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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

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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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 radiating to the front and nausea. What does this sound like?

Not spine problem: This does not sound like primary back problem but rather a referred pain to your back. Typically back problem do not cause nausea. Possible GI problems such as peptic ulcer disease or similar things may be the cause. ...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?

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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Mid upper back pain btwn shoulders when riding stationary bike. Lasted a second but pain went to my front. Been having neck issues/tension headaches.

Mid upper back pain btwn shoulders when riding stationary bike. Lasted a second but pain went to my front. Been having neck issues/tension headaches.

Thoracic Spine: Thoracic spine areas will allow nerves to exit out of the spine and wrap around into the chest wall and abdomen. So herniated discs there can cause pain into these areas as well. I would consider seeing a pain specialist for treatment options like epidural steroid injection or even facet joint treatments. ...Read more

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28 weeks preg, have serve right upper back pain for 3 weeks which spreads round to the front of my ribs, gets worse at night cant sleep on either sid?

28 weeks preg, have serve right upper back pain for 3 weeks which spreads round to the front of my ribs, gets worse at night cant sleep on either sid?

Upper back pain: Upper back pain involves the thoracic vertebral bodies, the rib heads that attach to the spine, the tendons and ligaments that insert on/in the spine, and discs between the vertebrae. The tendons and ligaments become more lax during pregnancy in preparation for the baby going through the birth canal. Massage and ice may relieve the pain. See a spine specialist for a diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Fingertips twisting outwards, lower back pain into front of both thighs and knees, shooting pains upper back & pain down shoulders, arms wrists, hands?

Fingertips twisting outwards, lower back pain into front of both thighs and knees, shooting pains upper back & pain down shoulders, arms wrists, hands?

Back/neck pain: If you have arthritis in the low back, then you likely have arthritis in the neck too. The nerve pain can be relieved with neuropathic pain medications. Anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxer medications can relieve the pain related to the joints, tendons and muscles of the spine. Stretching exercises, physical therapy and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation may help too. ...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?

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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 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

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Why does my exercise programme cause upper back pain?

May be stress: Your upper back more or you have weakness of the upper back muscles. ...Read more

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Any suggestions on how I can relieve upper back pain?

Any suggestions on how I can relieve upper back pain?

Usually muscular: If only of short duration & only occuring with certain positions or movement, it sounds muscular & should resolve with time. You can try 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. Occasionally it can be from other regions like a stomach ulcer or from an actual tumor or spine infection. ...Read more

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What can cause upper back pain between the shoulders?

What can cause upper back pain between the shoulders?

Several things: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Left upper back pain. What can I take that would help?

Spine nerve irritate: Over the counter anti inflammatory medications may help following the instructions carefully. You can be having muscle spasms due to spinal nerve root irritation. If you have superficial muscle spasms, you can be helped usually by massage or hot packs. Massage that is helpful is usually enjoyable. If the massage causes you pain and is unpleasant, the massage is teasing the deep muscle spasms t. ...Read more

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Why would I wake up with upper back pain every morning?

Disc or muscular: Many causes. First I would get a thoracic mri. Pain may be associated with bulging / herniated discs, arthritis of the spine. If all tests are normal, pain maybe associated with muscular spasms and pain. Pain can cause insomnia which can exacerbate upper back pain. Anxiety and depression can also cause or exacerbate upper back pain. ...Read more

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How would I give a targeted massage for upper back pain?

How would I give a targeted massage for upper back pain?

2 Steps: Locate the area it is bothering you, then do the target massage on it your self or some body else could do it foryou. ...Read more

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What are some good stretches I can do for upper back pain?

What are some good stretches I can do for upper back pain?

McKenzie Exercises: Pt for back and neck conditions involve stretching, strengthening, and some range of motion. These exercises start very gently, and then are progressed by a certified pt based upon patient response. All patients are different, so the exact exercises differ as does the progress. Use of heat, rubs, electrical devices and ultrasound is not a long-term answer. No pain no gain to a point. ...Read more

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Terrible upper back pain for years. Please please help me!?

Terrible upper back pain for years. Please please help me!?

Back pain: The back pain can be caused by muscle spasm, spinal stenosis, ruptured disc, nerve impingement. .. The treatment depends on the cause of the pain. It might include strengthening exercise, physical therapy, medication, interventional therapy, surgery. ..
You should seek help from a health care provider, you might benefit from a comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more

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Upper back pain...what can cause this and what should I do?

Upper back pain...what can cause this and what should I do?

Varies: There areuliple potential causes including spine related causes such as degenerative disc disease to mom spine related causes such as a duodenal ulcer or pancreatitis. I would not hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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Please can I get some advice? For really bad upper back pain?

Please can I get some advice? For really bad upper back pain?

Rest relax exercise: Rest relax exercise you could search the internet for stretching exercise for low back pain
visit to chiropractor could help you find the problem and get relieved
over the counter medication like Ibuprofen or aleve (naproxen) could help as well. ...Read more

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Can someone at ashram in asia help me with my upper back pain?

Can someone at ashram in asia help me with my upper back pain?

Maybe: I don't think you need to go all the way to asia to get benefit. The main approach is combination of meditation, diet, sleep hygiene and some exercise. I am sure you can find a pain management center which would do similar kind of rehab in the states. ...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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