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I've seen a rheumy about my burning/prickly muscle pain in upper back. Mri and bloods clear. They think poss fibro. Should I see a neurologist?

I've seen a rheumy about my burning/prickly muscle pain in upper back. Mri and bloods clear. They think poss fibro. Should I see a neurologist?

It's your call.: My assumption is if all your tests are normal & u don't have weakness, numbness & tingling of your extremities, then likely it's not serious. Your pain likely is musculoskeletal in nature, possibly a pinched nerve in your cervical or thoracic spine, a bruising or strained muscle or ligament from strenuous physical activity. Fibromyalgia is a (clinical) DX of exclusion. Take care! ...Read more

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I have upper back pain (for 3 days), when I move some ways, bend over, lift things etc. I was trampolining 1wk ago could it be a muscle pain?

I have upper back pain (for 3 days), when I move some ways, bend over, lift things etc. I was trampolining 1wk ago could it be a muscle pain?

Likely: Positional sharp pain that is reproducible by pressing on that location is generally muscular or sprain-related. Rec: stretching (yoga), heat pads, rest. May take 1-2 weeks to improve. ...Read more

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I have mid to upper back pain. It feels as though my muscles never relaxed and feel strained. What could be wrong?

I have mid to upper back pain. It feels as though my muscles never relaxed and feel strained. What could be wrong?

Chain reaction: Your entire spine is a series of curves. If one area's stuck or tight, another might shift or take on more loading that you feel as strain. See a doctor (do/md) skilled in rehab and osteopathic manipulative treatment to determine underlying medical concerns as well as biomechanical factors and treatment by them or by pt. Also find ways to relax your inner self as well as body. ...Read more

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I have had upper back pain for one year and right flank burning 1 year. I was diagnosed with mono today but it is not accute. Does mono cause this?

I have had upper back pain for one year and right flank burning 1 year. I was diagnosed with mono today but it is not accute. Does mono cause this?

Complicated: Did anybody check you for kidney stones or did you see your gynecologist? There are many possibilities from strain to spine problems. I and any other physician will need more information to narrow the scope of potential problems. ...Read more

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Having some pretty bad upper back pain and im also feeling pain in my chest for the past 10 hours should I be concerned or did I just pull a muscle?

In your age group: Serious conditions like heart attacks are unlikely, but you need an evaluation by a physician to make a diagnosis. It could still be something bad like a blood clot, gallbladder disease, stomach ulcer. Get checked out! ...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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Left upper back pain. What can I take that would help? Did I pull a muscle?

Back Pain: You may be able to treat it with over the counter medication, otherwise see your provider who might recommend physical therapy. ...Read more

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Really bad upper back pain behind rib and down the left side what could be the cause of it? Muscles?

Really bad upper back pain behind rib and down the left side what could be the cause of it? Muscles?

Hard to say: Unless you injured it, it would be unusual to have really bad back pain from the muscles in your back. There are many potential causes some of which are musculoskeletal, but some which are not. A kidney infection, known as a pyelonephritis is just one example. Consider being checked. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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I have been having upper back pain for about three weeks on my right side. Burning, comes and goes. Should I be worried? No sob? Motrin helps some.

Probably Muscular: This type of pain is usually muscular and should run its course. If you have not been seen by your pcp, now is the time since it has not improved. This can also be a referred pain from reflux or even the neck or shoulder. Go get checked out. ...Read more

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Having upper back pain between shoulder blades no other symptoms 31 year old female burning feeling?

Having upper back pain between shoulder blades no other symptoms 31 year old female burning feeling?

Trigger points: Pain in the midline of the back or around the shoulder blades is usually muscular. Trigger points, fairly specific areas that when pressed reproduce or trigger the pain, are common and muscular. Levator scapula syndrome is a variant near the top of the shoulder blade. Good posture, avoid looking down at computer screens. Try ice/heat, nsaid's, and salonpas hot patches. ...Read more

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Can herniated disc cause shoulder and upper back pain and burning?

Depends: Disc herniations that are large enough can cause nerve compression that will cause referred pain along the pathway of the nerve. The shoulder is mainly covered by nerves coming from the neck. There should also be referred pain into the upper arm or even hand. Isolated burning tho the back of the shoulder and upper back may be less likely due to a disc hernia tion. ...Read more

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Is there any reason I would get thigh burning pain at the same time my upper back pain flares up? Both burning/prickly sensation. Very odd.

Yes: Neuropathic pain....Secondary to lumbar area disc / foraminal stenosis. See your pmd. Can be other more serious condition because of unusual disease. Simple vit B12 deficiency possible. ...Read more

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I have severe upper back pain for 1+/wk. In between shoulder blades, not muscle. Seems to be getting worse. What is it? Should I call my pcp?

See below: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What tests could be done to diagnose mid/upper back pain, along spine and muscles. Cause headaches and daily severe pain. Feels like a hole in spine.

