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Mid Back Muscle Strain Treatment
Painful muscular type pain in my mid back for 3 days. Hurts to the touch and very painful to sneeze. Active but no new exercise. Likely muscle strain?
Probably: Given your age, about 70% of all cases of acute back pain are self limited and due to "myofascial" irritation/strain. Sometimes sneezing can aggravate pain if there is a small tear of the outer coating of the disc capsule but even so there is an excellent chance of total resolution. Stay active, lift using your legs (don't bend your back forward) and consider ice packs/OTC NSAID for 3-7 days. ...Read more
It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more
Given 60mg shot of toradol in ER for acute mid back pain. Xray clear, dx muscle strain. Shot didn't help at all, extreme fatigue and confusion after?
Stop NSAID: Do not take this type of medication again. Follow up in ED if confused. ...Read more
Yesterday morning I stretched my arms up and immediately felt extreme pain on left side mid back. Strained muscle? Still hurts often going into arm?
Probably not muscle: It is unlikely that a muscle strain is causing radiating arm pain. The pain description you have given is more consistent with a cervical spine (neck) issue. Fortunately, it is very acute and likely to improve spontaneously. You can take over-the-counter medications and apply heat or ice. If the symptoms persist, worsen or become disabling, see your physician for more testing and treatment. ...Read more
Suggestions to eleviate full mid back muscle spasms each morning? I've tried stretching, jacuzzi, Aleeve, massage etc non injury related.
Epsom salts: Try taking a warm soaking bath in Epsom Salts (Magnesium sulfate), 1/2 to 1 cup in the bath water. Magnesium is the best muscle relaxer. It may take multiple baths to treat the muscle spasms. Make sure that you are drinking enough water to keep your urine pale yellow to clear. ...Read more
I have been having painful mid back muscle spasms. I think? It just came on out of the blue two days ago. I'm not really active so what is this?
Non specific symptom: Just to illustate the range of causes abnormal posture can be a cause--scolisis, back sprain, internal organs like kidney and pancreas can cause lbp and cause you to spasm your muscle as a protective reflex - simple radiculitis from diabetes, shingles -then of course problems with disc--if persist need exam by doc. ...Read more
What are the possible reason for a mid back muscle pain at left side? Not the backbone. It hurts when sitting on a chair and hand lifting.
Varies: There are a number of potential causes of back pain on one side rather than in the midline, these can include a facet joint, sacroiliac joint, or disc herniation problem; or potentially a back problem that has caused a unilateral spasm. Don't hesitate to be seen. A detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually determine the cause. ...Read more
Lower back pain on spine, mid back muscle tightness, tingling in back of both legs from mid buttocks to knees about 50x/day. Xray normal. 8 months now?
I am about 6 1/2 weeks pregnant and since yesterday have had a little bit of back ache/ pain like a pulled muscle feeling/ mid back. Is this normal?
Not unusual: Back and leg pain are common during pregnancy, though usually low back. Midback can occur, whether or not you are pregnant. Do not take medicine unless approved by your obstetrician. You can continue exercise, activity. Heat or cold may help. Talk to your primary or your OB if it persists or worsens. ...Read more
I woke up this past Sat a.m. with what I thought was a pulled muscle on the left side of my mid back;now has radiated to upper abdomen.
This sounds like-: -it follows a thoracic nerve root. If extremely painful & you have not had a shingles's vaccination, this could be the cause. Intercostal nerves are higher in the back, & follow the ribs, so it would be in a lower location in the abdomen. If a painful rash follows, its shingles. ...Read more
I got up yesterday with severe sharp stabbing pain in my mid back around my spine. I can't turn right or left. Just wondering is it a strain or my spi?
Probably strain: If symptoms persist or are associated with other symptoms, see your physician. ...Read more
Having mid/lower back pain. Now the pain after a week its starting to move into hip/buttocks after a car wreak. Thoughts besides muscle strain?
The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. ..
The treatment depends on the cause of the pain.
If your pain persists, you should seek help from a health care provider. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. ...Read more
I hv marrow edema in D10 vert on MRI, I hv no history of trauma or infection, I have pain in my mid back phys told it is injry. What treatment I take?
