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Am a smoker, getting tar like patches in my sputum for 2 days, upper back pain with painful spots, chest CT normal, can this be cancer?

Am a smoker, getting tar like patches in my sputum for 2 days, upper back pain with painful spots, chest CT normal, can this be cancer?

Back pain: The diagnosis of cancer is typically suspected when there is clear abnormality in laboratory or imaging such as a ct scan. To fully confirm a true diagnosis of cancer, there needs to be a biopsy and review underneath a microscopic to show that there are tumor or cancer cells. There could be many causes of back pain aside from cancer, including coughing, pneumonia, muscle strain, or arthritis. ...Read more

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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 does posture affect upper back pain?

How does posture affect upper back pain?

Good posture good: Muscle support for the back, people how have deformity in there back had more chances to get back pain because the loss of support there back. ...Read more

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Symptoms include upper back pain tightness in chest, please help?

Symptoms include upper back pain tightness in chest, please help?

Rest relax exercise: Rest relax exercise you could search the internet for stretching exercise for low back pain visit to chiropractor could help you find the problem and get relieved over the counter medication like Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen) could help as well. ...Read more

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What tests could be done to diagnose mid/upper back pain, along spine and muscles. Cause headaches and daily severe pain. Feels like a hole in spine.

What tests could be done to diagnose mid/upper back pain, along spine and muscles. Cause headaches and daily severe pain. Feels like a hole in spine.

Get MRI Spine: This pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation (MRI) by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more

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What causes upper back pain usually?

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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How do doctors treat upper back pain?

How do doctors  treat upper back pain?

Various.: Medication, pt, massage, injections. It depends on the exact diagnosis that you have and how much it is affecting your daily activities. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for upper back pain?

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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How do you cure chronic upper back pain from years of poor posture and stress? The stress and anxiety absolutely killed the upper back/shoulder area.

How do you cure chronic upper back pain from years of poor posture and stress? The stress and anxiety absolutely killed the upper back/shoulder area.

Thoracic pain: 27 is awfully young to have chronic pain without a cause. My first inclination would be scheuermann's disease. Not really a disease as much as a genetic tendency for abnormal, painful discs and kyphosis (or a stooped posture). Occasionally disc herniations may also cause axial (back only) pain. Regardless, if problematic and requiring more than some occasional meds, see a spine doc. ...Read more

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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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How to prevent upper back pain when exercising?

How to prevent upper back pain when exercising?

Good body mechanics: You should always consult with your physician if you are experiencing pain with exercise for a long period of time. When possible, get good instruction from a certified personal trainer, physical therapist, or other trusted source about good form while exercising. ...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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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

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What can cause upper back pain?

What can  cause upper back pain?

Many causes: Cardiac causes including valvular or coronary heart disease, angina, throracic or addominl aneuryms, thoracic masses intrathoracic or extra thoracic, bulging/herniated thoracic or cervical discs, muscle spasms , clavicle fractures, referred shoulder or neck problems, pulmonary edema, luminary embolus, vertebral fractures or masses, post surgical scar tissues, beast rumors, arthritis of spine. ...Read more

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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 does an upper back pain mean?

Dr. Brian Le Dr. Le
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What does an upper back pain mean?

Back pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... It is difficult to identify the cause of your pain from the question. Please see a doctor for evaluation. ...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 are the causes of upper back pain?

Muscles, nerves, etc: Problems or stress or disease (including myeloma or cancer) of upper back muscles, discs, facet joints, connective tissue, osteoarthritis, posture are all potential causes upper back pain. ...Read more

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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