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Dr. Praveen Mambalam
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Thoracic (Upper Back) Strain (Definition)

Upper back pain is discomfort or pain in the back at the level of the rib cage to the neck. While upper back pain is not as common as low back pain, the causes are often the same and include muscle strain or irritation (most common), injury to the spine leading to slipped disc or degeneration, or the pinching of a nerve in the back. ...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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I have neck & upper back pain. Went to turn my neck & not only felt the upper back crack but also heard the sound on top of head. Now it's sore. Is that normal?

I have neck & upper back 
pain. Went to turn my neck & not only felt the upper back crack but also heard the sound on top of head. Now it's sore. Is that normal?

No it is not: no it is not . you need to see your doctor for evaluation, and treatment, and stop cracking your neck. proper evaluation will rule out any serious condition in the spine, and open the door for suggestion from the specialist of how to have a nice healthy spine. see a doctor. ...Read more

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Neck/upper back pain when moving chin to chest(but possible. Is this always dangerous or no different than muscle strain mistaken for serious disease?

Neck/upper back pain when moving chin to chest(but possible. Is this always dangerous or no different than muscle strain mistaken for serious disease?

See below: Neck and upper back pain when you move your chin to your chest can be caused by tight muscles in your neck or from a degenerative disc in you neck. The good news is that this will usually improve on it's own. See your physician if symptoms last greater than 2 weeks ...Read more

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Neck/upper back pain, base of skull is tense and a spot on the side hurts if clothing touches it. also some vertigo, but nothing else, any ideas?

Neck/upper back pain, base of skull is tense and a spot on the side hurts if clothing touches it.  also some vertigo, but nothing else, any ideas?

Muscle spasm: Muscle spam can cause the neck pain you describe, even to the point of tenderness that appears to make the overlying skin sensitive to touch and pressure. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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I have a faint rash to my neck/cheek, asthma diagnosis 2 yrs ago requiring freq streriods, migraines, and chronic neck/upper back pain. Could this be lupus?

I have a faint rash to my neck/cheek, asthma diagnosis 2 yrs ago requiring freq streriods, migraines, and chronic neck/upper back pain. Could this be lupus?

Need evaluation: Lupus is an autoimmune disorder where the body "reacts against self" for unknown reasons. Lupus can be difficult to diagnose and requires blood tests. Almost all patients with lupus have joint pain/arthritis and many have chest pain, fatigue, fever, hair loss, mouth sores, sensitivity to sunlight and rash on face. Almost any body organ system can be affected. Asthma is not associated with lupus. ...Read more

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Severe neck and upper back pain. Tips on how to treat this?

Start PCP: Start with your primary care physician. Depending on the history and physical they may refer you for additional diagnostics such as x-rays or an mri. The next step is usually an orthopedic specialist. Conservative care usually involves modalities (heat/ice/ultrasound), gentle physical therapy and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm having neck, shoulder, and upper back pain. What do you suggest?

Many issues: You could have shoulder issues causing pain. You could have neck issues causing shoulder and upper back pain. Difficult to assess on the web. You need to be examined and discuss with your doctor all you symptoms in detail. ...Read more

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What type of dr. Should i see for shoulder, neck and upper back pain .

What type of dr. Should i see for shoulder, neck and upper back pain .

FamilyMD/Chiropacter: You can start with your family doctor who can evaluate you and perhaps recommend xrays and probably physical therapy. A great start would be with a chiropractic evaluation who would also be able to diagnose and treat your condition. ...Read more

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What could cause me to have neck, and sometimes shoulder and upper back pain?

What could cause me to have neck, and sometimes shoulder and upper back pain?

Depends: Neck and back pain has many causes and many implications. Some are minor and some can be life threatening. More information a complete history and physical is recommended by your doctor if you indeed have these symptoms. Good luck ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more