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I woke up this past Sat a.m. with what I thought was a pulled muscle on the left side of my mid back;now has radiated to upper abdomen.

I woke up this past Sat a.m. with what I thought was a pulled muscle on the left side of my mid back;now has radiated to upper abdomen.

This sounds like-: -it follows a thoracic nerve root. If extremely painful & you have not had a shingles's vaccination, this could be the cause. Intercostal nerves are higher in the back, & follow the ribs, so it would be in a lower location in the abdomen. If a painful rash follows, its shingles. ...Read more

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It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Painful muscular type pain in my mid back for 3 days. Hurts to the touch and very painful to sneeze. Active but no new exercise. Likely muscle strain?

Painful muscular type pain in my mid back for 3 days. Hurts to the touch and very painful to sneeze. Active but no new exercise. Likely muscle strain?

Probably: Given your age, about 70% of all cases of acute back pain are self limited and due to "myofascial" irritation/strain. Sometimes sneezing can aggravate pain if there is a small tear of the outer coating of the disc capsule but even so there is an excellent chance of total resolution. Stay active, lift using your legs (don't bend your back forward) and consider ice packs/OTC NSAID for 3-7 days. ...Read more

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I am about 6 1/2 weeks pregnant and since yesterday have had a little bit of back ache/ pain like a pulled muscle feeling/ mid back. Is this normal?

I am about 6 1/2 weeks pregnant and since yesterday have had a little bit of back ache/ pain like a pulled muscle feeling/ mid back. Is this normal?

Not unusual: Back and leg pain are common during pregnancy, though usually low back. Midback can occur, whether or not you are pregnant. Do not take medicine unless approved by your obstetrician. You can continue exercise, activity. Heat or cold may help. Talk to your primary or your OB if it persists or worsens. ...Read more

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How to tell if it is a muscle problem or rib injury if I have significant pain in center of mid back? Was at gym, no problem. 30 min later, pain!

How to tell if it is a muscle problem or rib injury if I have significant pain in center of mid back? Was at gym, no problem. 30 min later, pain!

Muscle Strain: Sounds like a muscle strain. If so, the pain should respond to anti-inflammatories and tylenol (acetaminophen) and improve over the next several days. If the pain worsens or you develop and shortness of breath, fever, chills, then seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Back pain. Mid back. Only fine laying flat on back. Doesn't feel like a muscle issue as it's not sensitive to touch. Nerve?

Back pain. Mid back. Only fine laying flat on back. Doesn't feel like a muscle issue as it's not sensitive to touch. Nerve?

Pelvis subluxation?: 27y fem. W. "mid-back pain" better lying on back. Have seen in cases of sacroiliac subluxation caused by unilateral sacrotuberous ligament injury. Lying on back causes both posterior superior iliac spines to equally incur ground force of sleep surface & thereat shift both sacroiliac joints to neutral anatomic position. Detected by manual exam. Not discovered by MRI, which is "snapshot". Osteopath? ...Read more

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I have been having painful mid back muscle spasms. I think? It just came on out of the blue two days ago. I'm not really active so what is this?

I have been having painful mid back muscle spasms. I think? It just came on out of the blue two days ago. I'm not really active so what is this?

Non specific symptom: Just to illustate the range of causes abnormal posture can be a cause--scolisis, back sprain, internal organs like kidney and pancreas can cause lbp and cause you to spasm your muscle as a protective reflex - simple radiculitis from diabetes, shingles -then of course problems with disc--if persist need exam by doc. ...Read more

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What is the treatment aside from surgery for diagnosed torn mid-back muscles after an injury? (2 inch radius).

What is the treatment aside from surgery for diagnosed torn mid-back muscles after an injury? (2 inch radius).

All medical: There is rarely an indication for surgery for torn back muscle. It will heal eventually, so be patient, apply heat take ibuprofen, and follow your doctor instruction ...Read more

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Left mid back when pressed hard feel sort of a tender swollen spot, no pain in back or side, could this be a muscle, very nervous!

Left mid back when pressed hard feel sort of a tender swollen spot, no pain in back or side, could this be a muscle, very nervous!

Very likely you: Have experienced some sort of injury or trauma to your back. It is likely a muscle strain/soft tissue injury. This is fairly common and a person often doesn't recall how or when it happened. Often there is nothing to see (no bruising, etc). Ice it for 15 min 3-4'times a day; take ibuprofen according to directions. It should slowly improve; if not see your Doctor. Good wishes:) ...Read more

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Could a muscle spasm cause pain in the mid back when you take a deep breath?

