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Having upper back pain between shoulder blades when moving neck. What do you recommend?

Having upper back pain between shoulder blades when moving neck. What do you recommend?

Neck and back pain: The neck and back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. ..
It sounds like you have neck pain radiating to upper back area.
If your pain persists, you should seek help from a pain management doctor. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation. ...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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Having upper back pain between shoulder blades when moving neck. What do you recommend?

Having upper back pain between shoulder blades when moving neck. What do you recommend?

Pain: If you have previously seen a bone specialist that is where you should go.
The alternative is for you to first see you primary doctor about back pain. The doctor could send you immediately to the Radiology area and see if there are problems with your neck and back.
Hope all goes welll - please keep me posted. ...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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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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Severe constant upper back pain and severe neck pain with a knot or something there. Have MS. Neuro said it was musculoskeletal what could it be?

Severe constant upper back pain and severe neck pain with a knot or something there. Have MS. Neuro said it was musculoskeletal what could it be?

MS and pain: This may just be a muscle spasm. I would recommend topical pain cream and/or a muscle relaxer. If your neurologist feels it is musculoskeletal, I would happy to do a consult. ...Read more

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Am healthy. Had slight upper back pain for 2 months. Now have slight neck crepitus and occasional numbness of right arm in mornings. Posture related?

Am healthy. Had slight upper back pain for 2 months. Now have slight neck crepitus and occasional numbness of right arm in mornings. Posture related?

No: Continue exercising and loosen up your mildly arthritic neck-possible from an old injury. Arm numbness may be from positioning of your arm at night -the exact problem depends on where the numbness is. Carpal tunnel will affect several but not all fingers. Elbow nerve entrapment will affect the little finger side, vascular and nerve will affect larger areas. ...Read more

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Have been having upper back pain for weeks now. Today it went into my neck and all down my right arm into my thumb.

Have been having upper back pain for weeks now. Today it went into my neck and all down my right arm into my thumb.

Nerve pain: Neck and back pain with radiation to arm might represent a nerve pain. It can be from either spinal stenosis, or ruptured disc, or nerve impingement. .. The treatment depends on the cause of the pain. It might include strengthening exercise, physical therapy, medication, injections. ..
You should seek help from a pain specialist for evaluation. ...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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I have neck & upper back pain. Went to turn my neck & not only felt the upper back crack but also heard the sound on top of head. Now it's sore. Is that normal?

I have neck & upper back pain. Went to turn my neck & not only felt the upper back crack but also heard the sound on top of head. Now it's sore. Is that normal?

No it is not: No it is not.
you need to see your doctor for evaluation, and treatment, and stop cracking your neck.

proper evaluation will rule out any serious condition in the spine, and open the door for suggestion from the specialist of how to have a nice healthy spine.

see a doctor. ...Read more

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I have a constant knot feeling in my throat with a slight cough for the last two months also, neck and upper back pain that comes and goes. What is it?

I have a constant knot feeling in my throat with a slight cough for the last two months also, neck and upper back pain that comes and goes. What is it?

Reflux?: A 36 year old female with a knot in throat and slight cough, with neck and upper back pain. All these symptoms could be due to GER (gastroesophageal reflux). The symptoms also could be due to post-nasal drainage. Please see your primary health care provider for further evaluation. ...Read more

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6 months ago, MRI shows herniated discs c4-c5, c5-c6. Now, no tingling down r arm but still neck, shoulder n upper back pain almost daily. What to do?

Dr. Brian Le Dr. Le
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6 months ago, MRI shows herniated discs c4-c5, c5-c6. Now, no tingling down r arm but still neck, shoulder n upper back pain almost daily. What to do?

Neck pain: The neck pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. ..
The pain in the shoulder and upper back might be a refer pain.
I recommend you seeking help from a health care provider (pain management doctor, physiatrist, neurologist, spine surgeon...) you might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more

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Severe neck and upper back pain. Tips on how to treat this?

Start PCP: Start with your primary care physician. Depending on the history and physical they may refer you for additional diagnostics such as x-rays or an mri. The next step is usually an orthopedic specialist. Conservative care usually involves modalities (heat/ice/ultrasound), gentle physical therapy and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm having neck, shoulder, and upper back pain. What do you suggest?

