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I have a faint rash to my neck/cheek, asthma diagnosis 2 yrs ago requiring freq streriods, migraines, and chronic neck/upper back pain. Could this be lupus?

I have a faint rash to my neck/cheek, asthma diagnosis 2 yrs ago requiring freq streriods, migraines, and chronic neck/upper back pain. Could this be lupus?

Need evaluation: Lupus is an autoimmune disorder where the body "reacts against self" for unknown reasons. Lupus can be difficult to diagnose and requires blood tests. Almost all patients with lupus have joint pain/arthritis and many have chest pain, fatigue, fever, hair loss, mouth sores, sensitivity to sunlight and rash on face. Almost any body organ system can be affected. Asthma is not associated with lupus. ...Read more

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Dr. Praveen Mambalam
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Thoracic (Upper Back) Strain (Definition)

Discomfort or pain in the back at the level of the rib cage to the neck. Although upper back pain is not as common as lower back pain, the causes are often the same and include muscle strain or irritation (most common), injury to the spine leading to slipped disc or degeneration, or the pinching of a nerve in the back. ...Read more


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27/male - shortness of breath 6 months, upper back pain, intercoastal muscle knots, thoracic kyphosis, constant anxiety, allergies, asthma? Whatisit?

27/male - shortness of breath 6 months, upper back pain, intercoastal muscle knots, thoracic kyphosis, constant anxiety, allergies, asthma? Whatisit?

Tx anxiety/symptoms: It sounds as though you have some physical issues to deal with, all of which are magnified greatly by your anxiety. All need to be attended to. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Diagnosed w bacterial infection (sore throat & flu sympt) Cough is getting worse (times) and now chest and upper back pain. Doesn't feel like asthma.

Diagnosed w bacterial infection (sore throat & flu sympt) Cough is getting worse (times) and now chest and upper back pain. Doesn't  feel like asthma.

Mgt/workup: Since you have had a bacterial or flu like illness, the cough may be a result of bronchitis, pneumonia or inflammation of the lung/lining of the lung. I would suggest a pulmonary function test if it does not improve within three weeks. ...Read more

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Ok have bad upper back pain?

Ok have bad upper back pain?

PT: Was probably just muscle pain. I would recommend you get into a formal course of physical therapy along with anti-inflammatory medications. This should do the trick. ...Read more

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How do I soothe upper back pain?

How do I soothe upper back pain?

Cause: Without knowing the cause it is difficult to treat. Use over the counter medications before you reach physician. Do not delay, consider er, if it is acute pain. ...Read more

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What causes upper back pain usually?

Posture!: Most of the people that come to me with this type of pain (pain not from an injury) are doing something repeatedly or for long periods of time where they hold their arms out in front of them. (reading, computing, etc.) they have pain in the rhomboidal muscles, or trapezius. They respond to nsaias and stretching exercises usually, with physical therapy for some. Correcting the posture can help. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of my upper back pain?

What could be the cause of my upper back pain?

Many Possibilities: Given that this has been going on for so long, i would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Upper back pain on both sides. What could it be?

Upper back pain on both sides.  What could it be?

Upper back pain: is a very common problem, affecting about 10-12% percent of the adult population in the US leading to nerve problem. Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc or encroached upon by bony overgrowth. Rec.: see an interventional pain management specialist. It is a conservative non-surgical treatment. ...Read more

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Upper back pain undef left shoulder?

Thoracic pain: This is unfortunately a very nonspecific complaint and could represent anything from scapulothoracic pathology to cervical radiculopathy to underlying chest pathology (i.e. Heart, lungs). If the pain has been present for over 6 weeks or is severe and waking you at night or if there are any other concerns then you should see a physician. ...Read more

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How to get rid of my upper back pain?

How to get rid of my upper back pain?

Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, i would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What could upper back pain (burning) be?

What could upper back pain (burning) be?

Severl possibilities: You are very young for spinal causes of back pain and when doctors hear the word burning they also thing about nerve pain, sciatica and infection for starters. Thus, it would be fantastic for you to see your PCP or even Ob/Gyn or possibly Spine Specialist for an initial evaluation to ensure you are not pregnant or with infection and then to obtain a more complete history and do an exam.Update us. ...Read more

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How do I avoid upper back pain when i run?

Depends: It varies somewhat. You would certainly want to make sure you warm up well before starting, that you stretch, and that you have good cushion in your shoes. Sometimes running on a softer surface such as a track or treadmill may be needed. If this does not help, you may want to be checked to determine the cause of your pain. Thank you. ...Read more

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Can shingles cause extreme upper back pain.

Can shingles cause extreme upper back pain.

Nerve Pain BAD Yes: Yes, shingles can affect just about any piece of skin on your body. Our fancy word for these areas = "dermatome". Suffice it to say that these are highways the virus decides to travel down...Usually one sided.....And exquisitely painful. ...Read more

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Mid chest and upper back pain when stretch?

Probable Rib Problem: This description is most often seen in my practice when a patient has a rib that has gotten locked-down in front.Usually, ribs rise with inhalation or with stretching.If something causes them to stop moving upward, pain in both front and back usually occur.Osteopathic hands-on exam can often find the culprit which can then be relieved with manipulation of the rib (or, sometimes vertebra). ...Read more

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What are the treatments for upper back pain?

Depends: It depends in part on the length and severity of the pain as well as the underlying cause. Many simple cases are treated with rest and medications, more involved cases are often treatd with physical therapy or chiropractic. Imaging the spine to aid in the diagnosis is oftened used for potentially more aggressive options. Thank you. ...Read more

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What are ways to get rid of upper back pain?

What are ways to get rid of upper back pain?

Activity: The best way to get rid of upper back pain if it is due to a musculoskeletal cause would be to stay active and participate in stretching and strengthening exercises. ...Read more

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Would cercical steonis cause upper back pain?

YES: Typically caused by the tug of war your paraspinal muscles and other soft tissues trying to maintain the spacing between your vertebrae. ...Read more

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How to treat severe upper back pain left side?

How to treat severe upper back pain left side?

Neck and back pain: The back pain can be caused by many issues such as muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... If you pain is severe, you should seek medical care as soon as possible for appropriate evaluation and treatment ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more