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Possible causes of periodic upper back spasm-like pain that makes it nearly impossible to move for 2-3 days?

Possible causes of periodic upper back spasm-like pain that makes it nearly impossible to move for 2-3 days?

Multiple possible: Many possible reasons including referred pain from an ulcer or gastritis, gallbladder issues, kidney stones to actual back issues like muscular or disc issues especially if out is shape in terms of weight control, exercise and/or smoking which affects the stability of the spine. If this is a frequent enough problem, you need to see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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How to sleep with an upper back spasm?

How to sleep with an upper back spasm?

However is : Comfortable generally avoiding sleeping on your stomach for neck or back issues. Some prefer having a pillow under their knees or a large pillow to use and hold if lying on either side with a relatively flat pillow to support the head keeping it in line with the shoulders. Use of otc medication if no medical reasons not to use them can help. If symptoms persist or worsen, see a physician. ...Read more

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I pulled a muscle in my upper back I think and it keeps spasming. Would a massage be good for this or will it exacerbate the problem?

I pulled a muscle in my upper back I think and it keeps spasming.  Would a massage be good for this or will it exacerbate the problem?

Ok to try: Gentle massage along with mild anti inflammatory is fine in short term. Can also try alternate heat and icing. If doesn't improve over 5-7 days you get formal exam. ...Read more

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Gums ache r-side up a low. Saw 2 dentist. Everythin ok . Upper back spasm. Can this be nerve issue from neck, comes a goes throbs.?

Gums ache r-side up a low. Saw 2 dentist.  Everythin ok . Upper back spasm.  Can this be nerve issue from neck, comes a goes throbs.?

Nerve impingement: You had two separate conditions #1. Gums that was ruled out by a dentists and #2. Nerve impingement is a very common problem, affecting about 10-12% percent of the adult population in the us. 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. ...Read more

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Would muscle spasms in shoulder and upper back and shoulder cause stinging pain in neck when I try to stretch, sleep. Dr. : stress and back spasm?

Would muscle spasms in shoulder and upper back and shoulder cause stinging pain in neck when I try to stretch, sleep. Dr. : stress and back spasm?

Possibly: Yes it could, but so could other more serious issues like a pinched nerve in the neck. Even if it is a muscle spasm, the more important question is what is the cause for e spasms. Are you over working them or is it compensatory response to a more serious injury in the neck.
Bottom line- go get checked out. ...Read more

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Would there be an advantage of using tramadol over butalbital with codeine for upper back muscle spasm pain and headaches? Would it be safer?

Would there be an advantage of using tramadol over butalbital with codeine for upper back muscle spasm pain and headaches? Would it be safer?

It may help: Yes, it may help. The way tramadol works is different than other two. Therefore, it may target pain through a different receptor. I would also consider adding a muscle relaxant such as baclofen ...Read more

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Started walking 2 weeks ago, low legs hurt a low back weak an upper back spasm a head inflamed a back of neck inflamed off balance ect why?

Started walking 2 weeks ago, low legs hurt a low back weak an upper back spasm a head inflamed a back of neck inflamed off balance ect why?

Over working: You need more fluids and allow the body to heal if symptoms persist or worsens with these steps see a doctor asap. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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31 yr old female upper back for bout a week no other symptoms burning feeling in back what could it be if serious would I have other symptoms?

31 yr old female upper back for bout a week no other symptoms burning feeling in back what could it be if serious would I have other symptoms?

Burning feeling: Is there a rash there? Because that could be shingles. If there's no rash after a week, it's probably not shingles. Did you have any trauma? A fall or bump into something? Maybe there is a little peripheral nerve that is getting pinched in the spine. Serious symptoms would be worsening pain, fevers. If it gets worse, go see someone. ...Read more

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I am male and 21 yrs old, my left upper back including shoulder is paining continously. What are they symptoms of?

I am male and 21 yrs old, my left upper back including shoulder is paining continously. What are they symptoms of?

Usually from muscle: Or bone pain ; could be related to improper posture, heavy lifting, strenuous (sports) activities, scoliosis (curve spine, detected by xray) etc. Taking otc tylenol/ acetaminophen, nsaids/ibuprofen, applying ice/warm packs, acupresure may help etc. Follow up with your dr if it gets worse. Take care! http://www.M. Webmd. Com/back-pain/tc/upper-and-middle-back-pain-overview. ...Read more

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I feel pain in middle/upper back and chest when coughing, taking deep breath. No flue symptoms. What could it be? Thank you

I feel pain in middle/upper back and chest when coughing, taking deep breath. No flue symptoms.
What could it be?
Thank you

Pleurisy: Can be based on lung problem or simply INTERCOSTAL MUSCE Pull (The small muscles in between the ribs)
A chest x-ray is in order and you should see your Primary Care Provider for the results of that film and appropriate treatment!

