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Right sided chest pain all day.I could reproduce it.Upper back pain.1 left side chest pain, same as right side. Can't reproduce.Doc says heart ok.

Right sided chest pain all day.I could reproduce it.Upper back pain.1 left side chest pain, same as right side. Can't reproduce.Doc says heart ok.

Myofascial pain: You might be able to find tender knots and ropes in chest and upper back muscles. Suggest seeing a specialist who knows about myofascial pain. Most of the pain in the body comes from injury to muscle and fascia, and the inflammation in the injured tissue that comes from food that is not good for us. www.blatmanhealthandwellness.com. ...Read more

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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Upper back pain (1st time)on one side these past days, but only when lying down, it feels like there's a huge weight on it when I try to get up...?

Upper back pain (1st time)on one side these past days, but only when lying down,  it feels like there's a huge weight on  it when I try to get up...?

Sounds muscular: As it is only of short duration and only occuring with certain positions or movement, it sounds muscular and should resolve with some time. You can try some over the counter medication and heat to the area like a heating pad. If it persists or worsens or if you develop any other symptoms, see your doctor. ...Read more

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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

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Upper back pain on both sides. What could it be?

Upper back pain on both sides.  What could it be?

Upper back pain: is a very common problem, affecting about 10-12% percent of the adult population in the US leading to nerve problem. Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging disc or encroached upon by bony overgrowth. Rec.: see an interventional pain management specialist. It is a conservative non-surgical treatment. ...Read more

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I have upper back pain on my right side. It is most intense when I look down & is constant. Its sometimes absent when i just wake up but not for long?

I have upper back pain on my right side. It is most intense when I look down & is constant. Its sometimes absent when i just wake up but not for long?

Upper back pain: The pain that you describe is typical of an inflamed rib head as it inserts into the spine. Anti-inflammatory medications, stretching and massage can help. Apply ice at night and moist warm heat in the morning. Chiropractors are helpful with this problem. Injection of the rib head with a cortisone shot is another treatment option. If the pain persists then a thoracic MRI scan is warranted. ...Read more

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Sharp upper back pain on the left side when breathing deeply started after cycling It took more than 15 minutes until the pain disappeared...?

Sharp upper back pain on the left side when breathing deeply started after cycling It took more than 15 minutes until the pain disappeared...?

Upper back pain: The pain that you describe is typical of an inflamed rib head as it inserts into the spine. Anti-inflammatory medications, stretching and massage can help. Apply ice at night and moist warm heat in the morning. Chiropractors are helpful with this problem. Injection of the rib head with a cortisone shot is another treatment option. If the pain persists then a thoracic MRI scan is warranted. ...Read more

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1 yr upper back pain.Now pain in left chest at the breastline.Pain only lasts seconds, usually when bending forward or lying on side.What causes this?

1 yr upper back pain.Now pain in left chest at the breastline.Pain only lasts seconds, usually when bending forward or lying on side.What causes this?

Mechanical: This is probably muscular. You need evaluation of musculoskeletal system. This will decide if it's muscle, bone , chest wall, lung, tendon, bursa, vertebral,etc. ...Read more

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How to treat severe upper back pain left side?

How to treat severe upper back pain left side?

Neck and back pain: The back pain can be caused by many issues such as muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement ... If you pain is severe, you should seek medical care as soon as possible for appropriate evaluation and treatment ...Read more

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Im 30 weeks and have had upper back pain going into my side what could possiably be wrong?

Back or kidney: I assume you mean 30 weeks pregnant. Pain in the back moving to the bottom of the rib cage could mean a kidney infection - especially if you have fever or painful urination. You should see your doctor if that is the case. Otherwise, many woman have problems with back strain, and lumbar disc problems, in pregnancy. ...Read more

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What would cause one pinching pain directly between breasts? No other symptoms except for chronic upper back pain.

? Costochondritis: It is possible this is referred pain from your breast, back or other area. However it could also be costochondritis which involves inflammation of the little joints where the ribs attach to the breast bone. (Sternum) ...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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Hi. My husband had mid to upper back pain and has slowly moved to the front on left side. He assumed it was muscular but now i'm not so sure.Thank you

Don't know : By telling your doctor your age and length of time symptoms are present will help you get a much better opinion. Not enough information here; could be benign, could be serious. It would be more concerning if the pain traveled like a sword from the back to the front & would suggest medical evaluation asap. If traveled along the ribs, could be viral, nerves, somatic dysfunction, internal, .......... ...Read more

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Is upper back pain considered one of the signs of breast cancer?

Is upper back pain considered one of the signs of breast cancer?

By itself, no: Many people have back pain; so back pain by itself is not a sign of breast cancer. However, if you have a history of breast cancer or if you find a lump in your breast or axilla (armpit), then you should check with your doctor since breast cancer frequently travels to bone. If the backpain persists, do go see your doctor (not necessary for breast cancer, but to evalaute also for other reasons). ...Read more

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Why am i having upper back pain left side under shoulder blade?

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

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Really bad upper back pain behind rib and down the left side what could be the cause of it? Muscles?

Really bad upper back pain behind rib and down the left side what could be the cause of it? Muscles?

Hard to say: Unless you injured it, it would be unusual to have really bad back pain from the muscles in your back. There are many potential causes some of which are musculoskeletal, but some which are not. A kidney infection, known as a pyelonephritis is just one example. Consider being checked. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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I have been having upper back pain for about three weeks on my right side. Burning, comes and goes. Should i be worried? No sob? Motrin helps some.

Probably Muscular: This type of pain is usually muscular and should run its course. If you have not been seen by your pcp, now is the time since it has not improved. This can also be a referred pain from reflux or even the neck or shoulder. Go get checked out. ...Read more

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Bad upper back pain beside the boobs under the thorax on the ribs what could it be ? ( both sides)

Bad upper back pain beside the boobs under the thorax on the ribs what could it be ? ( both sides)

Muscle or nerve: A thorough physical is needed to diagnose the cause of your pain. However any pain in that region can be traced down to inflammation or traumatic injury of the soft tissues there (skin, muscle, nerve ) unless the pain is inside the thorax or around the lungs (inflammation of the pleura or lung covering) ...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


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back = dorsalgia = discomfort of any ...Read more