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Doctor insights on: Chest Back Muscles Feel Sore But Goes Away When I Press On The Sore Spots

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Can an infected spot on my back lead 2 other problems; such as back aches, muscle spasm & aching ribs?

Can an infected spot on my back lead 2 other problems; such as back aches, muscle spasm & aching ribs?

Yes ; No: Yes it is possible. Also possible is the back/muscle/rib problem could cause the infection spots as it could prevent proper blood flow and lymphatic drainage to keep the area in a proper functional condition. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Left mid back when pressed hard feel sort of a tender swollen spot, no pain in back or side, could this be a muscle, very nervous!

Left mid back when pressed hard feel sort of a tender swollen spot, no pain in back or side, could this be a muscle, very nervous!

Very likely you: Have experienced some sort of injury or trauma to your back. It is likely a muscle strain/soft tissue injury. This is fairly common and a person often doesn't recall how or when it happened. Often there is nothing to see (no bruising, etc). Ice it for 15 min 3-4'times a day; take ibuprofen according to directions. It should slowly improve; if not see your Doctor. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Have sore to touch spots on left side only in buttock, lower back, upper back, neck n chest. No injury or exercise. What could it be?

Have sore to touch spots on left side only in buttock, lower back, upper back, neck n chest. No injury or exercise. What could it be?

All on left side?: You're young at 28, but a pattern of spots on one side of the body suggests shingles or herpes zoster. If so, you could develop more pain than soreness. Best to get checked because some medications can help to prevent this developing and others can help manage the pain. ...Read more

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What could cause sore chest muscles, like a general ache in them? Also sore back muscles. No injury but nursing and hold 25# baby a lot.

What could cause sore chest muscles, like a general ache in them? Also sore back muscles. No injury but nursing and hold 25# baby a lot.

Might be the baby.: It could be the fact that you're carrying around a 25 pound baby. The chest and back muscles would be utilized in this context. Arms can get sore, too, especially the biceps. ...Read more

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Every since being diagnosed with TMJ I have sore spots around my jaw, sore muscles on my back, & arm pain. Is this normal?

Every since being diagnosed with TMJ I have sore spots around my jaw, sore muscles on my back, & arm pain. Is this normal?

TMJ: Tmj is primarily a condition caused by muscle tension about the jaw joint. Sore areas around your jaw are to be expected; these usually reflect muscle spasm around the inflamed joint. If you have enough muscle tension in your body to cause tmj, you may also be susceptible to muscle spasms in other areas of your body like your back and arms. Warm compresses and Ibuprofen would be expected to help. ...Read more

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Intermittent twinges of chest pain underneath lt breast that radiates through to back in one spot. No shob, sweating, or tachycardia. I moved heavy objects today. Muscle strains or cardiac, logically?

Intermittent twinges of chest pain underneath lt breast that radiates through to back in one spot. No shob, sweating, or tachycardia. I moved heavy objects today. Muscle strains or cardiac, logically?

Chest pain: Less likely cardiac because cardiac chest pains doesn't come as twinges. It persists and stays most of the time longer than 15 minutes. Still you need to be evaluated by a doctor to make sure. See medical help. ...Read more

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During massage, she found a tender spot on my back just below my ribs. When pressing on that spot, it caused discomfort in my jugular notch. Why?

During massage, she found a tender spot on my back just below my ribs. When pressing on that spot, it caused discomfort in my jugular notch. Why?

Referred pain: Dating back to our time in utero, various patterns of innervation were established which can set up referred pain. It is not alarming and completely normal. Likewise acupuncture utilizes patterns of referral along various meridian lines in an analogous way. If you remain concerned a good PT or Osteopathic MD can provide further evaluation and reassurance. ...Read more

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Was using a ball to work out tight spots in my back. When the ball crosses my upper spine it's very tender & painful. Could that be just from muscles?

Was using a ball to work out tight spots in my back. When the ball crosses my upper spine it's very tender & painful. Could that be just from muscles?

Yes: Unless you are having other symptoms such as weakness in the upper extremities or a rash in the area then it's likely from your muscles. You can also have someone feel up and down the bony part of your spine to make sure there is no tenderness over the area. ...Read more

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I have aching muscles that heat up at moments, when my upper spine ache my chest ache and sharp cramps. What could it be?

I have aching muscles that heat up at moments, when my upper spine ache my chest ache and sharp cramps. What could it be?

Evaluation needed: You will need to see your doctor for a physical examination, and work-up to figure out what may be causing your numerous symptoms. Those symptoms may be all unrelated. But lots of things could present with these symptoms. So accurate diagnostic work-up is important. ...Read more

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Could upper body aching (shoulder, neck, upper back, collar bone, chest muscles) be caused by repeatedly laying/sitting awkwardly as I know I do this?

