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Upper back pain for a few months, nothing helping, progressive worsening, suddenly too painful to sleep laying down and wakes me up, what should I do?

Upper back pain for a few months, nothing helping, progressive worsening, suddenly too painful to sleep laying down and wakes me up, what should I do?

Get it checked: We do not have enough information to tell you what is causing your pain. You have had it for few months. It is about time you consult your doctor to find out what is causing the pain and get it treated. It may be Muscular pain or pain coming from the thoracic or Cervicsl spine. You may need meds and /or Physical therapy and other trsatment depending on the Diagnosis. Consult your Doctor ...Read more

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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I can't sleep having sharp chest and upper back pain?

I can't sleep having sharp chest and upper back pain?

Chest, back pain: Please make an appointment to see a medical doctor to discuss your chest and upper back pain and insomnia. A good history and physical exam can help rule out anything serious such as cardiac disease and the doctor can advise as to pain treatment. Often young women suffer from breast cyst pain and muscle/skeletal strain syndromes. ...Read more

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What's a comfortable sleeping position for upper back pain?

What's a comfortable sleeping position for upper back pain?

Back pain: Sleep flat in bed without a pillow. A solid matress is also helpful. ...Read more

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Early Morning for last 1mt I have Upper back pain, I cannot continue sleeping. Its not there at day time, recently started doing yoga, what's the issue?

Early Morning for last 1mt I have Upper back pain, I cannot continue sleeping. Its not there at day time, recently started doing yoga, what's the issue?

Back pain: You may have inflammed the rib head as it inserts into the spine when doing yoga poses. Apply ice to the affected area at night and rest the upper back. Chiropractic manipulation may help to reduce the pain. Anti-inflammatory medication or muscle relaxers and massage may relieve the pain too. ...Read more

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I have an upper back pain and I can't sleep at night cuz of it, is this bad, would I need to go to the hospital for it because I've been having this fo?

I have an upper back pain and I can't sleep at night cuz of it, is this bad, would I need to go to the hospital for it because I've been having this fo?

No: At age 18 it is doubtful that you have something deadly. I would simply make an appointment to see your doctor and get it checked out. I would not spend the time or the money to go to the hospital. There are several possibilities, but in your age group, it is usually something with your muscles. ...Read more

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My husband has upper back pain, pain in the chest and a bit in both of his arm pits it only happens at night 2 hours into his sleep.

My husband has upper back pain, pain in the chest and a bit in both of his arm pits it only happens at night 2 hours into his sleep.

Could be his: Sleeping position or from the mattress if it is old not supporting his back. If the back is not supported it can hurt into the armpits and around into the front of the chest all the way around to the middle. Have him try a different sleeping position for certain. If that does not help have him see a doctor for evaluation of his upper spine. But I would bet on the sleeping position or the mattress. ...Read more

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I've had fatigue and upper back pain. My fam has been sick. I had to take care of a baby and did not get much sleep. I don't get sick often. Help.?

I've had fatigue and upper back pain. My fam has been sick. I had to take care of a baby and did not get much sleep. I don't get sick often. Help.?

Sleep: You probably are just over fatigued yourself! All that stress and lack of sleep and taking care of a baby will definitely do all that to you. Have you taken anything for your back pain like acetaminophen or ibuprofen or naproxen? I would suggest 500mg naproxen twice a day and some heat to the upper back and do your best to catch up on your sleep. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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Upper back pain and sore sholder blades at night while sleeping. How to I stop this?

Upper back pain and sore sholder blades at night while sleeping. How to I stop this?

Support: Oftentimes this is muscular during the day and at night gets agravated by positioning. A help can be a supportive mattress or pillow. ...Read more

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I had 2 lower deep fillings done 2 days ago and now have severe neck, shoulder and upper back pain. I cant sleep from it. What should I do?

Trapezius Myalgia: Moist heat, passive stretching and Aleve (naproxen) OTC is usually the best choice for the sudden pain, stiffness, and dull aches that are characteristic of muscular-type pain. See your doctor if you have no improvement in your condition after 1 week. ...Read more

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28 weeks preg, have serve right upper back pain for 3 weeks which spreads round to the front of my ribs, gets worse at night cant sleep on either sid?

