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Awakened at night with sharp stabbing pain left upper back. What could it be?

Awakened at night with sharp stabbing pain left upper back. What could it be?

Sharp left upper bac: Many potential causes: rule out cervical or thoracic disc herniation vs acute muscle strain of paraspinal muscles vs facet joint sprain vs referred pain from other area especially abdomen/diaphram which also refers pain into upper back. If this persist, you need an md to fully evaluate. Try rest, antiinflam meds, localized heat, massage and if not better evaluate by md and ? Mri vs injections. ...Read more

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I have sharp stabbing pain middle upper back & shoulder no sob cause?Have htn, 3/10 chest X-ray for angina found l/s mild atelectasis , fell on butt 2x

I have sharp stabbing pain  middle upper back & shoulder no sob cause?Have htn, 3/10 chest X-ray for angina found l/s mild atelectasis , fell on butt 2x

Chest pain: Chest pain in a 17 year old unlikely anything but skeletal despite risk factor of hypertension mild stele tasks due to not taking a deep breath use otc for pain relief. ...Read more

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Sharp stabbing pain in upper left back near the shoulder when yawning and with sudden big movement.Last for a few sec.Also, aching in the upper back.

Sharp stabbing pain in upper left back near the shoulder when yawning and with sudden big movement.Last for a few sec.Also, aching in the upper back.

Muscle, Nerve other: Maybe local, since it's on the back of the chest you also have to think about the lung. This is something your physician is to clarify, it may be nerve , maybe pulled muscle maybe pulled tendon ...Read more

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I have a sharp stabbing pain in my upper back for several weeks now. comes &goes even at times when I have been resting or sleeping. Am I oK to fly?

Have evaluated: I would recommend you have this medically evaluated in person before travelling. It might be nothing, but it might be something serious. There is no way to determine which via an electronic consultation. ...Read more

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22/f. sharp stabbing pain in chest and upper back mostly on both sides of shoulders. This happens frequently.

Check posture when: sitting, typing on computer, using your iPhone or Android, (methyltestosterone) or driving, riding the bus. All these things affect bilateral shoulder pain, b/c it forces us to hunch, which isn't healthy for our backs or bodies. If you have good posture, then maybe it's a pinched nerve, or the way you carry your backpack, or purse. May be too heavy. Shouldn't be more than 10 pounds max. Also, wearing too high heels. ...Read more

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random mild stabbing sharp pain in upper back and lower back that last seconds to 2 minutes, when lying down or sitting. What could it be ?

random mild stabbing sharp pain in upper back and lower back that last seconds to 2 minutes, when lying down or sitting.  What could it be ?

Stabbing pain: Sounds like you have a muscle spasm. Did you pull it or have trauma, to much excessive or heavy lifting around the house. Take some ibuprofen and use bengay and relax your back. If further pain see a doctor to get checked. ...Read more

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46y.o. female upper back pain when food enters stomach. sharp/stabbing/severe. happens 97% of time. started 30 hours ago. what do u think it is?

46y.o. female upper back pain when food enters stomach.  sharp/stabbing/severe. happens 97% of time. started 30 hours ago. what do u think it is?

Gallstone/pancreas: The most likely explanation is pancreatic problems or gallstones, but there are other possibilities like gastritis, duodenal ulcer, GERD or even esophagitis. If pt takes a lot of ibuprofen it could be NSAID gastritis. If fever or vomiting go to ER otherwise call your doctor to be seen as soon as possible, e.g tomorrow AM. If there is a fam history of aneurysm the aorta should be checked. GI virus? ...Read more

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Pin point sharp stabbing pain In various areas of chest beside breasts above breasts, upper back and neck. X-ray on chest 1yr ago fine. Any ideas?

"Pins and needles"?: Some synthetic fibers may cause "skin deep" stabbing sensations ("pins and needles"?) Also, look for other possible skin irritants – a specific soap, cosmetics, household sprays, domestic pets. Does your husband have a beard (seriously), or use any skin care products that you may be allergic to? ...Read more

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What causes sharp stabbing pain directly between breasts. Doc says heart is ok. Some pain in middle and upper back. Muscular? Anxiety?