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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I'm concerned about some symptoms I've been experiencing a couple days now. It started with severe pain in my mid to upper back. I'm concerned about some symptoms I've been experiencing a couple days now. It started with severe pain in my mid to upper bac

Hello. : Hello. I don't know your diagnosis. There are a number of things which could present similarly. I don't know your age, if you have family history of cardiac disease, if you are a smoker, hypertensive etc. But based on the fact that you have chest pain, nausea & dizziness, I do would get it evaluated forth with.
Here are possible symptoms of a mycocardial infarction (heart attack). Chest pain, tightness, squeezing or fullness is the most common presentation. However, the pain can also present in the upper back, the upper middle abdomen, jaw, head, teeth or in the arms (left more than right). One could have nausea, vomiting or it could feel like indigestion or heartburn. Feeling short of breath, sweating and just feeling out of sorts can also occur. About a fourth of people have no significant symptoms during a heart attack.
Although there are things you describe that wouldn't be real typical for a heart attack, the problem is that some people have some very atypical cardiac events. Recommend that this be evaluated expeditiously. ...Read more

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Are bumps on the upper back common symptoms of acne?

Are bumps on the upper back common symptoms of acne?

They can be: Depending on the size and color of the bumps, they could be acne, cysts, or something else. ...Read more

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Having upper back pain between shoulder blades no other symptoms 31 year old female burning feeling?

Having upper back pain between shoulder blades no other symptoms 31 year old female burning feeling?

Trigger points: Pain in the midline of the back or around the shoulder blades is usually muscular. Trigger points, fairly specific areas that when pressed reproduce or trigger the pain, are common and muscular. Levator scapula syndrome is a variant near the top of the shoulder blade. Good posture, avoid looking down at computer screens. Try ice/heat, nsaid's, and salonpas hot patches. ...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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One week I have hard Dyspnea and pain in upper back. I'm 20 and have scoliosis. I am used to these symptoms of scoliosis but now they are very intense!

One week I have hard Dyspnea and pain in upper back. I'm 20 and have scoliosis. I am used to these symptoms of scoliosis but now they are very intense!

It can B due 2 scoli: But only in severe cases. This is because of reduced lung capacity from the curve. It does need looking into as scoliosis does not have symptoms, unless it is so severe that it is decompensating & collapsing. ...Read more

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Occasional pulsing sensation in left side of upper back below shoulder blade? Comes & goes. Occurs in time with heartbeat. No other symptoms. Thanks.

Occasional pulsing sensation in left side of upper back below shoulder blade? Comes & goes. Occurs in time with heartbeat. No other symptoms. Thanks.

Trigger point: It can cause by trigger point which is an inflame band of muscle fibers, need physical therapy using muscle stimulus, heat modalities and exercise , if persist, see cardiologist ...Read more

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Symptoms include upper back pain tightness in chest, please help?

Symptoms include upper back pain tightness in chest, please help?

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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Had influenza A couple weeks ago, symptoms gone except now have croupy hard cough. Normal for upper back soreness?

Had influenza A couple weeks ago, symptoms gone except now have croupy hard cough. Normal for upper back soreness?

Yes: You could get back soreness from coughing. Sometimes cough lingers after a viral infection has resolved. Typically, goes away in few weeks. If the pain is excessive you can see if some pain medications help. However, if cough gets worse you may want to see your PCP. Until the cough resolves you may have some muscle aches in the back. ...Read more

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What would cause one sharp deep pain in chest to the left of sternum? No other symptoms. Chronic upper back pain.

Depends: To answer this question, we like to know the duration of this pain, the nature, provoking factors and relieving factors. Causes can be due to muscle strain, heart disease, lung disease, infections, tumors, esophageal spasms, blood clots, etc. Get checked out! ...Read more

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Anxiety/Stress — Can the symptoms be higher BP, arm pit pain, upper back pain? Can it also be triggered by not eating enough through a day?

Anxiety/Stress — Can the symptoms be higher BP, arm pit pain, upper back pain?  Can it also be triggered by not eating enough through a day?

