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What does an upper back pain mean?

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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Upper Back Pain (Definition)

Upper back pain is discomfort or pain in the back at the level of the rib cage to the neck. While upper back pain is not as common as low 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 ...Read more


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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

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

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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.

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

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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?

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

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I have pain between my chest & stomach burp a lot tightness in chest upper back pain nausea fast heartbeat contraption headache what does that mean?

I have pain between my chest & stomach burp a lot tightness in chest upper back pain nausea fast heartbeat contraption headache what does that mean?

Combination: Much of what you describe could be caused by air swallowing and anxiety. Having said that, it is not possible to have confidence in that without seeing and evaluating a patient. Seeing your dr. Is needed if these symptoms are repetitive. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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?

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

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I have upper back pain between the shoulder blades. Seems to be more on the right. What should I do to relieve the pain?

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 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

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I have upper back pain after dropping barbell during barbell squats? What are some ways to relieve the pain?

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

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I have upper-back pain when I run. How can this be fixed?

I have upper-back pain when I run. How can this be fixed?

Therapy: I would suggest seeing a spine specialist to rule out any more concerning causes and likely starting with a course of physical therapy. You might also want to try more cross training and limit the total amount that you run. ...Read more

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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back is also known as Back pain. Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


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Back Pain (Definition)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems ...Read more


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