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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

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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back is also known as Back pain. Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...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.

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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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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I have mid back pain on right side. It's a very sharp pain. No kidney stones. Blood work normal, 49 female, no injury. Feels like something catches?

I have mid back pain on right side.  It's a very sharp pain.  No kidney stones.  Blood work normal, 49 female, no injury. Feels like something catches?

Spine or muscle : Sprained muscles can "catch". Spinal motion segments can catch for several reasons. Either muscular or spinal column pains can be "sharp". When in doubt, check it out. ...Read more

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36 female, tender spot near spine right side, mid back. Pain between shoulder blades, right abdomen pain loose stool after eating? Pancreas cancer?

36 female, tender spot near spine right side, mid back. Pain between shoulder blades, right abdomen pain loose stool after eating? Pancreas cancer?

No: The st common tumor of the pancreas arises in the head and is associated with painless jaundice. Body lesions which can cause back pain have anorexia and wt. loss. When there is back pain and loose stools think of steatorrhea where fat is not absorbed due to severe pancreatitis and not a malignancy ...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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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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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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