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What Does It Mean When You Have Upper Back Pain
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
I ve chronic upper back pain. Mri showed some degenerative changes, does this mean I ve to live in pain forever? Any solutions other then pain killers
Degenerative Changes: While there may be times when you will need to resort to analgesics and/or anti-inflammatory medications, I would recommend that you see a physical therapist who will eventually give you an exercise prescription which is often very effective in controlling pain and improving flexibility. ...Read more
I had some upper back pain and saw my doc - she said my rib was out. How does that happen and what does that mean and how? L4-S1 Fusion in February.
Doesn't make sense: That really doesn't make sense to me....unless she meant the rib was dislocated, and that would be unusual. Better ask her for clarification! ...Read more
I went to the ER with severe left arm and upper back pain the ER Dr said my D dimer was slightly elevated but CT scan was normal. What an this mean?
Follow up needed: D dimer and CT angiogram are used to help diagnose pulmonary embolism (blood clot in lung). No test is foolproof, so if symptoms persist, follow up with your doctor is essential. Sever left arm and upper back pain are concerning symptoms and may signal heart disease. Best to see your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more
What could a CRP of 4.8 and positive ANA w/speckled pattern mean? My thyroid is fine. I do have hair loss and mid upper back pain. Estrogen is low?
Lab tests: These values are meaningless in the absence of a full history and physical examination. A positive ANA with a speckled pattern is very non-specific unless the titer is >1:80, and then only if accompanied by other findings. We have discussed your hair loss and low serum estrogen previously. ...Read more
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
I have upper back pain. It hurts to sit up and lay down. It hurts right in the middle of my upper back.?
I have upper back pain when I tense's my back. I feel like it is also in my chest right in the center of my chest?
Your back & ribs are: Connected! So anything pulling from the back will also affect the front chest area. So if you feel tight in your chest, the ribs also connect from the spine to the front into the sternum. Once you're back is released, so will your chest feel more relaxed. Everything's connected. So see if you can get a sports massage, or start doing some deep diaphragmatic breathing to release your back & chest. ...Read more
I have upper back pain between the shoulder blades. Seems to be more on the right. What should I do to relieve the pain?
Start some pain meds:
Lie aleve (naproxen) or Ibuprofen (if no allergies or side effects with their use). Using a heat pad would be helpful. Some like to use ice rather heat; even alternating ice with heat is helpful.
If no improvements then certainly see your pcp to be evaluated ; investigated.
Good luck. ...Read more
Muscle spasms: It maybe that you have spinal nerve root irritation that makes the muscles of your upper back tight giving pain. This itself may have been caused by the yoga positions but ongoing yoga was able to relax the spasms. So when you stopped the yoga, you are now feeling the effects of the muscle spasms. If they have accumulated enough, resuming yoga may not help it at all. You will need to be seen. ...Read more
I have upper back pain after dropping barbell during barbell squats? What are some ways to relieve the pain?
No. But: It sound as if you are describing musle spam. This may be resulting from a lower back muscle strain. I would recommend that you perform stretching exercise along with strengthening exercises. Would recommend that you participate in a yoga class or pilates. If pain persist see your pcp for an evaluation. ...Read more
Various causes: Causes include:Food or foreign body (although f.b.is more common in kids), GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease)w.or without esophagitis, growth outside esoph, muscles &nerves in throat not working right. Making online diagnosis, as you can see, is impossible. See your doctor for evaluation. Good luck for cure. ...Read more
Anti-inflammatory: Upper back pain usually comes from a degenerative joint or disc. Sometimes it's from a muscle strain or sprain. It is common for this type of pain to refer to the head as well as shoulder blade. Early treatment options include a short course of nsaids (advil, aleve), gentle massage, moist heat, and focusing on posture. If pain lasts greater than 2 weeks see your physician. ...Read more
Early Morning for last 1mt I have Upper back pain, I cannot continue sleeping. Its not there at day time, recently started doing yoga, what's the issue?
Back pain: You may have inflammed the rib head as it inserts into the spine when doing yoga poses. Apply ice to the affected area at night and rest the upper back. Chiropractic manipulation may help to reduce the pain. Anti-inflammatory medication or muscle relaxers and massage may relieve the pain too. ...Read more
Have upper back pain, left side, started small area, now spreading some, hurts with soft touches and tshirt on, no brushing, didn't fall or hit myself?
Rash: If you are developing a rash as well this may be shingles. See you pcp sooner than later if there is a rash. This condition is best treated early on. ...Read more
Is there a serious condition? Lately when I have upper back pain, I get nausea, chills and sweat heavily?
Have upper back pain after eating but I don't have my gallbladder was taken out 5 years ago what would be wrong ty
Can a gallbladder attack make you feel like you have to cough and have upper back pain & chest pain?
It can: Biliary colic typically causes upper abdominal pain, which can radiate to back, nausea after eating, vomiting. Some attacks feel like chest pain. Not uncommon to get heart attack eval before getting gallbladder eval. Try a low fat diet, increase your hydration, get an ultrasound of your gallbladder when you visit with your doc. Be well. ...Read more
Have upper back pain feels like someone is hitting my back. As well I have pain right under my breast that won't go away. What can I do to remove pain?
More info needed: Need more info to be able to answer your question. Make n appointment with me to disuse further ...Read more
I am a 50yo overweight female with constant left sided low back/side pain x6mos that is severe at times. Sometimes I have upper back pain which wraps around above my rib cage that is worse upon waking in the am but does subside throughout the day.
Taking omprezole have upper back pain side effect thank you and thyroid level elevated 5.18 smoke e cigs?
Back discomfort: Omeprizole should not cause back discomfort. Elevation of the tsh is best evaluated by an endocrinologist or thyroidologist. Many physicians feel that there are problems with e cigarettes and hopefully you eventually will get off them. Upper back pain is often due to musculoskeletal strain. An orthopedic specialist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you. ...Read more
If you have a gallbladder functioning at 9% is it possible to have upper back pain and abdominal gnawing for 2 yrs... Now lower back hurts.?
Possibly: If the gallbladder was stated his functioning at 9% that most likely was obtained on a hida scan and you may have been encouraged to have your gallbladder removed. Stones from the gallbladder can go down the common bile duct and obstruct the pancreatic duct leading to low or upper back pain that is usually pretty severe. Liver function tests including an amylase and lipase should be considered. ...Read more
I have upper back pain (for 3 days), when I move some ways, bend over, lift things etc. I was trampolining 1wk ago could it be a muscle pain?
I don't have insurance and I need pain meds. I have upper back pain, scoliosis, two ruptured discs in back, and one in neck. How should I manage pain?
I'm 17 and have upper back pain, no trauma and it hurts when I press on it, like it is bruised. I am always tired and it worsens as the day goes on.?
Trigger Point: It could be trigger point. Get evaluated, you may benefit from trigger point injection. ...Read more
Have upper back pain/burning on both r & l side, below ribs. Pain sometimes starts in chest and radiates to back. History of low k. Can it be related?
See your doctor: With persistent symptoms such as these, your best bet is to see your doctor so he/she can examine you. ...Read more
Wondering different possibilities or if I should see a doctor. I don't have health care so I don't like going to the doctors I have upper back pain alot. When I sit my upper back curves a bit and when I forces myself to sit up straight so my back is strai
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