Yes: Yes, it can. But, there are also other potential causes. If you've done recent heavy lifting/strenuous exercise, etc, then this is very much possible. If you are having any chest pain, shortness of breath, or fever, however, you should see a doctor ASAP. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Suggestions to eleviate full mid back muscle spasms each morning? I've tried stretching, jacuzzi, Aleeve, massage etc non injury related.

Suggestions to eleviate full mid back muscle spasms each morning? I've tried stretching, jacuzzi, Aleeve, massage etc non injury related.

Epsom salts: Try taking a warm soaking bath in Epsom Salts (Magnesium sulfate), 1/2 to 1 cup in the bath water. Magnesium is the best muscle relaxer. It may take multiple baths to treat the muscle spasms. Make sure that you are drinking enough water to keep your urine pale yellow to clear. ...Read more

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How to tell if I cracked a rib, or just injured a muscle in center of mid back, below shoulder blades? Pain when bending but not if stationary.

Get an x-ray: An x-ray would be necessary to diagnose a fractured rib. Usually a fractured rib would be painful with movement, deep breathing or coughing. It would also be tender on feeling it. The center of the back would be an unusual location for a rib fracture--it should be off to one side or the other. ...Read more

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Yesterday morning I stretched my arms up and immediately felt extreme pain on left side mid back. Strained muscle? Still hurts often going into arm?

Yesterday morning I stretched my arms up and immediately felt extreme pain on left side mid back. Strained muscle? Still hurts often going into arm?

Probably not muscle: It is unlikely that a muscle strain is causing radiating arm pain. The pain description you have given is more consistent with a cervical spine (neck) issue. Fortunately, it is very acute and likely to improve spontaneously. You can take over-the-counter medications and apply heat or ice. If the symptoms persist, worsen or become disabling, see your physician for more testing and treatment. ...Read more

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have had lower- mid back pain month+, pain is from tight muscles. Would skating injure my back more/ increase pain? Wait 2 skate until healed?

have had lower- mid back pain month+, pain is from tight muscles. Would skating injure my back more/ increase pain? Wait 2 skate until healed?

It depends.: What you describe may be coming from your muscles as in a "pulled muscle" or may be coming from another part of your body such as your spine. Generally a muscle strain or sprain will resolve up to four to six weeks and rest, gentle stretches along with ice or heat, and over the counter antiinflammatory medications (if not contraindicated) may be helpful. After that time get a medical evaluation ...Read more

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Pain in low/mid back on right side. Hurts when moves. Can't get comfortable. Muscles not tight. No pain urinating. Kidneys??

Pain in low/mid back on right side. Hurts when moves. Can't get comfortable. Muscles not tight. No pain urinating. Kidneys??

Maybe: Only way to know for sure would be a more complete evaluation (primary care ok), some lab tests, a ursine test, and maybe some imaging X-ray or ct scan. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Gave birth 3 yr ago and lower mid back tender to touch ever since. Hard to do floor exercises sometimes. Now getting muscle twitches and numbness?

Gave birth 3 yr ago and lower mid back tender to touch ever since. Hard to do floor exercises sometimes. Now getting muscle twitches and numbness?

Low back pain: Low back pain is a very complex issue with more potential causes than could be listed here. Your primary care doctor may be the best place to start. They can determine if an Orthopedic, Neurologic or Neurosurgical evaluation is warranted. ...Read more

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Deg. Disc, hern. Disc, when I sit, stand my mid back goes numb roughly the radius of a cantaloupe. Neck pain that pulls a muscle in head leaning forwd?

Bulging disc: Caused by bending the neck forwards, poor posture, using your arms in front of the body and lifting excessive weight. A thorough examination from a pain management specialist is usually sufficient to diagnose a neck disc bulge. A special physiotherapy management, rest and nsaids will ameliorate the condition in most cases.
Rec.: see pain specialist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Intense back spasms off and on for 2 wks in the mid-back in muscles that run along spine. Hurts to breathe, lift arms, laying on sides. What is wrong?

Intense back spasms off and on for 2 wks in the mid-back in muscles that run along spine. Hurts to breathe, lift arms, laying on sides. What is wrong?

