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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?

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

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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


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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?

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

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Suggestions to eleviate full mid back muscle spasms each morning? I've tried stretching, jacuzzi, Aleeve, massage etc non injury related.

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

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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?

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

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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.

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

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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?

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?

Back pain: Plain film XRays are not enough to determine persistent Los back pain. You need and MRI. Talk with your doctor it sounds like a disc problem. But would need to know your full medical history ...Read more

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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?

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

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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.

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

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Back injury d/t pt pulling me forward & leaned back against force. Hernia L5-S1 (MRI L3-5). Mid back sore 3 months later. Called strain but not healing.

Back injury d/t pt pulling me forward & leaned back against force. Hernia L5-S1 (MRI L3-5). Mid back sore 3 months later. Called strain but not healing.

Consult: Physical therapy is important. Can Consult neurologist, pain specialist, back specialist, sports doctor, physiatrist and yes neuro or back surgeons for additional options on treatment. Alternative and complementary practitioners that are experienced in back pain can also help. Get all opinions and options available and research your surgeons before disk surgery which may be what is needed. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Back pain: 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

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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?

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

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My mid-back spine hurts. Treatment options?

My mid-back spine hurts. Treatment options?

Back pain: Start with advil/motrin. You may want to try gentle stretching exercises, heating pad, or a massage. If it lasts more that a few weeks then you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mid-back spine hurts treatment?

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

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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

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What causes persistent (several months) burning l mid abd pain migrating to l mid back area even though I completed an h pylori treatment?

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

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What is the treatment aside from surgery for diagnosed torn mid-back muscles after an injury? (2 inch radius).

What is the treatment aside from surgery for diagnosed torn mid-back muscles after an injury? (2 inch radius).

All medical: There is rarely an indication for surgery for torn back muscle. It will heal eventually, so be patient, apply heat take ibuprofen, and follow your doctor instruction ...Read more

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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

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