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Intermittent Upper Back Pain
I have a tight chest with burning pain and benching helps relieve the pressure but caused intermittent upper back pain. This is most intense at night.
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
I have intermittent upper left back pain, burning, pinpoint pain. Comes and goes. Also have lower left back and hip pain that worsens with standing. N?
Pain is the body's: signal that something isn't quite right. It could be something harmless like strained muscles or something more serious. Chances are good that a combination of OTC pain meds and stretching exercises will help but you need to see a doctor about it before embarking on a treatment plan. Dr. Anne ...Read more
Upper back pain. Intermittent stabs on both sides of chest, between shoulder blades, and a few pinches between breasts. Muscular? Related to back pain?
Muscular secondary: Sounds like pain radiating from the spine to the ribs , so you feel it on the sides. Muscle spasms are usually secondary in the spine, due to an underlying inflammatory condition. ...Read more
History of intermittent dry cough for 3 mos. Underwent 2 x-rays yielded normal results. Upper back pain for more than a month. Could this be lung ca?
No: You are 32 years old, a nonsmoker and have 2 normal chest x rays so the answer is absolutely no. ...Read more
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
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
Spine nerve irritate: Over the counter anti inflammatory medications may help following the instructions carefully. You can be having muscle spasms due to spinal nerve root irritation. If you have superficial muscle spasms, you can be helped usually by massage or hot packs. Massage that is helpful is usually enjoyable. If the massage causes you pain and is unpleasant, the massage is teasing the deep muscle spasms t. ...Read more
Disc or muscular: Many causes. First i would get a thoracic mri. Pain may be associated with bulging / herniated discs, arthritis of the spine. If all tests are normal, pain maybe associated with muscular spasms and pain. Pain can cause insomnia which can exacerbate upper back pain. Anxiety and depression can also cause or exacerbate upper back pain. ...Read more
McKenzie Exercises: Pt for back and neck conditions involve stretching, strengthening, and some range of motion. These exercises start very gently, and then are progressed by a certified pt based upon patient response. All patients are different, so the exact exercises differ as does the progress. Use of heat, rubs, electrical devices and ultrasound is not a long-term answer. No pain no gain to a point. ...Read more
Weak ligaments: The ligaments are weak in your back and when you sit or lie down the weak area is flexed and gets painful. When standing the tissues regain the correct alignment and the pain eases. Prolotherapy restores the strength to the ligaments and fixes the problem.Visit www.Getprolo.Com or www.Aaomed.Org and info and a doctor. ...Read more
Spine nerve irritate: Many physical therapy sites will show you the best stretches for your muscles. You may have back nerve root irritation with significant muscle spasms, esp deep spasms which cannot be really stretched with exercise. You will need to be evaluated by your family doctor and a specialist and physical medicine and rehabilitation. ...Read more
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