Marrow edema: Marrow edema is nonspecific and can be caused by numerous abnormalities. The treatment would be for the underlying cause of the edema. It sounds like your physician thinks it is traumatic in nature. If you don't recall any trauma, you may have low bone density (osteoporosis) which can result in fractures with no or minimal trauma. Speak with your doctor about the next steps. ...Read more
I am suffering from marrow edema in D10 vertebrae, I have no history of trauma or infection, I have pain in my mid back. What treatment should I take?
Diagnose First: The cause of the problem needs to be identified before a treatment can be recommended. ...Read more
Can try heat or cold: Treatment for mid-thoracic pain should start with non-steroidals like ibuprofen and some rest. See if heat or ice makes it better. If none of these modalities help then I would see your physician who may prescribe physical therapy or a chiropractor. If indicated plain X-rays may be ordered. If your pain radiates toward the front of your abdomen then a MRI is needed. I hope this helps. ...Read more
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
What causes persistent (several months) burning l mid abd pain migrating to l mid back area even though I completed an h pylori treatment?
Ulcer treatment pain: Although the burning is most suggestive of an ulcer there are a variety of potential other causes including splenic or pancreatic sources. It is most likely related to the ulcer and the very first thing to do is schedule a follow up endoscopy to ensure a satsifactory response to the h. Pylori. You may not have had a complete response and may require a second round of antibiotics. ...Read more
What is the treatment aside from surgery for diagnosed torn mid-back muscles after an injury? (2 inch radius).
Have been having upper-mid back pain with right arm pain, xray showed mild scoliosis and mild spondylosis. I'm 29 f, what does this mean? Treatment?
Nerve irritation, MRI: Arm pain with scoliosis and upper back pain suggests a bulging disc in the lower cervical spine. If the arm pain is significant, an MRI scan will help resolve the problem. If the disc is bulging or degenerate, physical therapy and an exercise program along with anti-inflammatory medications such as Motrin or alleve should be first step. Spondylosis means degeneration of the discs in spine. ...Read more
I'm in unbareable pain I have scoloisis knots start at mid back n low back pain. Butt. Hip. Leg. Feet. Neck pain. What kind of treatment is there for it?
Scoliosis: How long have you been dealing with the pain? What you done for muscle pain before? You need to consult a physician for physical exam to exclude neuropathy or other pathologies and likely get started on muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatories and analgesics as well as referral to physical therapy. ...Read more
20yo:Sharp mid-back pain & numb/pins&needles in feet. MRI: bulging disc, schmorls node & mod. DDD @ T11. Causes/Treatment? DO, DC & PT haven't helped.
Low back pain: What you describe is consistent with degenerative disc disease. There are many cause as well as multiple treatment options. I usually recommend physical therapy with possible local ultrasound therapy to the lower back. In severe cases, you will physician may recommend steroid injections. I recommend following up with a back specialist. ...Read more
Trying again. Mid back pain, right side, level 6. Cloudy light yellow urine. No other symptoms. HAVE NOT DONE ANYTHING TO PULL MUSCLE. Kidneys?
have had lower- mid back pain month+, pain is from tight muscles. Would skating injure my back more/ increase pain? Wait 2 skate until healed?
It depends.: What you describe may be coming from your muscles as in a "pulled muscle" or may be coming from another part of your body such as your spine. Generally a muscle strain or sprain will resolve up to four to six weeks and rest, gentle stretches along with ice or heat, and over the counter antiinflammatory medications (if not contraindicated) may be helpful. After that time get a medical evaluation ...Read more
Pain in low/mid back on right side. Hurts when moves. Can't get comfortable. Muscles not tight. No pain urinating. Kidneys??
Gave birth 3 yr ago and lower mid back tender to touch ever since. Hard to do floor exercises sometimes. Now getting muscle twitches and numbness?
Deg. Disc, hern. Disc, when I sit, stand my mid back goes numb roughly the radius of a cantaloupe. Neck pain that pulls a muscle in head leaning forwd?