Possibly : You need to be seen by a doctor to ensure there is no organic cause for your symptoms. Even though it is possible for anxiety to cause an array of symptoms it is not safe to make that assumption. Evaluation by health care provider needs to be made ...Read more

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I have occasional GERD. Today I feel burning sensation in the right of my upper back, worsens when I belch. I'm 30 no other symptoms, and healthy?

I have occasional GERD. Today I feel burning sensation in the right of my upper back, worsens when I belch. I'm 30 no other symptoms, and healthy?

Try mastic gum: Mastic gum (available from a health food store or on-line) is an effective remedy for GERD. Mastic is from the bark of a Mediterranean tree, and has been used for hundreds of years for gastrointestinal problems. Mastic kills H. pylori, the spirochete that causes GERD and stomach ulcers. 1 gram/day for two weeks will eradicate H. pylori. Also, speeds healing of ulcers. ...Read more

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I have pain n my upper back right where I buckle my bra together no fever but when I inhale i kinda feel pain there! No other symptoms 21 years age?

I have pain n my upper back right where I buckle my bra together no fever but when I inhale i kinda feel pain there! No other symptoms 21 years age?

?Nerve pain: Pain in the upper back could be caused by pressure on a nerve near the upper spine from a spur or disc problem. If it persists or worsens, have an exam and pertinent x-ray studies. Pain on inspiration can come from the lung or rib cage. ...Read more

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Is upper back pain a possible symptom of a heart attack?

Is upper back pain a possible symptom of a heart attack?

Possible: It would be somewhat atypical as a symptom, but certainly possible. More concerning is the condition known as aortic dissection which commonly causes upper back pain. Of course numerous orthopedic conditions of the spine also cause this symptom. Get it checked out immediately if it is abrupt in onset and uncomfortable. ...Read more

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Can overstretched upper back muscles cause symptoms like prickling, itching etc? Lack of blood flow?

Yes: Not likely ischemia (/lack of blood flow), more likely from irritation of nerves in area by inflammatory markers released by involved muscle tissues. Nsaid, cool compresses, and massage /stretching can often help relieve. If not improved in a week, see dr, as may need muscle relaxant or might be from other cause. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am 25 have Tightness & ache in chest & upper back for 3 months. I have no other symptoms. If it was heart related would it last this long?

I am 25 have Tightness & ache in chest & upper back for 3 months. I have no other symptoms. If it was heart related would it last this long?

Not likely: Although it is unlikely that your symptoms are cardiac related in a 25-year-old woman it is not unlikely for cardiac symptoms to persist for three months. It would be reasonable to seek an evaluation by a health care professional both to exclude cardiac etiology but also to help alleviate your discomfort with an appropriate diagnosis. ...Read more

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My upper back gets red and hot sometimes. My left cheek flushes every day and my left arm does sometimes. No other symptoms. Can anxiety cause this?

My upper back gets red and hot sometimes. My left cheek flushes every day and my left arm does sometimes. No other symptoms. Can anxiety cause this?

Anxiety is amazing!: The things it can seem to do are almost limitless — especially in experienced sensations. Eventually damage may result but early effects on things you 'feel' and how it appears can be wild! Yet, you don't want to miss a sign of other illness that could be treated. So, discuss w/ a Dr — maybe have an exam/tests. Definitely consider CBT to learn management skills and curb anxiety. ...Read more

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Can nerve pain come and go? I was almost symptom free for around a month but pain has returned. Prickly burning pain in inner thigh and upper back.

Can nerve pain come and go? I was almost symptom free for around a month but pain has returned. Prickly burning pain in inner thigh and upper back.

Yes, possible: Especially post-herpetic pain. See your doctor for possible medication to control the nerve impulses (e.g. Gabapentin) and minimize the pain if caused by a reaction to a herpetic virus. ...Read more

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I am 25 have Tightness and ache in chest and upper back for 3 months. If it was heart related would I have other symptoms & would it last this long?

I am 25 have Tightness and ache in chest and upper back for 3 months. If it was heart related would I have other symptoms & would it last this long?

Heart unlikely but..: It is unlikely to be from your heart at 25 years old, but not impossible. It is more likely from some musculoskeletal problem. However, since it has been going on for this long it would really be good to see a doctor and get an exam to determine the cause. If it is musculoskeletal then your doctor could refer you to a physical therapist to help you get rid of the discomfort. ...Read more