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Sharp pains and muscle tightness in middle back area, it's been lasting a couple days now. F, 21 yrs., 118 lbs?

Sharp pains and muscle tightness in middle back area, it's been lasting a couple days now. F, 21 yrs., 118 lbs?

Tension: Much of backpain is tension and poor posture. The area is easily overused and inflammation is the common pathway of the problem. ...Read more

Tightness (Definition)

Tightness can mean different states at distinctive times. The most common is the complaint of tightness of chest, a feeling of discomfort, real or perceived, seen often in patients with asthma or panic disorder, or heart attack. Your physician ...Read more


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What could cause tightness/pain in central left back (area appears to be swollen too) — it has lasted almost a week.?

Muscle Strain: A muscle strain may lead 2 pain and swelling. A specific cause is scapulothoracic dysfunction. It could also be a benign fat tumor called lipoma. More likely if this had not come to your attention until you bumped or hit it. Could also be a cyst that has become infected or inflamed under the skin. My best bet is a muscle strain. If it is red-hot or swollen, it could be a infection. ...Read more

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Had tightness/heaviness in upper back near the neck area. Seems to be better with positional changes. Recently spend alot of time in front of computer.

Had tightness/heaviness in upper back near the neck area. Seems to be better with positional changes. Recently spend alot of time in front of computer.

Yes: This complaint is very common after heavy computer use. For now, use Ben Gay on the neck and shoulders twice a day for 3 days. To prevent, get a kitchen timer and set it to ring every 10 minutes when you are at the computer, At that time, do neck rotation exercises for 30 seconds. Make your keyboard height is proper for you and the screen height is proper for your eyes. ...Read more

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What causes a pressure in the back at middle of the spine it dosent really hurt it just feels like the skin is tight in that area and should I worry?

What causes a pressure in the back at middle of the spine it dosent really hurt it just feels like the skin is tight in that area and should I worry?

Back pain: You may experience a muscle spasm or stiffness. This condition can be alleviated with resting and avoidance strenuous physical activities and heavy lifting. Over-the-counter topical pain ointment can be useful to alleviate the muscle spasm. If the pain is progressively getting worse with pain radiation to the lower extremity, MRI is warranted to further evaluate the cause of pain. ...Read more

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I feel my head is really tight. Like i have something very tight wrapped around my head. It starts from my forehead area & goes to the back of my head?

I feel my head is really tight. Like i have something very tight wrapped around my head. It starts from my forehead area & goes to the back of my head?

Headache : Sounds like a typical muscle tension headache. These usually respond to anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen or naproxen. If it gets progressively worse despite treatment, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Hi sir, gd mrng I pulled my trapizius during shoulder workout 1 month nd 1 week before still i m feeling some tightness in uper back when I rotate neck, nd also I feel a burning type sensation and small pullness in upper back nd neck area, i go to orthopadic

Hi sir, gd mrng I pulled my trapizius during shoulder workout 1 month nd 1 week before still i m feeling some tightness in uper back when I rotate neck, nd also I feel a burning type sensation and small pullness in upper back nd neck area, i go to orthopadic

Trapezius spasm: VSanders, mild pain and superficial tears of the delicate muscle group called rotator cuff (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor), is very easily done in a gym /weigh lifting scenario. Deep tissue muscle massage to rhomboids (upper neck area) and also to trapezius, in lower infra-scapula area. Deep tissue massage breaks down muscle spasm and will relieve pain. Motrin for pain! ...Read more

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I have been having stabbing, burning, tight pains around shoulder blade area. What could this possibly be.

Need more informatio: Tall thin men with stabbing pain makes me worry about spontaneous pneumothorax. Older men and women I worry about the aorta. In the elderly if the pain is burning then it could be shingles. In a young woman it could be muscle spasms after hard exercise. If it is really bothersome you'll need to see a doctor. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Once a month or so the back of my right-hand feels tight and stiff. It's always in the centre area too. What could cause this?

Once a month or so the back of my right-hand feels tight and stiff. It's always in the centre area too. What could cause this?

Many possibilities: There are many possibilities, and a detailed history and exam may be needed to figure this out. If you are right-handed and use a mouse with a computer, it is possible you have pain from repetitive stress. ...Read more

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I have tightness and pain on the back of my legs in the thighs. Pain on left side back of thigh and tightness in back of other areas of both thighs.

I have tightness and pain on the back of my legs in the thighs. Pain on left side back of thigh and tightness in back of other areas of both thighs.

Common complaint: What is your usual level of activity?

Have you done any extra-ordinary exercise? Walking up stairs? Heavy lifting? All of these things can cause 'tightness.' Usually just muscular in nature.

Of course if you're having other complaints like foot weakness, instability of your gait, difficulty/losing control of urinebowel ; you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Tight upper back and neck muscles, what kind of health problems can this cause? Also, is there a specific exercise to release the tension in the areas mentioned?

Tight upper back and neck muscles, what kind of health problems can this cause? Also, is there a specific exercise to release the tension in the areas mentioned?

Massage: Try seeing a massage therapist. They would be able to help decrease the tightness and pain through manual therapy and possibly evaluate the cause of your discomfort. Best of luck! ...Read more

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HI, I've been feeling my lungs a bit tight like if it was hard to breath sometimes. And get pains in my chest and back areas. I have no idea what's wro?

HI, I've been feeling my lungs a bit tight like if it was hard to breath sometimes. And get pains in my chest and back areas. I have no idea what's wro?

