what causes pain in my upper back on the left side by my ribs

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I have severe upper back pain that gets worse when i take a deep breath. Lower back is also very painful. Any ideas what is or could be causing this?

Upper back pain

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Consider rib fracture, costochondritis, muscle strain, pleuritis. Lower back may be a separate issue. Check with your orthopedic spine surgeon.
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Dr. Linna Li answered:

Am a smoker, getting tar like patches in my sputum for 2 days, upper back pain with painful spots, chest CT normal, can this be cancer?

Back pain

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The diagnosis of cancer is typically suspected when there is clear abnormality in laboratory or imaging such as a CT scan. To fully confirm a true diagnosis of cancer, there needs to be a biopsy and review underneath a microscopic to show that there are tumor or cancer cells. There could be many causes of back pain aside from cancer, including coughing, pneumonia, muscle strain, or arthritis.
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Dr. Ronald Krauser answered:

Think I have a pinched nerve on the left side of my neck. would I be getting pain when I turn my body to the left in my ribs and also upper back pain?

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A pinched nerve in the neck would not effect the ribs or dorsal spine area.
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Really bad upper back pain behind rib and down the left side what could be the cause of it? Muscles?

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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.
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Dr. Lydia Collins answered:

Can excessive gas cause rib and back pain? Sharp pains under left rib, down left side and mid to upper back . Some burping and flatuence

Yes it can

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Excessive gas in the bowels can cause pressure upwards and backwards. Pressure upwards effects the diaphragm which attaches to the ribs. Pressure backwards can impact the back. Drinking warm tea and gently massaging the belly may help move the gas along.
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Dr. Rick Koch answered:

Shortness of breath chest pains breast pain upper back pain all on left side. Causes?

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Causes...get evaluated by your physician
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Upper back pain left side arm pain rib pain all on left side for 20 days now. Been experiencing heavy heart beat when lieing down. I'm 19 male?

Go see your doctor

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there are a lot of things that could cause these symptoms. Go see your doctor to examine you and figure out what could be causing yours. It could be things as simple as panic attacks, to things as significant as emergency heart related problems.
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Dr. Vikram Patel answered:

Sudden severe upper back pain came out of nowhere on left Side around shoulder blade. It's paralyzing. Cannot move.Causes?treatment? exercisedaily.32F

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It could be a muscle spasm (cramp). Muscle spasms can be some of the sharpest and most severe pains. However, if it does not improve in a day or two, medical attention is needed for further examination. Did it start after or during a workout? any additional symptoms?
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Dr. Paul Grin answered:

Can gastritis cause upper back pain? Have pain in my left side, nausea, and bloating, which is my usual gastritis. Back pain level to the stomach pain

Comorbidity

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it means that two or more conditions happening in the same person. They can occur at the same time or one after the other. When you have more than one health problem, you have different health care needs and should address each separately. Start with the worst one.
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Dr. Clarence Scott answered:

What'd cause left upper back pain concentrated at one spot but moves around the left upper back area. Its more below & side of the left shoulder blade? Could this be related to similar LUQ pain ?

Nephrolithiasis

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The kidneys are retroperitoneal and located in the area mentioned. Have you done a urinalysis lately?
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