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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

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: 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. ...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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What can cause the upper back pain between the shoulder blade,one side of your rib and chest to swell and with needle like pain?

What can cause the upper back pain between the shoulder blade,one side of your rib and chest to swell and with needle like pain?

Nerve impingement: Nerve impingement can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain, dizziness and nausea. Prevention treatment is always recommended. This condition must be professionally managed. See interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. It is the same as a pinched nerve. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

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Continues nausea weakness and dizziness along with upper back pain and pain just under my ribs on the left and right side of my abdomin?

Continues nausea weakness and dizziness along with upper back pain and pain just under my ribs on the left and right side of my abdomin?

See MD: You really need to be examined and have a thorough history done. You may need lab work and radiologic studies. I'd see your physician. ...Read more

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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?

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: 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. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

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What could cause upper back pain between the shoulder blades after first rib resection surgery? Muscular or nerve related?

What could cause upper back pain between the shoulder blades after first rib resection surgery? Muscular or nerve related?

Possibly both: After a resection surgery you can have scar tissue that develops and pulls on the fascia and musculature disrupting either muscle function or nerves as the brachial plexus is right through this area. If it is between your shoulder blades, you may be looking at a long thoracic nerve issue or rhomboid dysfunction. A trial of PT would help delineate. Best of luck! ...Read more

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