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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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I was diagnosed with an 11 degree S curve in my spine a few yrs ago. I have exercised a lot since then. I've noticed severe mid upper back pain lately.

I was diagnosed with an 11 degree S curve in my spine a few yrs ago. I have exercised a lot since then. I've noticed severe mid upper back pain lately.

Follow up: If you were diagnosed with scoliosis several years ago and are now having worsening pain, youight want to consider a follow up appointment for an exam and repeat X-rays just to make sure your curve had not significantly progressed. Read more

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Can silent reflux/acid reflux cause upper back pain in the spine.

Can silent reflux/acid reflux cause upper back pain in the spine.

Atypically, maybe?: What response in your back pain have you noticed when taking Prilosec or omeprazole (the drugs you have listed in your profile)? Read more

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I've been having a pain in my abdomen, just below my breats, as well as upper back pain in my spine. Almost like how you feel when nervous.?

I've been having a pain in my abdomen, just below my breats, as well as upper back pain in my spine. Almost like how you feel when nervous.?

Unexplained pain,: Especially penetration pain which travels from your upper abdomen to your back is a dangerous symptoms, especially associated with gaseousness, nausea, or vomiting: get seen today! Read more

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If I ve some degenerative changes in my spine and chronic upper back pain can getting married and sex risk to agravatte the back? And should I avoid?

If I ve some degenerative changes in my spine and chronic upper back pain can getting married and sex risk to agravatte the back? And should I avoid?

No: Congratulations on your upcoming marriage. Pain in general has been shown to be better in sexually active and married individuals. Specific acts which cause pain and not pleasure should not be pursued, but changing things should be healthy and bonding for your marriage. If pregnancy is in the picture, make sure your habits allow for medication free management of pain. Best wishes. Read more

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Upper back pain extending down my spine. I have barrett's esophagus from the purging. Could these be related?

Upper back pain extending down my spine. I have barrett's esophagus from the purging. Could these be related?

Yes: Barrett's Esophagus can be accompanied by inflammation or ulceration of the esophagus. Pain can be in chest, upper abdomen & back. Also, purging (self-induced vomiting) can tighten chest muscles causing dresulting in rib dysfunction. When ribs then fail to move properly w/ respiration, upper back pain is common. If esophagitis isn't the cause, I recommend an osteopathic hands-on exam to check/fix ribs. Read more

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I had a strong upper back pain, even when I walk I have pain in the central lower back as well, can be related to nerves or spine problems?

I had a strong upper back pain, even when I walk I have pain in the central lower back as well, can be related to nerves or spine problems?

Back pain: Many conditions can cause back pain. In younger patients scoliosis is the most common cause. It can also be due to muscle spasm due to poor posture or improper lifting or twisting. Arthritic conditions and disk disease are more common in older patients but can happen on young adults as well. An x ray of the back would help. Read more

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Cervical steonosis cause middle upper back pain right in middle on spine? Or would that be from scoliosis or arthritics? Hurts when I get to work

Cervical steonosis cause middle upper back pain right in middle on spine? Or would that be from scoliosis or arthritics? Hurts when I get to work

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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Upper back pain, slight curve in spine. Chiropractor says I need 40+ session. Second opinion? Please see xray: http://tinypic. Com/r/f4oetj/5

Upper back pain, slight curve in spine. Chiropractor says I need 40+ session. Second opinion? Please see xray: http://tinypic. Com/r/f4oetj/5

Second opinion yes: Nice idea to show us the xray very useful not a very bad curve in a 38 year old person I would definitely seek another opinion upper back pain can be very hard to treat but is not usually indicative of serious pathology and I would tend to doubt that the curve has much to do with it / seek out an orthopedic spine specalist perhaps best of luck with this problem. 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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Upper back pain between right shoulder blade and spine hurts to breathe?

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

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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

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I have had four mris of my thoracic spine last year because of upper back pain. Would MRI reflect TB (pott's disease)?

Pott's Disease: Mri with gadolinium enhancement is one of the best imaging modalities available for portraying pott's disease (tb of the spine), especially assessing its risk to the spinal cord. X-ray, ct, & bone scan can also be used but MRI is the best modality. A needle biopsy can be used to look for the AFB and other potential organisms & causes. Read more

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My right breast has some thickening. And I have had upper back pain for almost one year. My MRI was clear of spine. Could these be related?

My right breast has some thickening. And I have had upper back pain for almost one year. My MRI was clear of spine. Could these be related?

Sounds unrelated.: I am concerned about the breast thickening which should be evaluated by a doctor and ultrasound to make sure that it is not a solid breast mass. The upper back pain is less concerning since the MRI showed that it is not due to an abnormality of the spine (such as metastases - cancer which has spread from its primary location) and therefore is probably muscular. Read more

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I have upper back pain that comes and goes depends. Had cspine mri and 3 chest X-Rays clear. Dr. wants to do EMG, shouldn't a spine MRI first?

I have upper back pain that comes and goes depends. Had cspine mri and 3 chest X-Rays clear. Dr. wants to do EMG, shouldn't a spine MRI first?

Maybe: An MRI of the thoracic spine with the EMG will provide valuable information as to the level of the pain. Talk to your doctor as to which test comes first Read more

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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

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Large hemangioma cetvical spine. How dangerous? Bad upper back pain spasms. Perivertabral swelling on CT in sept. Tum

Large hemangioma cetvical spine. How dangerous? Bad upper back pain spasms. Perivertabral swelling on CT in sept. Tum

Let me explain: Hemangiomas are benign vascular lesions in soft tissues or bones approximately 50% are found in the thoracic spine, followed by 39% in the lumbar spine and 7% in the cervical spine. Neurological symptoms my develop rarely associated with spinal cord compression neurological involvement is most common in the thoracic spine, but could happen any were. Good luck. Read more

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Mild dextroscoliosis of thoracic spine. Not sure of the degree. Have asymmetry in legs. Have upper back pain somtimes wen doing something continuously

Mild dextroscoliosis of thoracic spine. Not sure of the degree. Have asymmetry in legs. Have upper back pain somtimes wen doing something continuously

Scoliosis: You may have this. I would see a pm;r spine specialist to further evaluate your options for treatment. With asymmetry in legs, you may need a shoe insert/orthotic to address the leg length discrepancy. Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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