Caused by bending the neck forwards, poor posture, using your arms in front of the body and lifting excessive weight. A thorough examination from a pain management specialist is usually sufficient to diagnose a neck disc bulge. A special physiotherapy management, rest and nsaids will ameliorate the condition in most cases.
Rec.: see pain specialist for evaluation. ...Read more
No: Probably it could be muscle or spaine, see your doctor to have evaluation and CT. ...Read more
Intense back spasms off and on for 2 wks in the mid-back in muscles that run along spine. Hurts to breathe, lift arms, laying on sides. What is wrong?
Persistent spasm: There can be many causes for this type of symptom. If you lifted a very heavy object, were playing contact sports, or were involved in a motor vehicle collision, this could be due to a vertebral compression fracture or rib fracture. If you have no history of trauma, then muscle spasm is more likely. If short of breath, this could be pulmonary embolus. You should be examined by a doctor. ...Read more
How to tell if I cracked a rib, or just injured a muscle in center of mid back, below shoulder blades? Pain when bending but not if stationary.
Get an x-ray: An x-ray would be necessary to diagnose a fractured rib. Usually a fractured rib would be painful with movement, deep breathing or coughing. It would also be tender on feeling it. The center of the back would be an unusual location for a rib fracture--it should be off to one side or the other. ...Read more
Severe muscle pain in my mid back on both sides. When I went flat on my back the tightness from both of my spine into ribs expelling air from lungs.?
Muscle spasm: Perhaps the large muscles of the back went into spasm. Since they are painful it may have caused you to exhale harder than usual. See a doctor for exam and treatment. Pain is not necessary to endure. ...Read more
Does sharp pain in my mid back and shoulders mean cardiac problems? The muscles hurt my back when I lift my arms. Neg cardiac test 1 yr ago. Anxiety?
No: Heart pain never hurts just the back and shoulders- it may radiate to the back when it starts in the chest and becomes severe. The observation that lifting your arms provokes it is a good indication that the pain is muscular (not nerves). Rest, heat, and analgesics (like ibuprofen) will most likely help. Avoid heavy lifting and try to maintain good posture (i.e. avoid spells of leaning forward) ...Read more
Back pain. Mid back. Only fine laying flat on back. Doesn't feel like a muscle issue as it's not sensitive to touch. Nerve?
Pelvis subluxation?: 27y fem. W. "mid-back pain" better lying on back. Have seen in cases of sacroiliac subluxation caused by unilateral sacrotuberous ligament injury. Lying on back causes both posterior superior iliac spines to equally incur ground force of sleep surface & thereat shift both sacroiliac joints to neutral anatomic position. Detected by manual exam. Not discovered by MRI, which is "snapshot". Osteopath? ...Read more
Left mid back when pressed hard feel sort of a tender swollen spot, no pain in back or side, could this be a muscle, very nervous!
Very likely you: Have experienced some sort of injury or trauma to your back. It is likely a muscle strain/soft tissue injury. This is fairly common and a person often doesn't recall how or when it happened. Often there is nothing to see (no bruising, etc). Ice it for 15 min 3-4'times a day; take ibuprofen according to directions. It should slowly improve; if not see your Doctor. Good wishes:) ...Read more
On & off headache &nausea for a week. Lower&mid back & neck pain. History of migraines. What could this be stress/muscle? Pink spotting after period?
Possibly: You are having a constellation of symptoms that are causing you suffering, these may or may not be related to your hormones. Sometimes a condition like endometriosis can be associated with all of these. See a gynecologist, or possibly a neurologist for evaluation and treatment. Or start with your primary care. While the symptoms could be related, they might also be separate. See md for eval. ...Read more
Chronic mid back pain for 3 years. My doctor said muscle spasms and I went to a chiropractor and spine doctor all with no help.?
Correct diagnosis: Adolescents do not have ddd. They may have MRI findings of this, but generally speaking, ddd is extremely unusual in this age group. I would be more suspicious of scheuermann's disease (may be present without spinal deformity, but MRI findings will show multiple "degenerative" discs, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, etc.). I would invest some time and find a doc that will pursue the right dx. ...Read more