Most likely asthma: This warrants a good exam and overall check up. But based on what would commonly be the cause, asthma or asthma inducing conditions are at the top of my list. ...Read more

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Can prolonged sitting/ desk work cause muscle tightness on the low back/pelvic area?

Can prolonged sitting/ desk work cause muscle tightness on the low back/pelvic area?

My aching Back.: Many people suffer from the same symptoms after sitting in the same position for prolonged periods of time. Strengthening the core muscles will help along with altering the seat/desk height ratio. ...Read more

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Having mild bronchitis, breathing difficulty, pain on both sides (front and back) rib cage level. Now tightness around diaphragm area.

Having mild bronchitis, breathing difficulty, pain on both sides (front and back) rib cage level. Now tightness around diaphragm area.

Breathing difficulty: You should go to the emergency department since you are having breathing problems. The tightness could be muscles because of your breathing or something else ...Read more

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Lying on back bringing bent knee 2chest causes a big popping sensation every time in area where leg meets body.and hips feel very tight. Why?

Lying on back bringing bent knee 2chest causes a big popping sensation every time in area where leg meets body.and hips feel very tight. Why?

Loose ligaments: Twenties female who experiences popping sensation with hip flexion experiences subluxation of sacroiliac joint (SIJ). This might be common in someone who has chronic SIJ ligament injury and laxity, or in someone with Joint Hypermobility Syndrome, in which case the Brighton Criteria might be referenced. ...Read more

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Hello i have pain in breast area and side of left breast swollen. Back pain as well. I have been wearing tight bras but still doesn't explain back pain?

Hello i have pain in breast area and side of left breast swollen. Back pain as well. I have been wearing tight bras but still doesn't explain back pain?

See your doctor: Pain in your breasts may be due to several reasons: hormonal disbalances, fibrocystic changes, large size (which may cause back pain), not well fit bra (maybe your case), masses, etc. The only way to sort through possible conditions is to get evaluation by your doctor who may also advise you to perform other studies (X-ray, sonogram). Please don't delay the exam hoping that pain would go away. ...Read more

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Can COPD cause burning, tingling sensations in the upper back lung area? It feels like my upper back and chest is tight and heavy feeling.

Can COPD cause burning, tingling sensations in the upper back lung area? It feels like my upper back and chest is tight and heavy feeling.

Not usually: COPD usually causes shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing, and coughing. The sort of symptoms you are describing may be something more significant. I would get checked out by your doctor. He or she can listen to your lungs and maybe get blood tests or a chest xray. ...Read more

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Hi, i've been having cramps on the back of my calf for almost a week now, bruises are showing up on the area and below the ankle. leg feels tight?

Hi,  i've been having cramps on the back of my calf for almost a week now,  bruises are showing up on the area and below the ankle. leg feels tight?

Bruised lef: The leg must be examined by a doctor.Depending on the clinical findings a Doppler of the leg might be indicated. It is recommended that you consult with your GP ...Read more

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Right abdomen pain and right back pain at times what symptoms would you have with pancreatic cancer? If pain was in this area? Feels tight all around

Right abdomen pain and right back pain at times what symptoms would you have with pancreatic cancer? If pain was in this area? Feels tight all around

Unlikely: Pancreatic Cancer is rare under the age of 40, so I seriously doubt that you have this diagnosis.
If your symptoms do not settle down with antacids like Zantac (ranitidine) daily, then you should have a physician examine you and may also do a CT Scan of the abdomen which is the best way to check for any hidden tumor/growth or Cancer. ...Read more

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My right back calf muscle feels tight and sore and numbness tingling in foot and ankle area?

My right back calf muscle feels tight and sore and numbness tingling in foot and ankle area?

Serious: Sounds like you have a compartment syndrome. This means swelling in your lower leg compressing the nerves thus contributing to the numbness. This could be so serious as to be thrombophlebitis. This is a very serious condition. Can lead to blood clots. See someone immediately. ...Read more

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Pain in penis/pubic area. Slight burning in anus. Pain when ejaculate/urinate. Tightness in lower back/upper thighs. 21, active. Prostate cancer?

Pain in penis/pubic area. Slight burning in anus. Pain when ejaculate/urinate. Tightness in lower back/upper thighs. 21, active. Prostate cancer?

Young: Unlikely to be prostate cancer at your age, higher likelihood is prostatitis or urethritis. Recommend you make appt to be evaluated in person and have appropriate tests for potential infections performed. ...Read more

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28, Shooting, cramping & squeezing pains in chest, ribs, and breastbone (in both sides) that last a few seconds to a few mins. Same pain by armpits. Area is very tender and back/neck muscles fee sore & tight. EKG, X-ray, stress test ok. Cardiac?

Shooting pains: Sharp, shooting, fleeting pains in the chest, often aggravated by a deep breath, are frequently due to pinching of intercostal nerves or muscles which run between ribs. Are you performing any exercises or activities which put strain on the rib cage? Are you experiencing cramps in other areas of the body? If so get checked for deficiencies of calcium, magnesium and potassium. Discuss with your MD ...Read more

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On the right side in the middle of my back feels tight (tense). I don't feel any organs when I massage it. What's wrong?

On the right side in the middle of my back feels tight (tense). I don't feel any organs when I massage it. What's wrong?

Many possiblities: Seek care. The possible diagnoses are too many to list and cannot be diagnosed here. Why suffer? ...Read more

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I have back tightness. What can I do?

I have back tightness.  What can I do?

Tightness: I would suggest trying some local heat and that I'm in and anti-inflammatory may help in the form of Advil or Aleve (naproxen) ...Read more