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Doctor insights on: Throbbing Upper Back Pain

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Ok have bad upper back pain?

Ok have bad upper back pain?

PT: Was probably just muscle pain. I would recommend you get into a formal course of physical therapy along with anti-inflammatory medications. This should do the trick. ...Read more

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

Discomfort or pain in the back at the level of the rib cage to the neck. Although upper back pain is not as common as lower 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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How do I soothe upper back pain?

How do I soothe upper back pain?

Cause: Without knowing the cause it is difficult to treat. Use over the counter medications before you reach physician. Do not delay, consider er, if it is acute pain. ...Read more

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What causes upper back pain usually?

Posture!: Most of the people that come to me with this type of pain (pain not from an injury) are doing something repeatedly or for long periods of time where they hold their arms out in front of them. (reading, computing, etc.) they have pain in the rhomboidal muscles, or trapezius. They respond to nsaias and stretching exercises usually, with physical therapy for some. Correcting the posture can help. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of my upper back pain?

What could be the cause of my upper back pain?

Many Possibilities: Given that this has been going on for so long, I would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Upper back pain on both sides. What could it be?

Upper back pain on both sides. What could it be?

Upper back pain: Is a very common problem, affecting about 10-12% percent of the adult population in the US leading to nerve problem. Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc or encroached upon by bony overgrowth. Rec.: see an interventional pain management specialist. It is a conservative non-surgical treatment. ...Read more

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Upper back pain undef left shoulder?

Thoracic pain: This is unfortunately a very nonspecific complaint and could represent anything from scapulothoracic pathology to cervical radiculopathy to underlying chest pathology (i.e. Heart, lungs). If the pain has been present for over 6 weeks or is severe and waking you at night or if there are any other concerns then you should see a physician. ...Read more

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How to get rid of my upper back pain?

How to get rid of my upper back pain?

Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, I would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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What could upper back pain (burning) be?

What could upper back pain (burning) be?

Severl possibilities: You are very young for spinal causes of back pain and when doctors hear the word burning they also thing about nerve pain, sciatica and infection for starters. Thus, it would be fantastic for you to see your PCP or even Ob/Gyn or possibly Spine Specialist for an initial evaluation to ensure you are not pregnant or with infection and then to obtain a more complete history and do an exam. Update us. ...Read more

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How do I avoid upper back pain when I run?

Depends: It varies somewhat. You would certainly want to make sure you warm up well before starting, that you stretch, and that you have good cushion in your shoes. Sometimes running on a softer surface such as a track or treadmill may be needed. If this does not help, you may want to be checked to determine the cause of your pain. Thank you. ...Read more

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Is upper back pain normal with acid reflux?

Is upper back pain normal with acid reflux?

No: Reflux usually causes epigastric pain or pain in the solar plexus area of the chest/stomach. ...Read more

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Can shingles cause extreme upper back pain.

Can shingles cause extreme upper back pain.

Nerve Pain BAD Yes: Yes, shingles can affect just about any piece of skin on your body. Our fancy word for these areas = "dermatome". Suffice it to say that these are highways the virus decides to travel down...Usually one sided.....And exquisitely painful. ...Read more

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Mid chest and upper back pain when stretch?

Probable Rib Problem: This description is most often seen in my practice when a patient has a rib that has gotten locked-down in front. Usually, ribs rise with inhalation or with stretching. If something causes them to stop moving upward, pain in both front and back usually occur. Osteopathic hands-on exam can often find the culprit which can then be relieved with manipulation of the rib (or, sometimes vertebra). ...Read more

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What are the treatments for upper back pain?

Depends: It depends in part on the length and severity of the pain as well as the underlying cause. Many simple cases are treated with rest and medications, more involved cases are often treatd with physical therapy or chiropractic. Imaging the spine to aid in the diagnosis is oftened used for potentially more aggressive options. Thank you. ...Read more

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What are ways to get rid of upper back pain?

What are ways to get rid of upper back pain?

Activity: The best way to get rid of upper back pain if it is due to a musculoskeletal cause would be to stay active and participate in stretching and strengthening exercises. ...Read more

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Would cercical steonis cause upper back pain?

YES: Typically caused by the tug of war your paraspinal muscles and other soft tissues trying to maintain the spacing between your vertebrae. ...Read more

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How to treat severe upper back pain left side?

How to treat severe upper back pain left side?

Neck and back pain: The back pain can be caused by many issues such as muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. ..
If you pain is severe, you should seek medical care as soon as possible for appropriate evaluation and treatment ...Read more

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What can cause upper back pain when I breathe?

A few things: Serious problems such as pleurisy are possible. In my practice, most such pain is due to a malfunctioning rib. Ribs should 'go up' in front and 'down' in back with inhalation and do the opposite during exhalation. When one or more ribs 'get stuck, ' pain-from ache to severe sharp in front &/or back can occur. A good history & osteopathic hands-on exam could determine cause. Manipulation may fix it. ...Read more

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Plz help me, upper back pain and shoulder pain?

Not simple: Assuming no direct trauma to the bones or chest wall, can be arthritis, gall bladder disease, or even an odd chest tumor. ...Read more

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Upper back pain and chest pain can be signs of?

Upper back pain and chest pain can be signs of?

Anything: That could be a sign of heart disease, aortic disease, vertebral column arthritis. Degenerative disk disease, pancreatic disease, peptic ulcer disease, biliary tract disease. And many more possibilities. See if you can obtain some further details. ...Read more

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Can upper back pain result from esophageal pain?

Can upper back pain result from esophageal pain?

Yes: It could be a sign of severe irritation of thecesophagus or even a hole in the esophagus
You should seek immediate attention ...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 upper-back pain when I run. How can this be fixed?

I have upper-back pain when I run. How can this be fixed?

Therapy: I would suggest seeing a spine specialist to rule out any more concerning causes and likely starting with a course of physical therapy. You might also want to try more cross training and limit the total amount that you run. ...Read more

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What can I do for upper back pain under my shoulder blade?

What can I do for upper back pain under my shoulder blade?

Many treatments: First have thoracic and possibly cervical mri. Cardiac tests to rule our heart problems. If MRI shows bulging/ herniated disc, thoracic epidural steroid injects, non steroid anti-inflammatory agents, muscle relaxants, low dose anti depression agents, Neurontin (gabapentin) or topa, chiropractic or physical therapy, ultrasound treatments, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, massage therapy, daily stretching, narcotics. ...Read more

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Bad upper back pain when standing for long periods of time?

Bad upper back pain when standing for long periods of time?

Cerv Radiculopathy: Pain here is likely a pinched nerve from arthritic pressure and/or a herniated disc, or tendinitis (levator syndrome). Aggravated by poor posture at a computer. An exam by your doc can help determine if there is significant injury deserving of further studies or treatment. No hurry if not worsening, but, should be seen if not getting better. Nonsurgical usually helps. Try salonpas hot patches. ...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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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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What are good exercises for upper back pain due to bad posture?

What are good exercises for upper back pain due to bad posture?

Back extension exerc: Back extension exercises would be a good place to start. You need an evaluation for a correct diagnosis. Discuss this with your physicians. This may not be due to poor posture. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of upper back pain below shoulder blade?

Several: Muscle spasm is a likely cause. Another possible and more serious cause is irritation of the lining of the chest cavity and lungs. This pain is usually worse with a deep breath. ...Read more

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Chest pain every night and upper back pain what causes it? Thanks

Musculoskeletal?: Is most likely but if symptoms persist would recommend talking to your physician. ...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


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back = dorsalgia = discomfort of any ...Read more