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Can Gas Cause Upper Back Pain
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
May be gas in large: This may be what we call the "splenic flexure syndrome" where we get gas in the large intestine where the intestine flexes from the tranversecolon to the left descending colon — across the top of the abdomen and down to the left side. The intestine turns under where the spleen is and that is why it is called the splenic flexure where the intestine turns. Intestine gas can build up = pain. ...Read more
I have gerd, when I have a lot of gas I get upper back pain, goes away after burping, happens when I eat big meals usually?
Simethicone: Simethicone dissolves the gas and that will help you. Obviously, eat smaller meals. Check and make sure you are not gulping down air when nervous or talking too fast (aerophagy). Consider taking a proton pump inhibitor to fix your gerd. May want to discuss your options with a GI specialist, may want to check for barrett's esophagus at some point as well. ...Read more
Have had left mid/upper back pain for a month with occasional pain just under left chest. Sometimes lower left abd too. Lots of gas especially after meals. In my stool there are white specks. But overall brown. Blood test normal. Scared panc cancer?
Given what you wrote you must see your primary doctor as soon as possible.
Hope all goes well — should do! ...Read more
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
A few things: Serious problems such as pleurisy are possible. In my practice, most such pain is due to a malfunctioning rib. Ribs should 'go up' in front and 'down' in back with inhalation and do the opposite during exhalation. When one or more ribs 'get stuck,' pain-from ache to severe sharp in front &/or back can occur. A good history & osteopathic hands-on exam could determine cause. Manipulation may fix it. ...Read more
Pain in the middle of my back that aches like a dull pain that is there most of the time what cause upper back pain?
Many possibilities: Can be muscle, bone, tendons, ligaments or a medical issue invovling the lower internal chest. You need to discuss this with your physician ...Read more
What can cause upper back pain for 7 months mainly upon waking and bedtime, I'm worried it's an aneurysm I'm only 27 m quite active?
Thoracic pain: Thoracic pain is a nonspecific complaint which could be caused by any number of things, including pathology within the chest (i.e. Heart or lungs), cervical or thoracic spine pathology (i.e. Degenerative disc, herniated disc), soft tissue problems (i.e. Myofasciitis), etc. If you have had pain for 7 months I would certainly recommend evaluation with a physician. ...Read more
What could cause upper back pain in the middle /right. It has been present since may 12. When I bend forward there's a ton of pain. Releaved by bedrest?
Pressure: Way over due for an evaluation. A herniated disc, anything producing pressure. Please go get it checked out. ...Read more
Military posture: Hello. The stiff, knees locked, erect, shoulders pulled back posture may be an irritant to the thoracic spine when standing like this for extensive prolonged periods of time. Can't be avoided though. Soldiers won't ever be allowed to stand in a more "neutral" positions. ...Read more
May be stress: Your upper back more or you have weakness of the upper back muscles. ...Read more
Several things: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
Pain upper back w/deep breath. I do have chronic back pain, and im getting over a cold.I'm on penicillin now, for an abcess. Can these cause upper back pain?
Pleurisy (Pleuritis): You are likely having pleurisy (pleuritis). Go see your doctor. Typical if this is all that it is, a prescription of nsaids like Ibuprofen will help take care of it. But you have to go and ensure there is nothing else that could be irritating the lining of your lungs like a collection, etc. This is likely unrelated to your chronic back pain. ...Read more
Can kyphosis lordosis cause upper back pain? Or is the cause of neck, upper back and shoulders due to disc bulges in the neck? Only 18
What can cause upper back pain at the center- close to shoulder, when sneezing or taking deep breath?
It's most: Probably from repetitive musculo-skeletal strain from breathing and especially sneezing. Suggest a check up with your doctor. ...Read more
What could cause upper back pain for 7 months. Feels like it makes my chest tight at times. By end of day I feel awful. Better with rest. Positive ana?
Maybe: Cervical stenosis is caused by the opening in the vertebras of the neck being too small to allow the spinal cord to move freely. A nerve may be pinched as it comes off the main cord, and cause back pain, especially upper back and arm pain. Please see your doctor to have an exam and maybe some imaging to help figure it out. ...Read more
Can cervical stenosis cause upper back pain for 2 years? It is deep I'm right shouldr. Not present at rest. Only when I am sitting at desk job.
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