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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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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

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I have sharp upper back pain, that radiates all the way through my chest randomly throughout the day. I am only 22 years old, what could cause this?

I have sharp upper back pain, that radiates all the way through my chest randomly throughout the day. I am only 22 years old, what could cause this?

Chest pain: May be pleuritis, given your age and asthma issues. May be costochondritis, a very common problem also in your age group. Less common, but more ominous is cardiac pain--get that one checked asap. ...Read more

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What causes sharp upper back pain when taking a deep breath?

What causes sharp upper back pain when taking a deep breath?

Several things: It could be from a cracked rib or inflamed rib joint. A blood clot caught in the lungs can do this. Irritation of the lung lining can do it too. If you are having trouble catching your breath, call your doctor or go to an urgent care or emergency room. ...Read more

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I caught a breath taking sharp upper back pain in my left side that shot to my abd in the same spot can it be a spasm? On hurts on deep breath

I caught a breath taking sharp upper back pain in my left side that shot to my abd in the same spot can it be a spasm? On hurts on deep breath

It could be: The doctors who ordered your test would have the best idea, since the considered most of the options. Would obviously also consider things in your upper belly on the left side, since your diaphragm, a dome shaped muscle under your lung, flattens during a deep breath, and pushes on the contents of your upper abdomen. ...Read more

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My daughter woke up Today with sharp upper back pain and shoulder pain. It hurts whenever she is bending down or coughing. What Can it be?

My daughter woke up Today with sharp upper back pain and shoulder pain. It hurts whenever she is bending down or coughing. What Can it be?

Rib/vertebral dysf: Sounds like rib or vertebral dysfunction.Must rule out lung or other serious problem, but key may be pain w/bending.Ribs/vertebrae can get 'locked' for seemingly no reason-even during sleep & hurt w/coughing or certain movements.A good history & physical incl hands-on osteopathic exam may be the best way to find the cause.Osteopathic manipulation can free them & relieve the pain. ...Read more

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I get upper back pain between my shoulders. it feels sharp. i get it when i workout and when i have to carry something for awhile. what could it be?

I get upper back pain between my shoulders. it feels sharp.  i get it when i workout and when i have to carry something for awhile. what could it be?

Upper back pain: This very well could be muscular and a sign of either muscle strain or spasm or even a pinched nerved. It would be important to know how long this has been occurring, is it getting worse and have you tried any over the counter meds like Ibuprofen or Naprosyn (naproxen) ...Read more

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I can't sleep having sharp chest and upper back pain?

Chest, back pain: Please make an appointment to see a medical doctor to discuss your chest and upper back pain and insomnia. A good history and physical exam can help rule out anything serious such as cardiac disease and the doctor can advise as to pain treatment. Often young women suffer from breast cyst pain and muscle/skeletal strain syndromes. ...Read more

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I have middle and upper back pain with sharp chest pains. What caused this and how do I treat it?

Chest pains: Pain in your chest is a serious medical condition. It is always a red flag and appointment with your pcp is warranted. Rec.: see your pcp for further investigation. Take care. ...Read more

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What can cause sharp intense upper back pain radiating down left arm?

See below: 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

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