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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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I have been getting mid back pain after eating and sometimes on my right side on the side. Is this life threatening? Gb removed 6 MS ago. Scared.

I have been getting mid back pain after eating and sometimes on my right side on the side. Is this life threatening? Gb removed 6 MS ago. Scared.

Don't be afraid.: Pain after meals can be frightening, but having your gall bladder removed eliminates that as a cause of your pain. I would recommend seeing a gastroenterologist for an upper endoscopy and evaluation for reflux/ulcer disease. In the mean time you should take a daily over the counter acid reducer such as Pepcid, Nexium (esomeprazole) or Prilosec.

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Why am I expiriencing left mid back pain when I take a breathe? Can mono cause this? I've also been having lower back problems when I run for 6 months

Not Mono/Get Checked: You have a back pain in mid back and lower back when you run. To find what is causing it, you will need a thorogh history &physical exam and if indicated xrays or other imaging.It may be muscular pain, or pain in the spine due to some abnormality. You are only 16 years old and ask your parents to take you to your pediatrician to have it checked. It is not likely to be from mono.

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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