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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

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 have a constant knot feeling in my throat with a slight cough for the last two months also, neck and upper back pain that comes and goes. What is it?

I have a constant knot feeling in my throat with a slight cough for the last two months also, neck and upper back pain that comes and goes. What is it?

Reflux?: A 36 year old female with a knot in throat and slight cough, with neck and upper back pain. All these symptoms could be due to GER (gastroesophageal reflux). The symptoms also could be due to post-nasal drainage. Please see your primary health care provider for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Having upper back pain it comes and goes not constant could this be kidney stone or gallbladder?

Having upper back pain it comes and goes not constant could this be kidney stone or gallbladder?

Pain: Flank pain one either side is the typical pain seen with a kidney stones. Gallbladder pain tends to be under the rib cage on the right upper abdomen ...Read more

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I am having upper back pain that comes and go, and blood when I blow my nose. I do not have a cough. I am 25 and I don't smokecould I have lung cancer?

I am having upper back pain that comes and go, and blood when I blow my nose. I do not have a cough. I am 25 and I don't smokecould I have lung cancer?

Almost certainly not: I don't think you have lung cancer at all. Back pain can be due to many things (including posture, very large breasts, etc) and blood when you blow your nose is probably due to a polyp. Obviously you should have it checked out if it's a lot. But at your age and with no smoking history, lung cancer would be very low on my list. As for bruising and weakness, you should probably have a blood test. ...Read more

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I'm 26 weeks pregnant and having agonising upper back pain it comes and goes every few mins, I've had it for about a week. Why?

I'm 26 weeks pregnant and having agonising upper back pain it comes and goes every few mins, I've had it for about a week. Why?

Muscle strain: Pregnancy changes the normal posture and kinectics of the spine. It would seem that there is imbalance with some muscles in spasm in your back now that you are in the third trimester. Consultation with a PMR or Sports Medicine doctor for a referral to pool therapy, yoga or Physical therapy is appropriate following a complete musculoskeletal exam ...Read more

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I have upper quadrant back pain that comes and goes and worsens with movment most Times. I'm on xarelto fir bpes. .. is this par for the course?

I have upper quadrant back pain that comes and goes and worsens with movment most Times. I'm on xarelto fir bpes. .. is this par for the course?

Call ur doc; go 2 ER: Xarelto is one of 4 novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) available in the States (yes, I know you're our neighbor up North). Unlike Warfarin, which can be corrected w/vitamin K, if taken in excess, we still don't have a good way to stop bleeding as a result of NOACs, aside from applying pressure & waiting for medication to wear off in 24hrs. While I don't know what "bpes" is, given symptoms, call doc ...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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I have upper back pain, burning sensation in my chest that comes and goes. My teeth have felt very awkward along with weight loss. Any suggestions?

I have upper back pain, burning sensation in my chest that comes and goes. My teeth have felt very awkward along with weight loss. Any suggestions?

See doctor: You should call you doctor and be evaluated. There are many causes for these symptoms. It soulnds like this has been going on for awhile so get yourself checked out. ...Read more

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Both arms hands tingling/aching some weakness. Comes and goes weeks at a time. Upper back pain sometimes. Scared?

Both arms hands tingling/aching some weakness. Comes and goes weeks at a time. Upper back pain sometimes. Scared?

2 main possible cau-: Ses:-
1: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, on both sides, or Ulnar nerve getting pinched at elbows;
2: Referred pain from your Neck/spine where the possible disk lesion might be causing this.
Other causes could be at play. U need to see an Orthopod for proper Diagnosis and treatment.
Meanwhile use a Wrist brace and wear them most of the time, to see whether your numbness/tingling improves.
Good Luck. ...Read more

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Why might it be that my middle/upper back pain only goes away when I stand?

Why might it be that my middle/upper back pain only goes away when I stand?

Weak ligaments: The ligaments are weak in your back and when you sit or lie down the weak area is flexed and gets painful. When standing the tissues regain the correct alignment and the pain eases.

Prolotherapy restores the strength to the ligaments and fixes the problem. Visit www. Getprolo. Com or www. Aaomed. Org and info and a doctor. ...Read more

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What tests would best determine the cause of upper back pain, with should pain also? Where would you go for those tests?

What tests would best determine the cause of upper back pain, with should pain also? Where would you go for those tests?

First step first: I am not sure what is the nature of your pain (when does it occur, left vs right or mid, during day/night, at rest, when active, or both), and how long you have had this pain. Also, any trauma? Type of work you do? First and right thing to do is consult with your doc for a thorough history and physical examination, which maybe all u need, and work-up if needed. Motrin/aleve for now. Good luck. ...Read more

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Severe upper back pain when initially lying down. Hurts in chest too. Anything serious? Been going on for 5 months getting worse

Severe upper back pain when initially lying down. Hurts in chest too. Anything serious? Been going on for 5 months getting worse

Back pain: It's difficult to determine the cause of the pain based on the limited description of symptoms. However progressive pain which is ongoing for five months is a red flag. I would recommend that you see a spine specialist or neurosurgeon to determine the cause of the pain and begin a treatment plan to eliminate it. ...Read more

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I just started having upper back pain when I stand up. It is intense at first but if I remain standing the pain level goes down.?

