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My husband has crampy left sided mid back pain. It's very bothersome. What could cause this?

My husband has crampy left sided mid back pain. It's very bothersome. What could cause this?

Broad differential: The differential is long and includes kidney stones, diverticulitis, and lumbar spine disease amongst others. Please visit your primary care doctor to sort out the issues and get your husband the appropriate treatment. Good luck and well wishes to your husband. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

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Chest/rib aching on left side. Mid-back pain when bending. Ekg, chest xray, blood work clear. Overly sweaty sometimes (esp. Night). Er thought pleurisy but naproxen doesn't seem to help. Thoughts?

Chest/rib aching on left side. Mid-back pain when bending. Ekg, chest xray, blood work clear. Overly sweaty sometimes (esp. Night). Er thought pleurisy but naproxen doesn't seem to help. Thoughts?

Nerve pain: The rib cage discomfort may be due to pressure on a nerve caused by a spur or disc in the midback spine. A deep breath can also pinch the intercostal nerve which runs between ribs. I recommend an evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon who will order the appropriate images. ...Read more

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Why would I have left-sided mid&upper back pain after an EGD & colonoscopy? Hurts more when eating and swallowing. Biopsies were taken.

Why would I have left-sided mid&upper back pain after an EGD & colonoscopy?  Hurts more when eating and swallowing. Biopsies were taken.

Invasive procedures,: such as EGD and colonoscopy, often cause discomfort afterwards, especially if biopsies are taken. Taking biopsies requires cutting out a tiny piece of the lining of your stomach and/or colon, it is normal for this to be painful. If it is painful to swallow, try drinking liquids and/or soft foods in order to allow your body to recover. ...Read more

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I have left side mid/upper back pain and llq pain w/ difficulty urinating. My urine is cloudy/smelly. No fever do I have a kidney infection?

I have left side mid/upper back pain and  llq pain w/ difficulty urinating.  My urine is  cloudy/smelly.  No fever   do I have a kidney infection?

Cannot diagnose: See a doctor and get evaluated. This is not an internet issue. Face to face consultation following a detailed history, physical exam and some labs will be valuable. Hope you do not have this. ...Read more

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Mid back pain under shoulder left side When breathing deep the pain wraps around my side to my left chest and shoulderbBack pain is constant not chest?

Mid back pain under shoulder left side When breathing deep the pain wraps around my side to my left chest and shoulderbBack pain is constant not chest?

Back pain : The pain that you describe is typical of an inflamed rib head as it inserts into the spine. Anti-inflammatory medications, stretching and massage can help. Apply ice at night and moist warm heat in the morning. Chiropractors are helpful with this problem. Injection of the rib head with a cortisone shot is another treatment option. If the pain persists then a thoracic MRI scan is warranted. ...Read more

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My 12 year old son is having lower abdominal pain on the right and left side as well as low-mid back pain. What could be the problem? He is in pain, no fever, he has had regular bowel movements.

My 12 year old son is having lower abdominal pain on the right and left side as well as low-mid back pain. What could be the problem? He is in pain, no fever, he has had regular bowel movements.

These : These symptoms could be a sign of a urinary tract or kidney infection. Appendicitis is also a concern but less likely. Regardless, he needs to be evaluated by his pediatrician right away. A simple urine test will be the first step, followed by an additional diagnostic testing that the doctor feels is necessary. Good luck. ...Read more

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Late period. Stabbing pain in vagina/cervix. Low-mid back pain. Dull ache + sharp pains in abdomen + left side. Not pregnant.

Late period. Stabbing pain in vagina/cervix. Low-mid back pain. Dull ache + sharp pains in abdomen + left side. Not pregnant.

Dx?: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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Headache eye pain and nasal congestion only on left side of face with watery runny nose , throat and ear pain.. and now upper mid back pain?

Headache eye pain and nasal congestion only on left side of face with watery runny nose , throat and ear pain.. and now upper mid back pain?

You sound sick.: This all could represent a sinus infection, but the unilaterality and midback pain are curious elements. You really should have a good local examination by a physician today to know for sure what's going on. ...Read more

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31yr female.sharp Pain on only one point of spine slightly towards left in mid back. Pain only when pressed. should I worry?

31yr female.sharp Pain on only one point of spine slightly towards left in mid back. Pain only when pressed. should I worry?

Depends: Can you think of any trauma to the area, like leaning against a hard chair or bra strap, or a fall? Do you have any fever? Has it been there more than a week or so? Is it worsening? Do you have any shooting pain or weakness? The answer to these questions will help decide what the next step in diagnosis should be, or if it is ok to just wait and see if it resolves. ...Read more

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I'm 9weeks pregnant. I am currently having moderate pain in my left lower to mid back. Pain is sometimes sharp, sometimes dull...help?

I'm 9weeks pregnant. I am currently having moderate pain in my left lower to mid back.  Pain is sometimes sharp, sometimes dull...help?

See a DOC: During pregnancy as uterus grows, it puts pressure on other pelvic organs especially ureter & you may experience some lower back and flank pain which is normal. But you should always rule out complications of early pregnancy (ectopic, molar, miscarriage, abortion), PID, UTI, Cystitis, pyelonephritis or kidney stone. See PCP for urine test & US of uterus & kidney. ...Read more

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Mid back pain starts just below shoulder blades and radiates around to the front just below breasts left worse than right What is possible cause?

Mid back pain starts just below shoulder blades and radiates around to the front just below breasts left worse than right What is possible cause?

Upper back pain: This is radicular pain from an irritated nerve root exiting from the thoracic 7/8 region. Inflammation of the rib head as it attaches to the spine is common. Other causes include muscle/tendon strain or a pinched nerve from a herniated disc. Anti-inflammatory medications, massage, and ice packs may relieve the pain. If the symptoms persist, then see your medical doctor. ...Read more

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Right side mid back pain with flat stools ever since gallbladder was removed.No blood in stools.

Causes: Could be many causes: hernia, kidney stone or infection, strain, herniated disk, etc. See physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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Left mid back pain when moving and taking deep breathe. No known significant injury. Came on suddenly. What could it be and what is treatment?

Left mid back pain when moving and taking deep breathe. No known significant injury. Came on suddenly. What could it be and what is treatment?

Left mid back pain: Could be from colon constipation, musculoskeletal or costochondritis could be pneumonia, gastritis, rarely gallbladder ( that is usually on right) ovary/vaginitis( I have seen this) referred to back or kidney. rarely could be clot in lung F/u today with doctor urgent care need to check for UTI and insure not clot especially if on BCP ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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