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A 21-year-old member asked:

I have pain in my upper back on the right side. could there be something seriously wrong? what serious conditions?

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Dr. Carin Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Many things - possib: Possibly serious. Heart/lung/musculoskeletal are most common. Can you breathe deeply and comfortably? Any nausea or shortness of breath? See a doctor right away.
Dr. Nolan Segal
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Not likely: The upper back is a common area for muscle tension. Serious problems would be cervical or thoracic discs with referred pain or referred pain from internal organs.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

What medication helps for pain in upper right side of the back ?

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Dr. Robert Kent
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 12 years experience
Depends...: This completely depends on what the nature of the pain might be. Pain in upper right side of back can be anything from muscle strain, rib issues, to liver or gallbladder issues. Its difficult to recommend any medications without being sure where the pain is coming from. This should be assessed by a physical exam and workup to rule out any internal issues. Hope this helps and best of luck!

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