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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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