Perhaps but more: This needs to be clarified as to whether there are other medical issues that could be causing the symptoms. This type of widespread discomfort we see in Fibromyalgia but there may be mechanical issues or other things I need to be considered. You need to see your physician to get clarification ...Read more

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Intermittent 2 wks. Bil chest pn, pn under ribs, burning under ribs, burning upper back to lt of spine, lt shldr pn, tender spot side lt breast, leg/knee pn?

Intermittent 2 wks. Bil chest pn, pn under ribs, burning under ribs, burning upper back to lt of spine, lt shldr pn, tender spot side lt breast, leg/knee pn?

Need more info: All these symptoms are significant and need to be addressed ASAP. Please make an appointment with your family physician to examine you and get to the bottom of the problem ...Read more

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Twisting force caused tear sensation in back 9-11 ribs w/ initial severe pain w/ sitting up and breathing. 1.5 years later muscle still gets sore.?

Was there rib fractu: This may have been a fracture or a separation of the rib cartilage. If it does not heal completely there can be a tear that periodically separates. There may have been a problem with the healing that puts the muscle at risk. You can discuss this with your physiciana nd look at the imaging. ...Read more

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Pain in right shoulder blade. Circular motion with head cause pain in neck when I go to the right. Heart attack, lung cancer or just muscle sore?

Pain in right shoulder blade. Circular motion with head cause pain in neck when I go to the right. Heart attack, lung cancer or just muscle sore?

No heart attack: The pain probably is due to joint or muscle and is not heart attack, so you should see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a tender painful spot in my left calf muscle, but there is no bruise, it hurts when I press on it?

I have a tender painful spot in my left calf muscle, but there is no bruise, it hurts when I press on it?

Vein?: Could be a superficial vein that has clotted for some reason. Try warm compresses. If enlarges, you have leg swelling, pain increases, or you have any skin changes, see you doctor for an exam without delay. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Have pain like a pulled muscle behind left breast. Did not do anything to injury myself but pain can be felt in my back same spot.

Have pain like a pulled muscle behind left breast. Did not do anything to injury myself but pain can be felt in my back same spot.

Have you had a mammo: Well could be just a pulled muscle. Do you exercise? If the pain feels deep in the breast may be good idea for you to have a mammogram. Best to be checked ny your doctor ...Read more

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Saline implants 7 years ago (unders); right breast hurting with sore feeling, pain when pressing on top muscle. Hurting for 2months. What is happening?

Saline implants 7 years ago (unders); right breast hurting with sore feeling, pain when pressing on top muscle. Hurting for 2months. What is happening?

Need breast eval: It is hard to know why your breast hurts without having an exam done. It is most likely that your breast tissue is sore, and that there is nothing wrong with the implant. Women develop sore breasts from too much caffeine such as in coffee, soda and tea. Sometimes an ill-fitting bra can cause discomfort as well. I suggest having a breast exam done. ...Read more

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Pain on rt shoulder blade, I assumed was a pulled muscle. Hasn't gone away after 1 wk and now it's numb and also my right breast is numb in small spot?

Pain on rt shoulder blade, I assumed was a pulled muscle. Hasn't gone away after 1 wk and now it's numb and also my right breast is numb in small spot?

Could be nerve: Pain and numbness can be caused by nerve compression. This often happens as the nerve comes out of the spine. You will need to be seen and examined to know for sure. Good luck. ...Read more

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Normal mammo/ ultrasound end of Feb. Am post period and have sore left breast in one spot when pressed down on it. Don't feel lump. Shld I worry?

Normal mammo/ ultrasound end of Feb. Am post period and have sore left breast in one spot when pressed down on it. Don't feel lump. Shld I worry?

Mastalgia: Achiness or soreness n one or both breasts should still be evaluated to rule out compression from undergarments (bra) and to rule out mastitis (an inflammation of the deeper breast tissue); however, it is encouraging that both studues were negative. I suggest with Advil or Aleve (naproxen) (if not allergic to these) and a change in undergarments or use a gym bra. ...Read more

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Had sore muscles back, neck, shoulders for 5 months. Read online it could be a symptom of lung cancer esp because of shoulder ache. I don't smoke.

Had sore muscles back, neck, shoulders for 5 months. Read online it could be a symptom of lung cancer esp because of shoulder ache. I don't smoke.

See physician: Many other causes of symptoms besides lung cancer particularly in musculoskeletal system. You should seek physician for proper physical exam and possibly further imaging and blood testing. ...Read more

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Muscle soreness in upper back/spine. Cracking near sternum; hurts sometimes. Occasional joint pain in right hip. What could this be?

Musculoskeletal pain: At your young age nothing should be serious. Use some Aleve (naproxen) or Advil after food. Topical meds like Bengay and local heat where it hurts should help ...Read more