Could be: musculoskeletal. Which could involve joints between vertebrae in the thoracic spine under stress from segmental misalignment, could be rib pain, pain from the joint between rib and cartilage or cartilage and sternum or could be muscular. Need a good physical exam. ...Read more

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What can cause a stabbing upper back pain?

What can cause a stabbing upper back pain?

Several things: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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I had stabbing upper back pain on the left side then it resulted into sternum pain? what could it be?

I had stabbing upper back pain on the left side then it resulted into sternum pain? what could it be?

A variety of causes : there can be a lot of medical reasons for your discomfort. It can come from problems in your chest, your heart or even in the abdomen. This is something you need to have evaluated by a physician. The fact is the pain started in the back comes around to the front could suggest certain diagnoses. I think of the as pleurisy or other issues, I think of the heart such as pericarditis, and I I think of the long, such as pleurisy or other issues, I think of the heart such as pericarditis, and I think of the abdomen such as the gallbladder but there could be other reasons besides the ...Read more

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Stabbing pain in upper back left side.cant take full breath.it started after riding bicycle for 10 mins.the pain exists for an hour right now.20 yrs. ?

Stabbing pain in upper back left side.cant take full breath.it started after riding bicycle for 10 mins.the pain exists for an hour right now.20 yrs. ?

Torn tendon likely: While pain like yours can often come with a racked or broken rib, your description sounds like you injured or tore a tendon that connects an intercostal muscle to a rib. If it is severe, see your physician in the next day. In general, you will have to take a pain medicine and stay off of the bicycle until it subsides. ...Read more

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Bad pain In upper back. It's pinching/stabbing pain and it hurts most when sitting down?

Bad pain In upper back. It's pinching/stabbing pain and it hurts most when sitting down?

Back pain: Do you have scoliosis ( s curve) of spine? Injury? Sound like musculoskeletal or disc related though you are young for disc (unless you do gymnastics or back pain from any vigorous sport ). Try motrin if not allergic, warm compresses kinesiotape on area PT,cushion on seat and follow up with doc , May need MRI Go to ER if numbness, weakness, difficulty with urination ...Read more

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I have had a pain going from upper back into head for 3 weeks then constipation now can't lie down because of severe stabbing pain in upper. Help?

Two problems: 1. Constipation, see your pcp, with the proper diet and otc medicine problem will be solved. 2. Cervical spine inflammatory pain syndrome, caused by: muscle, ligament, joint, nerve. Rec.: see interventional pain management specialist for a differential diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I get a medium kind of stabbing pain in my right side of my upper back when i sneeze or cough... Worse when i sneeze.

Pleurisy: You might have pleurisy which is inflammation of the lining of the lung. It might occur from underlying infection from either virus or bacterial. Strained muscle could cause same pain. See doctor if persistent. ...Read more

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For over a year I've had pain in my right upper back in the shoulder blade area. It feels like a stabbing pain. Pain in back around to front chest?

Shoulder pain: For a 48 year old woman your pain in your sholder blade may be referred pain from gall bladder disease. Check with your doctor for x- rays of your gall bladder ...Read more

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I have what feels like a lump of bone in my upper back right next to my spine on the left side that causes severe stabbing pain. ?

Hard mass with pain: Please see your primary care physician for exam and imaging if indicated. Severe pain is not to be ignored. I am sure you have been worried about things like cancer. Best not to put off the exam so you can relieve anxiety and get help. If the pain is unbearable, urgent care or ER for treatment. ...Read more

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Earlier today i had a very painful needle stabbing pain everywhere in my upper body except my arms. Lower back, chest, upper back. It was very painful?

Pain everywhere: There are many, many possibilities. Be sure you are living a healthy lifestyle and not taking and drugs or foreign substances. You should call your doctor for a checkup. ...Read more

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Sharp upper back pain on the left side when breathing deeply started after cycling It took more than 15 minutes until the pain disappeared...?

Sharp upper back pain on the left side when breathing deeply started after cycling It took more than 15 minutes until the pain disappeared...?

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