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I have pain in my upper back on the right side. Could there be something seriously wrong? What serious conditions?

I have pain in my upper back on the right side. Could there be something seriously wrong? What serious conditions?

Not likely: The upper back is a common area for muscle tension. Serious problems would be cervical or thoracic discs with referred pain or referred pain from internal organs. ...Read more

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What causes a man a sharp pain in my upper back on the right side?

What causes a man a sharp pain in my upper back on the right side?

Lots of things: Most common back pain sources are strained/pulled muscles but "sharp" pain into the shoulders and arms/legs can be from a herniated disc causing nerve compression. If the pain comes around your chest/abdomen from the back this can also be a disc herniation. If you're having any neurologic problems (like weakness, etc), or the pain persists/worsens, you need to get this evaluated by a specialist. ...Read more

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I did 30 minutes of cardio and now have pain radiating in my upper back on the right side. I don't regularly exercise. Is this normal? I'm 30.

I did 30 minutes of cardio and now have pain radiating in my upper back on the right side.  I don't regularly exercise.  Is this normal?  I'm 30.

No, not normal: "cardio" is a very non-specific term for exercise that gets your heart rate elevated for therapeutic benefit. Not knowing what specific exercise you were doing is somewhat limiting. None the less the pain you describe does not sound like a normal consequence of exercise. It may be something as simple as a strained muscle but if persist recommend seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a pretty severe cold and now when I take a deep breath in the is a sudden pain on my upper back on just the right side. Should I be worried?

I have a pretty severe cold and now when I take a deep breath in the is a sudden pain on my upper back on just the right side. Should I be worried?

Right side pleuritis: is probably what you have but it could be also pneumonia too. You need a chest x-ray and exam. Call your doctor. If you can not get a hold of your doctor go to an urgent care center. In the mean time you can take advil or naproxene or motrin for the pain if it bothers you a lot. ...Read more

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I have upper back pain on my right side. It is most intense when I look down & is constant. Its sometimes absent when i just wake up but not for long?

I have upper back pain on my right side. It is most intense when I look down & is constant. Its sometimes absent when i just wake up but not for long?

Upper 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. ...Read more

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I have been having upper back pain for about three weeks on my right side. Burning, comes and goes. Should i be worried? No sob? Motrin helps some.

I have been having upper back pain for about three weeks on my right side. Burning,  comes and goes. Should i be worried?  No sob? Motrin helps some.

Probably Muscular: This type of pain is usually muscular and should run its course. If you have not been seen by your pcp, now is the time since it has not improved. This can also be a referred pain from reflux or even the neck or shoulder. Go get checked out. ...Read more

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What can I do for right side upper back pain + shoulder numbness that goes down to my fingers?

What can I do for right side upper back pain + shoulder numbness that goes down to my fingers?

Cervical disdisease : Cervical disc disease manifests as pain in the shoulder and then radiates down toward the hand. Other signs are weakness in the fingers and the arm. Treatment is usually a trial of nsaids and physical therapy. To make the definitive diagnosis, an MRI and emg/ncv will identify the source of the problem. ...Read more

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I felt upper back pain only right hand side after wake up only .It goes after 10 minutes of wake up.It's not sure that i felt it regularly.

I felt upper back pain only right hand side after wake up only .It goes after 10 minutes of wake up.It's not sure that i felt it regularly.

As long as it : Resolves and is not a constant pain, it is unlikely to be anything serious. It may be related to how you sleep or even to the condition of your mattress. ...Read more