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Upper Back Pain Above 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
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
Is upper back pain, seeming to come from under the shoulder blade, actually shoulder (not back) pain?
I can be....: This type of pain can be caused by either a back or shoulder problem or both. Commonly caused by tendonitis of the shoulder that causes increased friction between the shoulder blade where it rubs against the spine and ribs, . ...Read more
Nerve root irritatio: If you have superficial muscle spasms, you can be helped usually by massage. Massage that is helpful is usually enjoyable. If the massage causes you pain and is unpleasant, the massage is teasing the deep muscle spasms to go more into spasm instead of releasing it.Please make sure that you are not over exercising or lifting heavy things. You will need to be evaluated by your family doctor and a. ...Read more
Very common: Very common to have pain in that area, especially during the computer age. Always ask for a chest x-ray just to be safe, but muscles and daily living are probably the issue. ...Read more
Stretch + injection: This is something i see commonly. It can be caused by several conditions, but usually responds to a simple stretching and exercise program and nsaids like Motrin taken regularly for a couple weeks. If it persists, cortisone injection in the area of pain can be very helpful. This condition almost always resolved, but can take a frustratingly long time to do so! ...Read more
Anti-inflammatory: Upper back pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. It is common for this type of pain to refer to the head as well as shoulder blade. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more
Shoulder & upper back pain on left side & around shoulder blade that radiates to the left side of head with unbalance feeling but goes when I lie down?
Spine nerve irritate: If you have superficial muscle spasms, you can be helped usually by massage. Massage that is helpful is usually enjoyable. If the massage causes you pain and is unpleasant, the massage is teasing the deep muscle spasms to go more into spasm instead of releasing it.Please make sure that you are not over exercising or lifting heavy things. You will need to be evaluated by your family doctor and a. ...Read more
What can cause the upper back pain between the shoulder blade,one side of your rib and chest to swell and with needle like pain?
Nerve impingement: Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain, dizziness and nausea. Prevention treatment is always recommended. This condition must be professionally managed. See interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. It is the same as a pinched nerve. ...Read more
I quit smoking 2 weeks ago after 30 yrs. No coughing (!) and a little cranky. But upper back pain (not sharp) behind my shoulder blade. Is this normal?
Congratulations: So glad to hear that you are smoke free! the back pain is not likely related, especially since you are not coughing. Please get checked by a doc. Don't let it become a conscious or unconscious way to slip back into your old habit. You are getting better with each passing day. Peace and good health! ...Read more
What'd cause left upper back pain concentrated at one spot but moves around the left upper back area. Its more below & side of the left shoulder blade? Could this be related to similar luq pain ?
Nephrolithiasis: The kidneys are retroperitoneal and located in the area mentioned. Have you done a urinalysis lately? ...Read more
Having upper back pain left side shoulder back shoulder blade and mid back pain is 2-10 to 4-10 somtimes pain is constant.
Upper back pain: Pain in that region, if it's not from a recent strain or injury, is often due to nerve impingement from a bulging intervertebral disc or an arthritic spur pressing on a nerve root exiting from a vertebra. If shingles is the cause, a rash appears after several days. If symptoms persist, consult your physician or a neurologist. Appropriate imaging studies,xray or mri, will be ordered. ...Read more
Costochondritis: Costochondritis is inflammation of cartilage between the ribs and is associated with a viral illness, smoking, and other causes such as trauma to the area, physical activity straining the rib cage, arthritis and other causes. Try ice on area, ibruprofen/tylenol to relieve pain, avoid activity that makes it hurt. Chk with doctor for source of pain. Chest xray/physical therapy may help. ...Read more
I have right upper back pain between my shoulder blade and spine, it feels like bruising, it hurts a lot. Why?
See doctor: Commonly, upper back/shoulder blade pain can be from the neck or bursitis around the blade. Shoulder pain could be from the shoulder or referred. Common referred sources include: abdomen, heart and neck. Shoulder sources include: arthritis, labral tears, instability, tendinitis, rotator cuff tears, bursitis, painful bony spurs etc. Ribcage pain can be from rib joints. See orthopedics. ...Read more
I have a lipoma in my back near to my shoulder blade, I have some neck and upper back pain, could this lump be causing this? Thanks.
Unlikely: Lipomas are just below the skin surface in most cases. It is unlikely that they would cause these symptoms. ...Read more
Upper back pain between shoulder blade and spine, hurts when breathing in deeply. Slight mucus producing cough, what could it be?
Pleurisy: Sometimes if there's inflammation in the lungs due to infection il it might involve the outer lining of the lung which is called the pleura. If The pleura becomes irritated then you could have "pleurisy" which can cause pain in the chest when you take a deep breath. If you have a fever and the symptoms persist you should have this checked out by your physician ...Read more
Upper back pain in the same spot present for one year. On right under shoulder blade. Not present at rest only with activity. Ct six months ago clear.
This could be the : Result of a chronic muscle injury or referred pain from neck. It is something structural meaning muscle or skeletal as it occurs with activity & better with rest. It may be a local muscle that was injured & is now shortened due to prior injury or a cervical (neck) spine structure referring pain to this region or even a shoulder issue including a nerve entrapment in the shoulder. See orthopedist. ...Read more
I've been waking up with upper back pain mostly between left shoulder blade and spine. Hurts when i breath and can feel it in my left lung/ chest.?
Thoracic Spine: Thoracic spine areas will allow nerves to exit out of the spine and wrap around into the chest wall and abdomen. So herniated discs there can cause pain into these areas as well. I would consider seeing a pain specialist for treatment options like epidural steroid injection or even facet joint treatments. ...Read more
Support: Oftentimes this is muscular during the day and at night gets agravated by positioning. A help can be a supportive mattress or pillow. ...Read more
Can cervical stenosis cause upper back pain for 2 years? It is deep i'm right shouldr. Not present at rest. Only when when I am sitting at desk job.
8 months upper back pain.. first it would wrap to chest, now just on sholder and down arm when walking. can it be spinal cord or muscle injury.
Having upper back pain between shoulder blades no other symptoms 31 year old female burning feeling?
Trigger points: Pain in the midline of the back or around the shoulder blades is usually muscular. Trigger points, fairly specific areas that when pressed reproduce or trigger the pain, are common and muscular. Levator scapula syndrome is a variant near the top of the shoulder blade. Good posture, avoid looking down at computer screens. Try ice/heat, nsaid's, and salonpas hot patches. ...Read more
Get checked: Lots of things could be going on but when between the shoulder blades i consider cervical problems like a herniated disc. ...Read more
I have upper back pain between the shoulder blades. Seems to be more on the right. What should I do to relieve the pain?
Start some pain meds:
Lie aleve (naproxen) or Ibuprofen (if no allergies or side effects with their use). Using a heat pad would be helpful. Some like to use ice rather heat; even alternating ice with heat is helpful.
If no improvements then certainly see your pcp to be evaluated ; investigated.
Good luck. ...Read more
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