28 weeks preg, have serve right upper back pain for 3 weeks which spreads round to the front of my ribs, gets worse at night cant sleep on either sid?

Upper back pain: Upper back pain involves the thoracic vertebral bodies, the rib heads that attach to the spine, the tendons and ligaments that insert on/in the spine, and discs between the vertebrae. The tendons and ligaments become more lax during pregnancy in preparation for the baby going through the birth canal. Massage and ice may relieve the pain. See a spine specialist for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Weird symptoms past 2 days. Can't sleep, (4 hrs in 2 days) increased thirst, chest pain and upper back pain, headache, cough?

Weird symptoms past 2 days. Can't sleep, (4 hrs in 2 days) increased thirst, chest pain and upper back pain, headache, cough?

See your doc: Hi. That could be any number of things. Are you peeing more? Any fever or sweats? Any sputum production? Shortness of breath? Your doc can do a history, physical exam, and appropriate diagnostics, and see if anything needs to be done. Good luck and get well soon! ...Read more

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While I sleep, I begin to feel upper back pain, and numbness in my arms. The numbness switches from arm to arm when I roll, and stops, when I sit up.?

Maybe neck problem: Arm numbness may be the way it is positioned, affecting circulation of nerves. But the upper back pain along with it suggests a neck problem. Check with your primary provider or a neck (spinal) specialist for a check up. ...Read more

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Upper back pain, right beneath shoulder blades, diahreaha and fatigue. Trouble sleeping over 3 hours has been going on now for a month. Have had gallb?

Upper back pain, right beneath shoulder blades, diahreaha and fatigue. Trouble sleeping over 3 hours has been going on now for a month. Have had gallb?

Chronic Diarrhea: With diarrhea that has lasted this long, you need to be evaluated. There are several infectious and non-infectious causes. Get a referral to a gastroenterologist and have your stool tested for O&P, get a full history and exam done. Wash your hands and stay hydrated.

http://www. Cdc. Gov/healthywater/hygiene/disease/chronic_diarrhea. Html ...Read more

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Upper back pain in shoulder blade area. Best way to fix this?

Nerve root irritatio: If you have superficial muscle spasms, you can be helped usually by massage. Massage that is helpful is usually enjoyable. If the massage causes you pain and is unpleasant, the massage is teasing the deep muscle spasms to go more into spasm instead of releasing it. Please make sure that you are not over exercising or lifting heavy things. You will need to be evaluated by your family doctor and a. ...Read more

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What tests would best determine the cause of upper back pain, with should pain also? Where would you go for those tests?

What tests would best determine the cause of upper back pain, with should pain also? Where would you go for those tests?

First step first: I am not sure what is the nature of your pain (when does it occur, left vs right or mid, during day/night, at rest, when active, or both), and how long you have had this pain. Also, any trauma? Type of work you do? First and right thing to do is consult with your doc for a thorough history and physical examination, which maybe all u need, and work-up if needed. Motrin/aleve for now. Good luck. ...Read more

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Have upper back pain for 3 months. I'v had MRI, Xray, blood test, and Phys Therapy. Doctor doesn't know cause but recommends TCA. Is TCA best option?

Have upper back pain for 3 months. I'v had MRI, Xray, blood test, and Phys Therapy. Doctor doesn't know cause but recommends TCA. Is TCA best option?

TCA: This is an option. Continue your physical therapy or at least home exercises. Keep moving. One thing about the use of TCA is you should notice benefit in 2 to 4 weeks. ...Read more

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I have sharp upper back pain, that radiates all the way through my chest randomly throughout the day. I am only 22 years old, what could cause this?

I have sharp upper back pain, that radiates all the way through my chest randomly throughout the day. I am only 22 years old, what could cause this?

Chest pain: May be pleuritis, given your age and asthma issues. May be costochondritis, a very common problem also in your age group. Less common, but more ominous is cardiac pain--get that one checked asap. ...Read more

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Moderate upper back pain, across entire back, been hurting for about 6 hrs, seem to be getting worse. Intensifies if I turn or twist a certain way?