Persistent spasm: There can be many causes for this type of symptom. If you lifted a very heavy object, were playing contact sports, or were involved in a motor vehicle collision, this could be due to a vertebral compression fracture or rib fracture. If you have no history of trauma, then muscle spasm is more likely. If short of breath, this could be pulmonary embolus. You should be examined by a doctor. ...Read more

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I have mid back pain leveled to my rib cage, my abdominal muscles feel like they're contracting and is difficult to take a deep breath?

??: Hard to say / could be a problem with the spine at the thoracolumbar junction (where the ribs smeet the low back) or even possibly pneumonia

it should be checked out by a doctor promptly. ...Read more

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Severe muscle pain in my mid back on both sides. When I went flat on my back the tightness from both of my spine into ribs expelling air from lungs.?

Severe muscle pain in my mid back on both sides. When I went flat on my back the tightness from both of my spine into ribs expelling air from lungs.?

Muscle spasm: Perhaps the large muscles of the back went into spasm. Since they are painful it may have caused you to exhale harder than usual. See a doctor for exam and treatment. Pain is not necessary to endure. ...Read more

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Does sharp pain in my mid back and shoulders mean cardiac problems? The muscles hurt my back when I lift my arms. Neg cardiac test 1 yr ago. Anxiety?

Does sharp pain in my mid back and shoulders mean cardiac problems? The muscles hurt my back when I lift my arms. Neg cardiac test 1 yr ago. Anxiety?

No: Heart pain never hurts just the back and shoulders- it may radiate to the back when it starts in the chest and becomes severe. The observation that lifting your arms provokes it is a good indication that the pain is muscular (not nerves). Rest, heat, and analgesics (like ibuprofen) will most likely help. Avoid heavy lifting and try to maintain good posture (i.e. avoid spells of leaning forward) ...Read more

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What are the possible reason for a mid back muscle pain at left side? Not the backbone. It hurts when sitting on a chair and hand lifting.

Varies: There are a number of potential causes of back pain on one side rather than in the midline, these can include a facet joint, sacroiliac joint, or disc herniation problem; or potentially a back problem that has caused a unilateral spasm. Don't hesitate to be seen. A detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually determine the cause. ...Read more

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On & off headache &nausea for a week. Lower&mid back & neck pain. History of migraines. What could this be stress/muscle? Pink spotting after period?

On & off headache &nausea for a week. Lower&mid back & neck pain. History of migraines. What could this be stress/muscle? Pink spotting after period?

Possibly: You are having a constellation of symptoms that are causing you suffering, these may or may not be related to your hormones. Sometimes a condition like endometriosis can be associated with all of these. See a gynecologist, or possibly a neurologist for evaluation and treatment. Or start with your primary care. While the symptoms could be related, they might also be separate. See md for eval. ...Read more

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Chronic mid back pain for 3 years. My doctor said muscle spasms and I went to a chiropractor and spine doctor all with no help.?

Chronic mid back pain for 3 years. My doctor said muscle spasms and I went to a chiropractor and spine doctor all with no help.?

Correct diagnosis: Adolescents do not have ddd. They may have MRI findings of this, but generally speaking, ddd is extremely unusual in this age group. I would be more suspicious of scheuermann's disease (may be present without spinal deformity, but MRI findings will show multiple "degenerative" discs, spinal stenosis, herniated discs, etc.). I would invest some time and find a doc that will pursue the right dx. ...Read more

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Persistent 1.4x1.5cm lymphnode in armpit. Mild Muscle soreness in upper arms & mid back near rib area. Seems to come & go. I'm 18 lymphoma?

Persistent 1.4x1.5cm lymphnode in armpit. Mild Muscle soreness in upper arms & mid back near rib area. Seems to come & go. I'm 18 lymphoma?

Other causes, too: Have you played with a kitten and been scratched lately? Could be something else like Cat Scratch Fever. Please see your primary care physician for exam and evaluation. You may need a biopsy of the lymph node. If you had lymphoma, having a lymph node easy to biopsy is fortunate. ...Read more

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Been having vaginal bleeding, uncontrolled muscle twitching, twitching of the left eye, and "lighting bolt" pain in left side of my mid back, ideas?

Been having vaginal bleeding, uncontrolled muscle twitching, twitching of the left eye, and "lighting bolt" pain in left side of my mid back, ideas?