I'm having neck, shoulder, and upper back pain. What do you suggest?

Many issues: You could have shoulder issues causing pain. You could have neck issues causing shoulder and upper back pain. Difficult to assess on the web. You need to be examined and discuss with your doctor all you symptoms in detail. ...Read more

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What type of dr. Should I see for shoulder, neck and upper back pain.

What type of dr. Should I see for shoulder, neck and upper back pain.

FamilyMD/Chiropacter: You can start with your family doctor who can evaluate you and perhaps recommend xrays and probably physical therapy. A great start would be with a chiropractic evaluation who would also be able to diagnose and treat your condition. ...Read more

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What could cause me to have neck, and sometimes shoulder and upper back pain?

What could cause me to have neck, and sometimes shoulder and upper back pain?

Depends: Neck and back pain has many causes and many implications. Some are minor and some can be life threatening. More information a complete history and physical is recommended by your doctor if you indeed have these symptoms. Good luck ...Read more

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What should I do about upper back pain and neck pain?

Dr. Brian Le Dr. Le
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What should I do about upper back pain and neck pain?

Neck and back pain: The neck and back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. ..
The treatment depends on the cause of the pain. It might include exercise, massage, therapy, medication, injection, surgery. ..
If your pain persists, you should seek help from a health care provider. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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What are good treatments for upper back pain and neck pain?

What are good treatments for upper back pain and neck pain?

Many treatments: Massage, chiropractic, physical therapy treatments, ultrasound, medical management, daily stretching, yoga, pilates, swimming, very light weights. ...Read more

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Is there anything that can cause neck, shoulder, and upper back pain all at once?

Upper pain: Neck and upper back pain can most of the time arise from the small joints in the cervical spine (facet joints). The muscles of the upper back cause pain to radiate to the shoulders.
Facet joint injections for short term and radio-frequency procedure for long term is very effective, but must be done properly by a properly trained physician. ...Read more

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How do I alleviate upper back pain that runs across my shoulders and up into my neck?

How do I alleviate upper back pain that runs across my shoulders and up into my neck?

Inversion table: Gentle traction using inversion table will help do 10 min in 45 degree and the 10 min in 90 degrees. This relaxes the spinal cord and helps spinal pinched nerves. ...Read more

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What should I do to alleviate upper back pain that runs across my shoulders and up into my neck?

See your doctor: 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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How can I get rid of my neck/shoulder/upper back pain?

How can I get rid of my neck/shoulder/upper back pain?

Pain management: I would recommend consulting pain management; mass general would be a good option for you. There are several strategies for pain management ranging from medications, acupuncture, physical therapy, chiropractic medicine, relaxation therapy, meditation, exercise, and cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have someone push on back while laying down to crack back? It helped at time but next morning neck and upper back pain

Is it safe to have someone push on back while laying down to crack back? It helped at time but next morning neck and upper back pain

Depends: It would be extremely uncommon for anything catastrophic to occur with the mechanism you are describing, so you could say it is relatively "safe". Whether it would provide any long term benefit is doubtful. ...Read more

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Think I have a pinched nerve on the left side of my neck. Would I be getting pain when I turn my body to the left in my ribs and also upper back pain?

Think I have a pinched nerve on the left side of my neck. Would I be getting pain when I turn my body to the left in my ribs and also upper back pain?

Not typically: As a spine specialist, I can say that this is not a typical radiating pattern for cervical nerves.

Other possibilities would be myofascial trigger points, cervical facet referred pain, rib "subluxation/fixation", etc. ...Read more

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I am 28F.i am getting upper back pain. Exactly below neck and between back shoulders. Some times it is giving relif but in nights its more. Why?

It depends: The most common reason for pain between the shoulder blades is probably muscle tension. Muscle tension pain can be worse in the evening, after a day of stress and work. Sometimes busy people don't focus on their bodies, and then at night they become more aware of physical symptoms. Red flags to see a doctor: fevers/chills, neurological symptoms that are worsening, pain that wakes you up. ...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


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back = dorsalgia = discomfort of any ...Read more