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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 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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Pain upper back w/deep breath.I do have chronic back pain, and im getting over a cold.Im on penicillin now, for a abcess.Can these cause upper back pain?

Pain upper back w/deep breath.I do have chronic back pain, and im getting over a cold.Im on penicillin now, for a abcess.Can these cause upper back pain?

Pleurisy (Pleuritis): You are likely having pleurisy (pleuritis). Go see your doctor. Typical if this is all that it is, a prescription of nsaids like Ibuprofen will help take care of it. But you have to go and ensure there is nothing else that could be irritating the lining of your lungs like a collection, etc. This is likely unrelated to your chronic back pain. ...Read more

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I am having upper back pain whenever I take a deep breath. This pain tends to get worse at night. What is the cause/treatment for this?

I am having upper back pain whenever I take a deep breath. This pain tends to get worse at night. What is the cause/treatment for this?

Rib dysfunction: Pain in mid & upper back aggravated by inhalation is usually due to a rib being locked down.Usually ribs move up & down w/ inhalation/exhalation.When a rib is locked down, it cannot rise with inhalation causing pain.Sometimes a vertebra locked (bent forward) can cause similar pain.Either way, a good history & phys incl osteopathic hands-on exam can usually locate the cause & manipulation may fix it. ...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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Almost constant upper back pain, occasional chest pain, and shallow breathing throughout the day. The pain gets worse sometimes with deep breaths?

Rib pain: Most likely at your age is a pulled muscle or rib irritation in the area. However if it does not resolve with nsaids, ice/heat and rest, you may want to see a physician to evaluate further. You may want to consider an osteopathic physician (do) to see if manipulation of the ribs might be a treatment option. ...Read more

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What can cause upper back pain at the center- close to shoulder, when sneezing or taking deep breath?

What can cause upper back pain at the center- close to shoulder, when sneezing or taking deep breath?

It's most: probably from repetitive musculo-skeletal strain from breathing and especially sneezing. Suggest a check up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can forward head posture and rounded shoulders restrict your breathing? When taking a deep breath I have upper back pain and my accessory's are sore.

Contributing: Probably can cause some restrictive lung problems eventually but your problem is probably due to your underlying lung disease primarily. Your posture can also eventually lead to circulatory problems and neuro symptoms in your arms (thoracic outlet syndrome). I suspect that your underlying lung problems are severe. I wonder about a alpha-1=antitrypsin deficiency leading to severe emphysema. ...Read more

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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