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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

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've had mid to upper back pain for 2months now that gets worse when lying down and causes some chest pain. What could it be?

I've had mid to upper back pain for 2months now that gets worse when lying down and causes some chest pain. What could it be?

Musculoskletal pain?: See your doctor to get examined and get some test. I hope this helps. If you want to discuss my answer to your question or if you have more questions contact with me on my Virtual Practice at :
www. Healthtap. Com/dryetimyan ...Read more

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Upper back pain for a few months, nothing helping, progressive worsening, suddenly too painful to sleep laying down and wakes me up, what should I do?

Upper back pain for a few months, nothing helping, progressive worsening, suddenly too painful to sleep laying down and wakes me up, what should I do?

Get it checked: We do not have enough information to tell you what is causing your pain. You have had it for few months. It is about time you consult your doctor to find out what is causing the pain and get it treated. It may be Muscular pain or pain coming from the thoracic or Cervicsl spine. You may need meds and /or Physical therapy and other trsatment depending on the Diagnosis. Consult your Doctor ...Read more

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Middle & upper back pain for 4 MOS. Worse laying down & with extension. Negative Abd. Ultrasound, negative lab work. Possible causes?

Middle & upper back pain for 4 MOS. Worse laying down & with extension. Negative Abd. Ultrasound, negative lab work. Possible causes?

Muscle spasms: If everything is normal then it is most likely a case of common back pain due to muscle spasms, which can be addressed with regular exercises designed for maintaining the flexibility of the back muscles and with physical therapy (massages etc) ...Read more

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Upper back pain and chest pressure for 2 months. Could this be my lungs? Get worse while laying down and waking up in morning. What else?

Upper back pain and chest pressure for 2 months. Could this be my lungs? Get worse while laying down and waking up in morning. What else?

Chest pressure: Impossible to tell without significantly more detailed history;BUT it is vital to obtain an accurate diagnosis so do promptly be evaluated by your physician or via a Health Tap Concierge consultation. ...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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Severe upper back pain and stiffness when lying down?

Severe upper back pain and stiffness when lying down?

Hard to say: I would try to see a physician in real life to determine your cause of pain. Good luck ...Read more

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18 year old female. Upper back pain for several days. Its noticed most when stretching and lying down. It worries me.?

Dysfunctional rib?: Could be referred pain from some organ, but unlikely. Key is the pain w/ stretching out & lying flat. Ribs should rise & fall w/ inhaling/exhaling, but when they lock down so they can't rise with inhalation or stretching/straightening, pain-sharp or severe aching-results, usually in upper back. Vertebrae may also be involved. A good osteopathic exam may find the cause & gentle manipulation may fix it. ...Read more

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Is it safe to have someone push on back while laying down to crack back? It helped at time but next morning neck and upper back pain

Is it safe to have someone push on back while laying down to crack back? It helped at time but next morning neck and upper back pain

Depends: It would be extremely uncommon for anything catastrophic to occur with the mechanism you are describing, so you could say it is relatively "safe". Whether it would provide any long term benefit is doubtful. ...Read more

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What can cause chest and upper back pain I've had it for over a week now and it's a lot worse at night when I'm layer down, worried of heart problems?

Osteoporosis: Chest and upper back pain can occur with fracture of a thoracic vertebra and consequent pinching of a nerve supplying the upper back and anterior ribs of the chest. See your doctor, have an x-ray of your thoracic spine, and if this is negative let your doctor consider other causes. Heart problems do not manifest as pain in your upper back, or with lying down. Your esophagus can do this. ...Read more

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Upper back pain, worse when tense up muscle. Had for 4 month now. I'm 4 weeks into physical therapy pain getting worse. Had x ray. 15 deg scoli. Ideas?

Upper back pain, worse when tense up muscle. Had for 4 month now. I'm 4 weeks into physical therapy pain getting worse. Had x ray. 15 deg scoli. Ideas?

Ligament weakness: The pt is making unstable ligaments more unstable and more painful.

Prolotherapy can rebuild the ligaments and stop the pain permanently.

Visit www. Getprolo. Com or www. Aaomed. Org to find out about and find a doctor to do prolotherapy on you. ...Read more

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Moderate upper back pain, across entire back, been hurting for about 6 hrs, seem to be getting worse. Intensifies if I turn or twist a certain way?

Moderate upper back pain, across entire back, been hurting for about 6 hrs, seem to be getting worse. Intensifies if I turn or twist a certain way?

Midback pain: It always depends on why you are hurting. Sometimes our careers cause repetitive motion that causes irritation to the area, other times it may be related to trauma (such as car accidents). Either way typically back pain resolves within 3-6 weeks with conservative therapy (rest, ice, anti inflammatories, etc). If you are still persisting with pain then see your doctor for further evaluation. ...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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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 am 28f. I am getting upper back pain in nights. By morning it is reducing. Mainly between down shoulders. What would be the reason?