Vaginal bleeding...: ...probably is the most important of your symptoms. I doubt the others have anything to do with it. Any abnormal vaginal bleeding needs professional evaluation. There are too many possibilities and you don't provide enough information to guess at the cause: hormonal, pregnancy, infection (e.g. STDs), and others. Get it checked out and also ask the doctor abour your other symptoms. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have very sore to the touch neck muscles meets at my brain down to my spine mid back along with sinus pressure in my timples, forehead, what is this?

I have very sore to the touch neck muscles meets at my brain down to my spine mid back along with sinus pressure in my timples, forehead, what is this?

Hard to say: There area many possibilities and you may want to be checked. When the para spinal muscled of the neck go into spasm, they can cause similar sympts and can have a very benign course. But sympts like what you are describing can also be associated with viral and bacterial infections. Consider being seen. ...Read more

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Lower back pain on spine, mid back muscle tightness, tingling in back of both legs from mid buttocks to knees about 50x/day. Xray normal. 8 months now?

Lower back pain on spine, mid back muscle tightness, tingling in back of both legs from mid buttocks to knees about 50x/day. Xray normal. 8 months now?

Back pain: Plain film XRays are not enough to determine persistent Los back pain. You need and MRI. Talk with your doctor it sounds like a disc problem. But would need to know your full medical history ...Read more

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Is it ok to walk with mid to low back pulled muscle spasm pain. The week out. How long to last. Any advise. On exercising?

Is it ok to walk with mid to low back pulled muscle spasm pain. The week out. How long to last. Any advise. On exercising?

Backs are tricky: Because the back muscles play a major part in your daily activities they can frequently case pain when injured and be easily reinjured. Try heat, stretching and ibuprofen or aleve for pain. Moderate walking is probably better than remaining immobile. If not improving or worse see a physical therapist to see if they can get you back into shape ...Read more

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Woke up 2 days ago with pulled muscle in my mid/upper back. Pain at times shoots through my chest and takes my breath away. Is this normal?

Not normal: To have chest pain. It could be a serious condition such as angina, aortic dissection, or pulmonary embolism. You should be seen by a doctor for specific diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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36 yr old male non-smoker, experiencing occasional feeling like pulled muscle in mid/upper left chest. No other symptoms. Safe to wait it out a bit?

36 yr old male non-smoker, experiencing occasional feeling like pulled muscle in mid/upper left chest. No other symptoms. Safe to wait it out a bit?

See a doctor: Diagnosis of chest discomfort ca be a challenge, and it's best to err on the side of safety. Suggest you see your doctor for an examination and appropriate tests. ...Read more

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Having mid/lower back pain. Now the pain after a week its starting to move into hip/buttocks after a car wreak. Thoughts besides muscle strain?

Having mid/lower back pain. Now the pain after a week its starting to move into hip/buttocks after a car wreak. Thoughts besides muscle strain?

Back pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. ..

The treatment depends on the cause of the pain.

If your pain persists, you should seek help from a health care provider. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have severe pain in my mid back which feels like a pulling sensation like my vertebrae's are being pulled apart no matter what I'm doing. What is?

Back Pain: The answer to that would require an examination and possibly some imaging. You really should see a doctor about this. Before your appointment you should ask about your family medical history. (ankylosing spondilitis is one thing you should ask your family about). ...Read more

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Hi I have pulled my mid back left. Can I take ibroprofen with paracetomol? I go on holiday friday. Will it be better by then?

Hi I have pulled my mid back left. Can I take ibroprofen with paracetomol? I go on holiday friday. Will it be better by then?

Short-term: Yes, you can take those two meds together. Between now and your vacation, avoid heavy lifting and strain, though stay active. Get plenty of sleep. Use heating pad to area. And, hopefully, your holiday will be a good one. ...Read more

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Have a pain in my right side, mid ribcage. Feels like a muscle strain or bruised rib but feels swollen. Hurts when sleep on side or take deep breath.

Have a pain in my right side, mid ribcage. Feels like a muscle strain or bruised rib but feels swollen. Hurts when sleep on side or take deep breath.

Pleurisy?: This is an area of inflammation in the lining around the lung. Usually doesn't last more than several minutes. If persistent, sounds like it would be reasonable to see your primary care doctor for a proper evaluation. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Muscle Strain (Definition)

Muscle strain, also called a pulled muscle, is a condition where a muscle or its tendon is overstretched and torn leading to pain, decreased range ...Read more