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Greencastle, IN
A 43-year-old male asked:

Been having upper back discomfort/pain - between shoulder blades. noticed last couple days that when i'm swallowing food the back pain increases just when swallowing. been putting heat on area lately. could it be tight back/neck muscles?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Pain in swallowing: Upper back discomfort is usually caused by musculoskeletal issues involving the vertebrae or paravetebral muscles. However the relationship to swallowing raises the possibility of an esophageal disorder which usually is felt in the front of the chest but can be an interscapular discomfort. See your MD for an examination to determine whether it's an esophageal or musculoskeletal problem.

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