopedic surgeon and get x-rays. Depending on what the doctor finds, an MRI may be obtained. Acute onset of yellow sclera should be evaluated right away, don't wait on that.

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Last updated Dec 16, 2014

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