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I pulled a muscle in my upper back i think and it keeps spasming. Would a massage be good for this or will it exacerbate the problem?

I pulled a muscle in my upper back i think and it keeps spasming.  Would a massage be good for this or will it exacerbate the problem?

Ok to try: Gentle massage along with mild anti inflammatory is fine in short term. Can also try alternate heat and icing. If doesn't improve over 5-7 days you get formal exam. ...Read more

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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Can the upper back spasms cause tightness in the chest?

Can the upper back spasms cause tightness in the chest?

Yes: The upper back muscle spasms can sometimes very quickly radiate around the chest to the front causing a "vise-like" compression sensation with shortness of breath or inability to take a deep breathe ... Usually self-limited in duration lasting several minutes. ...Read more

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Can i take a baclofen, if i had taken a tramodol 2 hours ago? I am having 10 out of 10 on the pain scale back spasms. I just n back has been spasming for about 6 hours. Some positions help but not for long. They just seem to come in waves.

Can i take a baclofen, if i had taken a tramodol 2 hours ago?  I am having 10 out of 10 on the pain scale back spasms.  I just n back has been spasming for about 6 hours.  Some positions help but not for long.  They just seem to come in waves.

Drug interaction: Tramadol is a opioid pain killer. Baclofen is a muscle relaxers. It is common to have them prescribed together for pain. You can take Baclofen for spasm. Please be aware that taking tramadol and Baclofen together can increase risks of dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. ...Read more

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Random upper back spasms, difficulty breathing during spasm. Lasts anywhere from few min to hours. Have s curve scoliosis, mild on top?

Random upper back spasms, difficulty breathing during spasm. Lasts anywhere from few min to hours.  Have s curve scoliosis, mild on top?

Conservative care: There may by underlying pathology, such as early disc degeneration, causing the spasms, or you may have unknowingly injured your back. A mild scoliosis is actually unlikely to cause any significant pain/problems. If symptoms persist and/or are debilitating, you need to see a physician. ...Read more

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Out of the blue yesterday I started getting back spasms (left upper back) and they seem to have gotten worse overnight. I'm icing. Anything else?

Out of the blue yesterday I started getting back spasms (left upper back) and they seem to have gotten worse overnight. I'm icing. Anything else?

Icing and NSAID: That is the classic presentation of Muscle spasm. Icing, Application of either OTC Asper cream, IcyHot or Flex all or Solanpas may help you. Oral intake of Ibuprofen or Naprosyn (naproxen) may be more effective. Massage to the affected area will also help. Try to so some stretching exercise daily when you are better so that your Muscles do not get into spasm again. ...Read more

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Have neck oa. Getting upper back spasms with overhead strength training (5lb). How else can I strengthen my arms and upper back?

Have neck oa. Getting upper back spasms with overhead strength training (5lb). How else can I strengthen my arms and upper back?

Several Options: You many consider having a functional evaluation with a physical therapist to provide a regimen to minimize any neck mediated symptoms and also evaluate your overall functional mobility for areas of improvement. You may also find doing these exercises supine rather than upright may take some stress off your neck. ...Read more

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OA in neck, upper back spasms. Overhead exercise tightens back. Should I try doing overhead exercises or avoid? Weights OK? Flabby upper arms/obese.

OA in neck, upper back spasms. Overhead exercise tightens back. Should I try doing overhead exercises or avoid? Weights OK? Flabby upper arms/obese.

OK to avoid them: First it may help to work with a certified personal trainer to modify an overhead exercises so that they are more "tolerable". Otherwise, no exercise that is done overhead is "necessary". Be reassured that you can readily find alternatives that will be suitable without compromising your the benefits you are receiving. ...Read more

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I'm 29f, healthy weight, neck/upper back pain for 2 yrs, back spasms last thurs so severe I had to go to er.Also recently developed yellow sclera! help!?

I'm 29f, healthy weight, neck/upper back pain for 2 yrs, back spasms last thurs so severe I had to go to er.Also recently developed yellow sclera! help!?

Yellow sclera: I'm more concerned about the yellow sclera in your eyes than the back pain for 2 years. It could mean something is going on with your liver - something you should see the doctor right away for. It probably doesn't have anything to do with the back pain that's been going on for 2 years. ...Read more

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