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How can I relieve upper back pain without prescription medications?

How can I relieve upper back pain without prescription medications?

See a specialist: Yes homeopathics may work, or it may be that more traditional medicine such as a steroid injection is called for. I have patients who undergo a steroid injection then fell more able to actively participate in physical therapy, so the combination did the trick. ...Read more

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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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Any suggestions on how i can relieve upper back pain?

Any suggestions on how i can relieve upper back pain?

Usually muscular: If only of short duration & only occuring with certain positions or movement, it sounds muscular & should resolve with time. You can try over the counter medication and heat to the area like a heating pad. If it persists or worsens or if you develop any other symptoms, see your doctor. Occasionally it can be from other regions like a stomach ulcer or from an actual tumor or spine infection. ...Read more

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I have upper back pain after dropping barbell during barbell squats? What are some ways to relieve the pain?

I have upper back pain after dropping barbell during barbell squats? What are some ways to relieve the pain?

No..but: It sound as if you are describing musle spam. This may be resulting from a lower back muscle strain. I would recommend that you perform stretching exercise along with strengthening exercises. Would recommend that you participate in a yoga class or pilates. If pain persist see your pcp for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What do you suggest to relieve my upper back pain?

What do you suggest to relieve my upper back pain?

Pain to touch?: This is usually the sign of a bruise, spasm, or tendinitis. Pain to the touch is not likely nerve related. If the pain is between the spine and your shoulder blade, i would consider levator syndrome (muscle irritation) likely due to posture especially computer work. Rest, ice, nsaid's, and salonpas hot patches (capsacian patches) are good. Change your posture, monitor at eye level. ...Read more

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I have upper back pain between the shoulder blades. Seems to be more on the right. What should I do to relieve the pain?

I have upper back pain between the shoulder blades. Seems to be more on the right. What should I do to relieve the pain?

Start some pain meds: Lie aleve (naproxen) or Ibuprofen (if no allergies or side effects with their use). Using a heat pad would be helpful. Some like to use ice rather heat; even alternating ice with heat is helpful. If no improvements then certainly see your pcp to be evaluated ; investigated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do i need to worry about upper back pain being lung cancer if massage relieves the pain, not completely but I've had the pain for quite awhile.?

Do i need to worry about upper back pain being lung cancer if massage relieves the pain, not completely but I've had the pain for quite awhile.?

It is easy to find: Out, if you have lung cancer ask your doctor to examine you, do chest x-ray, if he could find any thing ask if he could do cat scan for your lungs. You will be able to find out. ...Read more

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Kyphosis and 4 bulging disc in the neck , have neck, shoulder and upper back pain, want relief , and have anxiety that it could be something serious?

Below: Could be as simple as muscle pain and just need some physical therapy. With that history though, you'd want to be fully evaluated by a spine specialist (physiatry or anesthesia pain management, or an orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon). Make sure you take you MRI images to the first visit. ...Read more

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45 female ,upper back pain for 4 days , relief when laying flat. wet feeling in chest . ekg, chest xray and blood test done 3 weeks ago were normal..?

45 female ,upper back pain for 4 days , relief when laying flat. wet feeling in chest . ekg, chest xray and blood test done 3 weeks ago were normal..?

X-rays?: I would be concerned about thoracic spine degenerative disk disease. Have you had an xray? A plain xray can show it sometimes but an MRI is the gold standard. ...Read more

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Need upper back pain relief, no doctor has been able to tell me if this is the cause but I do have 4 bulging disc in the neck and kyphosis could it b?

Doubt cervical disks: If the cervical disks are not causing a radiating pain, numbness, tingling or weakness, they may not be the cause of upper back pain. Congenital kyphosis is more likely. Physical therapy and a trans cutaneous nerve stimulator might be of help. Imaging of the thoracic spine may shed further light on the problem. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with an 11 degree S curve in my spine a few yrs ago. I have exercised a lot since then.I've noticed severe mid upper back pain lately.

Follow up: If you were diagnosed with scoliosis several years ago and are now having worsening pain, youight want to consider a follow up appointment for an exam and repeat X-rays just to make sure your curve had not significantly progressed. ...Read more

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Only right after smoking I get horrible upper back pain than it goes away after awhile until the next cigg. I'm quitting. But why is this happening. S?

Not sure of this: unusual symptom, but when you are dragging on a cigarette I would imagine you would have to use your lung/ mediastinal muscles. A blood clot in the lungs could cause pain when you take deep breaths. GO see your doctor. Or muscle injury (intercostal muscle between the ribs). But congratulations on quitting smoking since you have taken the biggest step to have a healthier life ahead of you. ...Read more

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Can an exercise bike cause upper back pain?

Can an exercise bike cause upper back pain?

Yes: Yes. Straining during bicycling riding can cause upper and lower back pain. Usually caused by muscle straining. ...Read more

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What can I do to take care of upper back pain?

Multiple: There are multiple potential sources including musculoskeletal or referred pain. It is best to see a medical doctor. ...Read more

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Really bad upper back pain. What can I do to help?

Really bad upper back pain. What can I do to help?

Pain: Try taking some antiinflammatories like Ibuprofen unless you have a history of ulcers or kidney disease. Rest it a bit. If the pain doesn't subside enough to get up and walk, you should see a physician. Most episodes of back pain clear up in a few days to a few weeks. Most are caused by muscle strain. ...Read more

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Back Pain (Definition)

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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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