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I Feel Like Something Is In My Upper Back
I have pain in my upper back on the right side. Could there be something seriously wrong? What serious conditions?
I'm having a pain in my upper back everytime I eat something. If it's something hot or cold I can feel the temp while it's going down. This is not normal for me. Any ideas what might be wrong? This has been going on for 3-4 days now.
Doesn't sound normal: A primary care doctor can evaluate to see why such symptoms are occuring, and my refer to a G.I. Specialist to further check the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, etc... Sounds like the throat, esophagus, and stomach are extra sensitive lately. If there are other swallowing or throat symptoms, an ENT specialist might also evaluate. ...Read more
I did 30 minutes of cardio and now have pain radiating in my upper back on the right side. I don't regularly exercise. Is this normal? I'm 30.
No, not normal: "cardio" is a very non-specific term for exercise that gets your heart rate elevated for therapeutic benefit. Not knowing what specific exercise you were doing is somewhat limiting. None the less the pain you describe does not sound like a normal consequence of exercise. It may be something as simple as a strained muscle but if persist recommend seeing your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a cracking in my upper back.I stretch alot(backbends, ect.)i have stopped doing so due to this.I have no pain.Could there be permanent damage?
Exercise: Counter-intutive as it may seem, exercise is likely to help. Begin with low intensity exercise such as walking and gradually increase the intensity so that you sweat profusely. It may take a few months for the full effect. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk prodFor good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. Get HPV vaccine ...Read more
Occasionally, I get shocking sharp pains in my upper back. It feel like a needle is stabbing me. Comes on quickly goes away with about 5 minutes. ?
Pinched nerve: Your description sounds like it could be a pinched nerve coming out between the vertebrae in the upper spine. Perhaps working with a physical therapist would be helpful to learn some exercises to strengthen your core muscles and your back. If you get numbness or weakness in your arm, or if the pain doesn't go away, see a doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Thoracic Spine: Thoracic spine areas will allow nerves to exit out of the spine and wrap around into the chest wall and abdomen. So herniated discs there can cause pain into these areas as well. I would consider seeing a pain specialist for treatment options like epidural steroid injection or even facet joint treatments. ...Read more
Several poss. causes: Some causes are more serious than others, but usually, if the pain is sharp, it indicates a musculoskeletal problem. Such back pain can be caused by malfunctioning vertebrae or ribs, spasms, or pinched nerves. A good history & physical exam, including an osteopathic hands-on exam can often find such problems which can be easily correct by manipulation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sounds like sprained: Ligaments or pulled muscles, which hurt with certain motions, like rotation of the trunk (your chest & abdomen + pelvis). Get yourself investigated by your doc. Muscle relaxers would help. ...Read more
Any cause?: Can you think of anything you've done recently that may have pulled or irritated/overworked some of the muscles in your back/left ribcage?How long has it been doing this?How often are the spasms?If going on several days with no relief with ibuprofen or naproxen and/or application of heat consider seeing your primary doctor to discuss muscle relaxing meds and/Or PT if it has been going on awhile. ...Read more
Air: As you stretch and loosen up contractions your body will release and vertebrae will pop as the air escapes. ...Read more
I have pain in my upper back the area where the back of the chest is. What could be causing this?
Could be many things: Could be musculoskeletal. Could be your chest - does it get worse on inspiration. Could be your ribs. Could be your trapezius muscle. Could it be your scapula. If persistent see a doctor. ...Read more
I've had pain in my upper back and shoulder blades for over a year and it's getting much worse. What could be causing this?
Muscle spasm: A teenage female with upper back pain for over one year likely has chronic muscle spasm in this region. Underlying problems could be a mild scoliosis, large breasts and anterior sloped shoulders, an underlying pelvic girdle disorder, and abnormal postures and repetitive activities at work. A workplace ergonomic evaluation and the opinion of an osteopath are warranted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have frequent pains in my upper back. I want someone to massage it all the time. I sit at a computer a lot. What should I do?
Check ergonomics: It's imperative that you check the ergonomics of your work station/area. Lots of recommendations available online. I quickly found this one: http://www.Spine-health.Com/wellness/ergonomics/ten-tips-improving-posture-and-ergonomics. Plenty more available. Make minor adjustments and see how you feel. Then make some more adjustments & repeat ad nauseum until no more back pain. And get up frequently. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I got this pain in my upper back.. it happened a few times already and it was so servere that i ended up spotting just for a few hours.
Pain: Your symptoms are not indicative of any specific condition. If the pain persists you need to see a doctor and get a definitive diagnosis ...Read more
I have a pain in my upper back and front consistently that gets worse when I breath deeply and turn to the side what is causing it it's really painful?
Get checked.: If this started happening out of the blue, and you did not strain or overexert (leading to sore muscles in the chest wall), get checked. It could be a virus, pneumonia, or a collapsed lung or a clot: things that can be minor or major! Let a doc sort this out today. Call your doc and if you don't have one, go to an ER (and Urgent Care may help, but may have to send you to an ER. ...Read more
Muscles, rib cage: There are muscles on both surfaces (front and back) of the scapula (shoulder blade). Other muscles control movement of the scapula on top of the rib cage. Pain in the area can be muscular or due to other tissues in the area. It can also be from problems in the neck or mid back. ...Read more
Any type: Congenital with abnormal vertebral shape is a definite possibility. Otherwise, idiopathic is most likely. Various curve configurations may give differing appearance to the spine. So your curve may be a structural upper thoracic curve or primary thoracic with a compensatory structural upper curve. These are classified as lenke 1, 2, 3, 4. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Perhaps...: Pinched nerves usually cause pain mostly but can also cause weakness and changes in sensation. When a 'pinched nerve' is in the cervical spine, these symptoms usually affect the arms, in the thoracic spine it wraps around the chest and abdomen, in lumbar spine it affects the legs. These may or may not be associated with some back pain. If your pain is horrible then you need to be seen and eval. ...Read more
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