May be muscle pain: It is difficult to say what is causing the pain without more information and physical exam. It is most likely muscle pain and may be related to day time activities and rest at night while you are sleeping makes it better. You can try over the counter Naprosyn (naproxen) or ibuprofen if you are not allergic to it and don't have peptic ulcer.If persistant see your doctor and get it checked. Message might help too ...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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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 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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My daughter woke up Today with sharp upper back pain and shoulder pain. It hurts whenever she is bending down or coughing. What Can it be?

My daughter woke up Today with sharp upper back pain and shoulder pain. It hurts whenever she is bending down or coughing. What Can it be?

Rib/vertebral dysf: Sounds like rib or vertebral dysfunction. Must rule out lung or other serious problem, but key may be pain w/bending. Ribs/vertebrae can get 'locked' for seemingly no reason-even during sleep & hurt w/coughing or certain movements. A good history & physical incl hands-on osteopathic exam may be the best way to find the cause. Osteopathic manipulation can free them & relieve the pain. ...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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Knotted left upper back;pain shoots around left ribs as well as left shoulder down into elbowsharp?

Knotted left upper back;pain shoots around left ribs as well as left shoulder down into elbowsharp?

Have a medical check: If this pain is persisting for more than 1-2 weeks and is getting worse, then further testing is indicated. This should include a medical check up by your doctor who may order appropriate tests to find the cause of your pain.
A chest x-ray is the simplest first test. If needed, a ct scan may be the next best test. Bones in the chest, left shoulder area can be another source of pain/should be check. ...Read more

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Upper back pain which goes down both arms and into neck?

Upper back pain which goes down both arms and into neck?

Worrisome: Acute pain in neck & pain radiating to both arms raises concern for cervical spine integrity. If a mechanical neck injury has occurred, then urgent evaluation is indicated as are imaging studies to rule cervical spine disorder that is impinging the spinal cord &/or cervical nerves transiting to the arms. Is very serious if either arm is weak. ...Read more

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What can cause sharp intense upper back pain radiating down left arm?

See below: You have symptoms which could be serious and should see your physician. He/she will listen to you, do a physical examinarion, run some tests, and let you know what's going on. ...Read more

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What can I do for right side upper back pain + shoulder numbness that goes down to my fingers?

Cervical disdisease: Cervical disc disease manifests as pain in the shoulder and then radiates down toward the hand. Other signs are weakness in the fingers and the arm.
Treatment is usually a trial of nsaids and physical therapy.
To make the definitive diagnosis, an MRI and emg/ncv will identify the source of the problem. ...Read more

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I have had sharp shooting chest pains both side accompanied by upper back pain between shoulder blades. Sometimes worse by breathing why is this?

I have had sharp shooting chest pains both side accompanied by upper back pain between shoulder blades. Sometimes worse by breathing why is this?

Discuss with MD: You need an evaluation, it could be nothing but will need an evaluation and good physical exam, to rule out heart or lung causes. In your age group it is most likley musculoskeletel, but still warrants an evaluation. ...Read more

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Upper back pain and breathing problems. Are they related? My upper back has been in pain for over 6 months and I've noticed my breathing getting worse

Upper back pain and breathing problems. Are they related? My upper back has been in pain for over 6 months and I've noticed my breathing getting worse

Pleurisy: One possible cause of upper back pain with difficulty breathing could be pleurisy. You should get this examined, though, as it is abnormal to have "breathing problems." see your doctor. ...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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Having upper back pain bt shoulder blades with swelling under my left shoulder that goes down to the side of my rib with some swelling on my chest.?

Having upper back pain bt shoulder blades with swelling under my left shoulder that goes down to the side of my rib with some swelling on my chest.?

Atypical Chest: Always warrants medical evaluation sooner rather than later. You need a thorough Physical Examination, Chest X-Ray, Lab Work including a CBC and test for Mono, possibly a CT of your chest. I am concerned about the possibility of a Aortic problem which is a life-threatening emergency. Go to ER immediately. ...Read more

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Extreme upper back pain for 3 days it hurts to move especially if I move my neck down/move my arms what would cause this and what do I do to treat it?

Ans: You are very young. Need a good history. Did you have any injury? Do you exercise or do heavy lifting? Best to see a doctor for a good history and examination ...Read more

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I am 28f. I am getting upper back pain in nights by morning it is reducing. Mainly between down shoulders. For two days it passed to front and breast?

Ans: Well many possibilities here. If you are a female and gave large breast this can cause upper back pain. Poor posture can cause the same issue carrying heavy objects like if you are a student with backpack can cause upper back issues. Work on proper posture. See if this helps if not see your doctor for evaluation ...Read more

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Pain in chest, short of breath at night, upper back pain, this is on-going and I have it quite regularly, it gets worse at night.

Pain in chest, short of breath at night, upper back pain, this is on-going and I have it quite regularly, it gets worse at night.

See a doctor: You need to see a doctor to conduct through investigation of your symptoms and physical examination. This could be anything or nothing. ...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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