What tests could be done to diagnose mid/upper back pain, along spine and muscles. Cause headaches and daily severe pain. Feels like a hole in spine.

Get MRI Spine: This pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation (MRI) by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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Woke up 2 days ago with pulled muscle in my mid/upper back. Pain at times shoots through my chest and takes my breath away. Is this normal?

Not normal: To have chest pain. It could be a serious condition such as angina, aortic dissection, or pulmonary embolism. You should be seen by a doctor for specific diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Upper back pain, worse when tense up muscle. Had for 4 month now. I'm 4 weeks into physical therapy pain getting worse. Had x ray. 15 deg scoli. Ideas?

Upper back pain, worse when tense up muscle. Had for 4 month now. I'm 4 weeks into physical therapy pain getting worse. Had x ray. 15 deg scoli. Ideas?

Ligament weakness: The pt is making unstable ligaments more unstable and more painful.

Prolotherapy can rebuild the ligaments and stop the pain permanently.

Visit www. Getprolo. Com or www. Aaomed. Org to find out about and find a doctor to do prolotherapy on you. ...Read more

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Upper back pain on left side that also causes left arm pain above elbow. I fell 7 months ago and primary doc says muscle. Can my back muscle hurt this long? I can not do physical activities bc of pain

Upper back pain on left side that also causes left arm pain above elbow. I fell 7 months ago and primary doc says muscle. Can my back muscle hurt this long? I can not do physical activities bc of pain

Upper back pain: If the pain has been ongoing for the past seven months and persists despite physical therapy then it is likely not a pulled muscle. Pain that limits physical activities warrants imaging of the cervical and thoracic spine. See a spine specialist to find the cause and to develop a treatment plan. ...Read more

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8 months upper back pain. First it would wrap to chest, now just on sholder and down arm when walking. Can it be spinal cord or muscle injury.

Yes: Pain that begins in the upper back and then runs down the arm is usually some form if nerve impingment or irritation in the spine. Consider being seen if it does not get better. ...Read more

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I keep getting a weird tingly burning sensation at the tops of both breasts. Not pain, discomfort. Doc says heart ok. Upper back pain. Anxiety. Ideas?

I keep getting a weird tingly burning sensation at the tops of both breasts. Not pain, discomfort. Doc says heart ok. Upper back pain. Anxiety. Ideas?

Probably ok: Your symptoms are unusual because there is tingling on both sides. If it was a stroke or a tumor, it would only be on one side of the body, so you shouldn't have to worry about that. It could be from anxiety, but that's an unusual way for it to present. There is a condition called myelitis, inflammation of the spinal cord, that could cause this. Ask your doctor to evaluate you with this in mind. ...Read more

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I have upper back pain, burning sensation in my chest that comes and goes. My teeth have felt very awkward along with weight loss. Any suggestions?

I have upper back pain, burning sensation in my chest that comes and goes. My teeth have felt very awkward along with weight loss. Any suggestions?

See doctor: You should call you doctor and be evaluated. There are many causes for these symptoms. It soulnds like this has been going on for awhile so get yourself checked out. ...Read more

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Neck/upper back pain when moving chin to chest (but possible. Is this always dangerous or no different than muscle strain mistaken for serious disease?

Neck/upper back pain when moving chin to chest (but possible. Is this always dangerous or no different than muscle strain mistaken for serious disease?

See below: Neck and upper back pain when you move your chin to your chest can be caused by tight muscles in your neck or from a degenerative disc in you neck. The good news is that this will usually improve on it's own. See your physician if symptoms last greater than 2 weeks ...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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Lower and upper back pain for 20 years and muscle spasms in my legs arm neck back for 10 years numbing and tingling in my legs hands feet for 10 years?

Obviously something: Is wrong. What have you done so far? What recommendatiosn did prior docs have?
or is this the first tiem your seeking treatment for this? ...Read more

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Can muscle pain in upper back be referred to other parts of the body like the legs?

Can muscle pain in upper back be referred to other parts of the body like the legs?

No: Upper back pain generally refers to the neck or upper arms. Scoliosis can cause pain above and below the curve leading to upper back and buttock pain at the same time or alternating. See a physiatrist or chiropractor for help if the problem limits you. Change in your activities may be helpful. ...Read more

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I take atorvastatin ~ 3 mnths, have severe muscle pain in upper back, unexplained, chest CT clear, culd ths be a side effect?

I take atorvastatin ~ 3 mnths, have severe muscle pain in upper back, unexplained, chest CT clear, culd ths be a side effect?

Maybe: Consider discussing with your doctor to try a month off atorvastatin. If your symptoms resolve, you have your answer. The doctor can check muscle enzymes, CPK and aldolase, but these may be normal even if the Atorvastatin is causing your symptoms. ...Read more

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