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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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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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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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Severe/moderate dull upper back pain that never goes away, gets worse at night, and it always cracks whenever i move or breathe..(im 16) what is it?

Severe/moderate dull upper back pain that never goes away, gets worse at night, and it always cracks whenever i move or breathe..(im 16) what is it?

DO YOU SMOKE: The first question do you smoke if you do most likely it is related to smoking second question are you coughing and is your cough dry or productive the cough could be the result of smoking most smokers have morning cough that they keep coughing until either brake a rib talking about ribs have you have any accident recently or a fight that cause direct trauma to your ribs that is very painful. ...Read more

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Really painful right upper back pain. When I breath it hurts and any movement causes more pain, can't lay down without feeling the pain in my back. ?

Really painful right upper back pain. When I breath it hurts and any movement causes more pain, can't lay down without feeling the pain in my back. ?

ER: Either referred pain from gallbladder or pleuritic pain from your lungs. Possibly a pulled muscle; however this need immediate attention. ...Read more

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Sudden upper back pain and hurts when I breathe in?

Sudden upper back pain and hurts when I breathe in?

Doctor can evaluate: Several possible reasons in a young adult, but one's doctor may want to check for a collapsed lung (pneumothorax, due to air leaking from inside the lung through it's lining, out into the space between the lung and the ribs). The site of the leak has some damage, which may heal itself. The leaked air stays inside the rib cage and takes up space, preventing the lung from fully inflating. ...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