Moderate upper back pain, across entire back, been hurting for about 6 hrs, seem to be getting worse. Intensifies if I turn or twist a certain way?

Midback pain: It always depends on why you are hurting. Sometimes our careers cause repetitive motion that causes irritation to the area, other times it may be related to trauma (such as car accidents). Either way typically back pain resolves within 3-6 weeks with conservative therapy (rest, ice, anti inflammatories, etc). If you are still persisting with pain then see your doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What can cause upper back pain?

What can cause upper back pain?

Many causes: Cardiac causes including valvular or coronary heart disease, angina, throracic or addominl aneuryms, thoracic masses intrathoracic or extra thoracic, bulging/herniated thoracic or cervical discs, muscle spasms, clavicle fractures, referred shoulder or neck problems, pulmonary edema, luminary embolus, vertebral fractures or masses, post surgical scar tissues, beast rumors, arthritis of spine. ...Read more

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What does an upper back pain mean?

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What does an upper back pain mean?

Back pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. ..
It is difficult to identify the cause of your pain from the question. Please see a doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bad upper back pain?

Upper back pqin: Many causes. Some are related to shoulder problems. Can also be muscles, bones, joints, discs, nerves in upper back/neck. Best to see doctor for good evaluation and discussion of possible dx and treatment options ...Read more

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Which test should I get for upper back pain?

Which test should I get for upper back pain?

Upper back pain: Upper back pain could be a symptom of disc herniation, joint problems or just muscles. What are the accompanying symptoms? Any tingling or numbness in arms? Any pain with rotation or flexion of the neck? Any headaches?
Mri is best for evaluating the spine. ...Read more

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I am having upper back pain. How do I treat it?

It's usually muscle: Strain. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (if no allergy) and warm packs application should help. If it gets worse seek medical help. ...Read more

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Upper back pain on center on and off what is it?

Difficult: There are many reasons for upper back pain, and it is difficult to tell what's causing it with the information you gave. It is best to see your doctor for proper evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on how I can relieve upper back pain?

Any suggestions on how I can relieve upper back pain?

Usually muscular: If only of short duration & only occuring with certain positions or movement, it sounds muscular & should resolve with time. You can try over the counter medication and heat to the area like a heating pad. If it persists or worsens or if you develop any other symptoms, see your doctor. Occasionally it can be from other regions like a stomach ulcer or from an actual tumor or spine infection. ...Read more

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How would I give a targeted massage for upper back pain?

How would I give a targeted massage for upper back pain?

2 Steps: Locate the area it is bothering you, then do the target massage on it your self or some body else could do it foryou. ...Read more

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Sudden upper back pain since july. The pain is severe. What is it?

Sudden upper back pain since july. The pain is severe. What is it?

Nerve impingement: Can be caused by nerve being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc. It can cause muscle spasm, back pain and burning pain. This condition must be professionally managed. See an interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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Could a cough lead to upper back pain?

Could a cough lead to upper back pain?

Yes: Most likely secondary to muscle strain or if cough is due to pneumonia, then pleuritic chest or back pain depending on part of lung involved. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat upper back pain?

Various.: Medication, pt, massage, injections. It depends on the exact diagnosis that you have and how much it is affecting your daily activities. ...Read more

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Upper back pain on right side of spine?

Upper back pain on right side of spine?

Rhomboid strain: Tenderness is a hallmark nsaids, and a good massage heat will help muscle pain. ...Read more

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I have constant upper back pain and neck?

I have constant upper back pain and neck?

Neck and back pain: The neck and back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. ..
If your pain persists, you should seek help from a health care provider. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more

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What can cause a stabbing upper back pain?

What can cause a stabbing upper back pain?

Several things: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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Upper back pain when I take break from bikram?

Hard to say: This is hard to say without more information. Do you only have the pain in classes or does it last in between classes. Do certain poses cause pain and others do not? Are you maintaining proper alignment during your poses? Is anyone checking your alignment? Are you doing more than your body can handle at the moment? Lost of questions to be answered and then perhaps the cause can be determined. ...Read more

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Can sitting for too long cause upper back pain?

Yes: Poor sitting posture, an inadequate chair design and long periods of sittibg can affect your back. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...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