I just started having upper back pain when I stand up. It is intense at first but if I remain standing the pain level goes down.?

Have it checked: By doctor, since you can't stand all day to relieve back pain at work. Get a 2nd opinion from an osteopathic physician (DO), who can evaluate your entire musculoskeletal structure, and see where the cause is on your upper back, that could be originating from your lower back or sacrum that needs to be decompressed to get you out of pain. So, you can sit or stand comfortably, and not have to worry. ...Read more

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I wake up every morning with back pain mid area for 1-2 hours, I stooped going gym now. It started from upper back pain a month ago.

I wake up every morning with back pain mid area for 1-2 hours, I stooped going gym now. It started from upper back pain a month ago.

Back pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle strain, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. ..

Without additional information, it's difficult to identify the cause of your pain. You should seek help from a health care provider. You might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have been having upper back pain in between my shoulder blades for about a week. I have also felt like I am going to have diaregha but then nothing.

Myofascial pain: This sounds like myofascial pain. Essentially this is abnormal symptoms related to tight muscles. If all other neurological causes are ruled out this could be a working diagnosis. Usually responds to trigger point injections ...Read more

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Only right after smoking I get horrible upper back pain than it goes away after awhile until the next cigg. I'm quitting. But why is this happening. S?

Not sure of this: Unusual symptom, but when you are dragging on a cigarette I would imagine you would have to use your lung/ mediastinal muscles. A blood clot in the lungs could cause pain when you take deep breaths. GO see your doctor. Or muscle injury (intercostal muscle between the ribs). But congratulations on quitting smoking since you have taken the biggest step to have a healthier life ahead of you. ...Read more

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Ok have bad upper back pain?

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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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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What to do if I have bad upper back pain?

Upper back pqin: Many causes. Some are related to shoulder problems. Can also be muscles, bones, joints, discs, nerves in upper back/neck. Best to see doctor for good evaluation and discussion of possible dx and treatment options ...Read more

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Can military posture cause upper back pain?

Can military posture cause upper back pain?

Military posture: Hello. The stiff, knees locked, erect, shoulders pulled back posture may be an irritant to the thoracic spine when standing like this for extensive prolonged periods of time. Can't be avoided though. Soldiers won't ever be allowed to stand in a more "neutral" positions. ...Read more

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Can an exercise bike cause upper back pain?

Can an exercise bike cause upper back pain?

Yes: Yes. Straining during bicycling riding can cause upper and lower back pain. Usually caused by muscle straining. ...Read more

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Which test should I get for upper back pain?

Which test should I get for upper back pain?

Upper back pain: Upper back pain could be a symptom of disc herniation, joint problems or just muscles. What are the accompanying symptoms? Any tingling or numbness in arms? Any pain with rotation or flexion of the neck? Any headaches?
Mri is best for evaluating the spine. ...Read more

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Help! What can be causing my upper back pain?

Varies: Commonly, upper back/shoulder blade pain can be from the neck or bursitis around the blade. Upper back 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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What could be the cause of my upper back pain?

Many Possibilities: Given that this has been going on for so long, 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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What can I do to take care of upper back pain?

Multiple: There are multiple potential sources including musculoskeletal or referred pain. It is best to see a medical doctor. ...Read more

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I am having upper back pain. How do I treat it?

It's usually muscle: Strain. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (if no allergy) and warm packs application should help. If it gets worse seek medical help. ...Read more

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Upper back pain on center on and off what is it?

Difficult: There are many reasons for upper back pain, and it is difficult to tell what's causing it with the information you gave. It is best to see your doctor for proper evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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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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Waht is the common cause of left upper back pain?

Nerve and/or disc: Different terms used to describe spinal disc pathology:
herniated disc, pinched nerve, and bulging disc.
However, pinched nerve and/or disc pain are most common cause of the back pain. ...Read more

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What do you suggest to relieve my upper back pain?

What do you suggest to relieve my upper back pain?

Pain to touch?: This is usually the sign of a bruise, spasm, or tendinitis. Pain to the touch is not likely nerve related. If the pain is between the spine and your shoulder blade, I would consider levator syndrome (muscle irritation) likely due to posture especially computer work. Rest, ice, nsaid's, and salonpas hot patches (capsacian patches) are good. Change your posture, monitor at eye level. ...Read more

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Really bad upper back pain. What can I do to help?

Really bad upper back pain. What can I do to help?

Pain: Try taking some antiinflammatories like Ibuprofen unless you have a history of ulcers or kidney disease. Rest it a bit. If the pain doesn't subside enough to get up and walk, you should see a physician. Most episodes of back pain clear up in a few days to a few weeks. Most are caused by muscle strain. ...Read more

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Why does focolin give me severe upper back pain?

Focalin (dexmethylphenidate): If that is the drug you meant, doesn't. Not from what I read. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Back Pain (Definition)

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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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