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What causes middle back pain?

What causes middle back pain?

Muscular v disc: This could be muscular pain or related to underlying degenerative discs or even a herniated disc or other spine based conditions. Other issues could include referred pain from a lung or pulmonary issue or gastrointestinal issue like an esophagitis, ulcer, gallstones or reflux. Even a renal or kidney issue may be a cause. See your doctor if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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What could cause middle back pain and what's the best action to take to cure it? I'm asking for my pregnant 15 year old daughter.

What could cause middle back pain and what's the best action to take to cure it? I'm asking for my pregnant 15 year old daughter.

Back muscles: Probably the back pain is due to the pregnancy and extra weight on the back muscle.In order to compensate they tighten and after a while they get tired and start hurting.Best thing to do is to strech them out and them due strenghtening exercises, make sure the posture is erect and not slump-over.Of course could be another cause4s sucxh as kidney infections. ...Read more

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What causes middle back pain only on the left side that feels like a tight muscle being stretched out? What can I do to ease the pain?

What causes middle back pain only on the left side that feels like a tight muscle being stretched out? What can I do to ease the pain?

Many possibilities: Many times the cause of middle back pain is referred from another body part or organ such as stomach, lung, or kidney. If caused by a back or spine problem, would initially treat with first aid measures such as ice , over-the-counter pain remedies, etc. If symptoms persist or associated with other symptoms, you should your physician. ...Read more

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What can be causing middle back pain, sharp abdominal pain when i urinate, and tender to touch the right side of abdomen.?

What can be causing middle back pain, sharp abdominal pain when i urinate, and tender to touch the right side of abdomen.?

Kidney infection?: The list of possibilities is large but at the top of the list is a kidney infection or uti. These symptoms require seeing a doctor and a better work-up including urinalysis, lab studies and imaging. ...Read more

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What are the causes of middle back pain?

Lots of things: Go see your physician first to make sure it isn't something scary. Then take a look at how you sit, your general conditioning, how you use your body. For help, try physical therapy to include mobilizations and increasing thoracic mobility, treatment by an osteopathic physician and a supervised stretching program. If these aren't helpful, sometimes it's from an old injury- physical or emotional. ...Read more

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Does bad cervical steonosis cause upper middle back pain?

Does bad cervical steonosis cause upper middle back pain?

Cervical stenosis: Yes, it could by changing your alignment, which can stress the overlying muscles, tendons, and nerves. ...Read more

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I had a MRI of thoracic spine . I have protroshion at t7-8 and bulging at t6-7, 10-11. Would this cause upper middle back pain?

I had a MRI of thoracic spine . I have protroshion at t7-8 and bulging at t6-7, 10-11. Would this cause upper middle back pain?

Maybe: Unfortunately mris often provide more information that is relevant. It is not uncommon to find abnormalities on MRI scans that have no connection to someone complaint. The concern with disc herniations is the possible nerve compression that can result. This often causes referred pain and not pain where the disc abnormality is. The doc who ordered your scan needs to go over it with you. ...Read more

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Does GERD cause upper/middle back pain? It kind of feels like my lungs hurt. Diagnosed with GERD after normal CXray, stress test echo and ECG

Does GERD cause upper/middle back pain? It kind of feels like my lungs hurt. Diagnosed with GERD after normal CXray,  stress test echo and ECG

It can.: given the work up you've had so far, the best step next may be to try over-the-counter antacids to see if they help temporarily. If they do, then a trial of prescription medication for Gerd may be indicated. You should also avoid any particular foods that you notice bring on your symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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Likely causes for severe middle back pain that's neg. on scans and not responsive to PT, TENS, or injections? Also leg numbness and bladder problems.

Likely causes for severe middle back pain that's neg. on scans and not responsive to PT, TENS, or injections?  Also leg numbness and bladder problems.

Varies: Presumably you have had a negative MRI of the thoracic spine, which is good at ruling out major structural causes there. Other possibilities include vascular causes, non spinal neurological conditions, and involvement of other areas of the central nervous system. Consider seeing a neurologist if you have not seen one. ...Read more

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Can uterine fibroid cause middle left back pain?

Yes: These types of pains can be caused by fibroids and can be severe if they persist seek medical attention as these symptoms can be signs of other medical issues. ...Read more

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Cervical steonosis cause middle upper back pain right in middle on spine? Or would that be from scoliosis or arthritics? Hurts when i get to work

Cervical steonosis cause middle upper back pain right in middle on spine? Or would that be from scoliosis or arthritics? Hurts when i get to work

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 would cause middle and lower back pain?The pain also wraps around to both sides of outer hips. Pain is constantis at its worse in the morn and PM

What would cause middle and lower back pain?The pain also wraps around to both sides of outer hips. Pain is constantis at its worse in the morn and PM

Disks in the spine: MAY be pinching nerves. Also, the way you sit or move at work or home may be tightening muscles. Please see your doc who will diagnose and advise you. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What is the cause of my upper and middle back pain/soreness?

What is the cause of my upper and middle back pain/soreness?

Multiple: There can be many reasons. Commonest is muscular due to posture or kind of activity you are involved in. There should be proper work-up to rule out more worrisome causes like fracture, infection, tumor etc. It could also be related to changes in the neck and upper back part of the spine, like degeneration or herniation of disks. If the pain has persisted past 6 weeks, do see a physician. ...Read more

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What can cause lower back pain and numbness on the left side and middle back pain and numb on the right side?

What can cause lower back pain and numbness on the left side and middle back pain and numb on the right side?

Disk disease?: You need to be evaluated by a doctor. He needs to obtained a detailed history and perform a thorough physical exam. If your doctor is concerned, he/she will order appropriate imaging to confirm his suspicions. Numbness is not normal. ...Read more

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I had an X-ray for middle back pain. It came back with dextroconvexity of the thoracic spine. What does this mean and could it be the cause?

I had an X-ray for middle back pain. It came back with dextroconvexity of the thoracic spine. What does this mean and could it be the cause?

Scoliosis: Dextroconvexity is a description of a curvature of the thoracic spine (scoliosis) where the convex portion is on the right. This findings may or may not be related to your pain. Muscle spasm can cause this curvature or this may be something that has developed over time. ...Read more

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Could my liver be the cause of middle to lower back pain and nausea?

Possibly: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Significant middle back pain. No relief from OTC meds. Mri showed disk bulges t8 thru t11. Is this the cause and what's the treatment going forward?

Significant middle back pain. No relief from OTC meds. Mri showed disk bulges t8 thru t11. Is this the cause and what's the treatment going forward?

Maybe: Disc bulging is not concerning but degenerated discs are. Best way to reduce back pain is to be as light as you can (optimal weight) be as fit as you can (high level of fitness with good core muscle strength) and don't smoke. The intermittent use of anti-inflammatory medications will help as well. An epidural injection is also very effective. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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