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I have been having this middle back pain on both sides for a few days now it hurts to move or breathe what could it be?

I have been having this middle back pain on both sides for a few days now it hurts to move or breathe what could it be?

Anything: Back pain is very non specific and be caused by multiple things such as muscle strains, bone disorders. In addition, internal issues such as lung problems, heart problems, and stomach/pancreas problems can also cause back pain. With the development of pain with respiration this should be evaluated urgently for things such as pulmonary emobli (blood clots). ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

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I have middle back pain and it hurts to breath and it is hard to get comfortable?

I have middle back pain and it hurts to breath and  it is hard to get comfortable?

Doctor can evaluate: "hurts to breath" could be pain due to movement of the ribs if the movement irritates the rib joints and cartilage, could be due to irritation or pressure on nerves coming from the spine to that area, or due to other things like lung problems (infections, etc...), etc..., so if a doctor should talk with the patient and do an exam to get an idea of what might be happening. ...Read more

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I have middle back pain and pain under my left rib cage. There is an increase in pain when i take a deep breath, what could this be?

I have middle back pain and pain under my left rib cage. There is an increase in pain when i take a deep breath, what could this be?

Pleurisy: Sounds like it could be pleurisy. If you don't have a rash on your skin that looks like blisters (which would be shingles), this is likely an inflammation of the lining of your lungs. Ibuprofen (if ok with your system) is the treatment of choice. Other possibilities are a pulled ribcage muscle - if that's the case, Ibuprofen is still the treatment. ...Read more

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I have middle back pain and pain under my left rib cage. There is an increase in pain when i take a deep breath, it is not muscular, what could it be?

I have middle back pain and pain under my left rib cage. There is an increase in pain when i take a deep breath, it is not muscular, what could it be?

Difficult to say: There are many possibilities here. The pain could be coming from the spine. I am not sure how you know it is not muscular. Other possible pain generators include the lungs, ribs or the internal organs. This could be a pain that originates exactly where you feel it or could be referred from a more distant location. You need a good physical examination by an md/do who is used to dealing with this. ...Read more

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Thoracic back pain, hurts to breathe, cough etc. What should I do?

Thoracic back pain, hurts to breathe, cough etc.  What should I do?

Cough and back pain: Symptoms of back pain, cough and pain with breathing suggests a respiratory or cardiac cause that could be potentially serious. The best approach is to see your healthcare provider and be evaluated for cardiac and respiratory disorders. I suspect a chest x-ray, ecg, and lung function tests would be a fairly routine place to start. Once identified, specific treatment can be given. ...Read more

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Upper back pain between right shoulder blade and spine hurts to breathe?

Upper back pain between right shoulder blade and spine hurts to breathe?

Costochondritis: Costochondritis is inflammation of cartilage between the ribs and is associated with a viral illness, smoking, and other causes such as trauma to the area, physical activity straining the rib cage, arthritis and other causes. Try ice on area, ibruprofen/tylenol to relieve pain, avoid activity that makes it hurt. Chk with doctor for source of pain. Chest xray/physical therapy may help. ...Read more

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It's been 3 days that I have had off and on stabbing lower back pain. When this happens, it takes my breath & it hurts to breathe in.

It's been 3 days that I have had off and on stabbing lower back pain. When this happens, it takes my breath & it hurts to breathe in.

Axial low back pain: If your pain is just in the low back then most likely this is just muscular in nature. It should get better with time. If not, then i recommend seeing a physician who can perform a physical exam and locate exactly where the pain is coming from. ...Read more

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Woke up with back pain left side. Hurts to breathe. Neck jaw tingling. 26 yo. Been 10 hours. How to tell its my heart?? Heart attack?

Woke up with back pain left side. Hurts to breathe. Neck jaw tingling. 26 yo. Been 10 hours. How to tell its my heart?? Heart attack?

Chest pain: Best to go to the doc and get checked out. Many possibilities and heart attack isn't high on the list for a 26y/o but not impossible. Pleural and pericardial inflammation are real as well as other things. ...Read more

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25 year old female with middle back pain hurts really bad when breathing.?

25 year old female with middle back pain hurts really bad when breathing.?

Check it out: This could just muscle inflammation in the back will go away in 2-3 days after using advil (ibuprofen) or could be a sign of some thing inside the chest cage, so i will advice to check it if continued. ...Read more

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Lower to middle back pain. Hurts when I urinate. After urination my penis is still burning. Looks like a bulge in the shaft now. Kidney stone?

Lower to middle back pain. Hurts when I urinate. After urination my penis is still burning. Looks like a bulge in the shaft now. Kidney stone?

Requires exam and: lab studies, renal ultrasound. Labs should include routine urine analysis, urine culture and sensitivity, metabolic panel and a genital exam. If you are having unprotected sexual relations, you must be screened for STDs. ...Read more

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I am having really bad middle back pain to the point of when i inhale deeply it hurts. It's more on my right side. Left side feels discomfort?

Pain: Did you have any trauma? That type of pain is concerning and could even be arising from problems within the chest also. Please be evaluated as that sounds concerning. All the best! ...Read more

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Sudden middle back pain in yesterday, still hurts today. Slightly improved, especially with ibuprofen & hot shower. Is it most likely muscle injury?

Possibly: You may have strained a muscle or ligament supporting your spine. It's also possible that you injured your disc. Usually pain will improve over 1-2 weeks with rest and anti-inlfammatories. If the pain last longer than two weeks I recommend seeing your physician. ...Read more

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Middle back pain for months.1 Thoracic vertebrae hurts when pressed for 1 wk. Causes? Doctor doesn't think it's serious. No hx of trauma, no fevers.

Second opinion: NOt sure what the problem but would get a second opinion. This may not be serious but if you are worried it merits being checked out. Note that at your young age the liklihood is small that there is any serious issue. May only be muscular. ...Read more

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Does GERD cause upper/middle back pain? It kind of feels like my lungs hurt. Diagnosed with GERD after normal CXray, stress test echo and ECG

Does GERD cause upper/middle back pain? It kind of feels like my lungs hurt. Diagnosed with GERD after normal CXray,  stress test echo and ECG

It can.: given the work up you've had so far, the best step next may be to try over-the-counter antacids to see if they help temporarily. If they do, then a trial of prescription medication for Gerd may be indicated. You should also avoid any particular foods that you notice bring on your symptoms. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hair loss middle back pain. Like a burning feeling. Right flank gnawing pain. Doesn't hurt when sleeping. Elevated sed. Ana + spec pattern? Cbc ok .

Complex: Your description does not give clear picture. Discuss with your physician or seek 2 nd opinion. There are many causes of back pain from cardiac and shingles to arthritis and herniated disk. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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