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Dr. Brian Le Dr. Le
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What does an upper back pain mean?

Dr. Brian Le Dr. Le
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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

Dr. Praveen Mambalam
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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


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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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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 when I tense's my back. I feel like it is also in my chest right in the center of my chest?

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

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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?

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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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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Have upper back pain when I take break from Bikram yoga. What should I do?

Have upper back pain when I take break from Bikram yoga. What should I do?

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

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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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It feels like something is stuck in my throat, I have upper back pain too. What could be wrong?

It feels like something is stuck in my throat, I have upper back pain too. What could be wrong?

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

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What can I do if I have upper back pain under the left shoulder blade?

What can I do if I have upper back pain under the left shoulder blade?

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

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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?

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

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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

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Is there a serious condition? Lately when I have upper back pain, I get nausea, chills and sweat heavily?

Is there a serious condition? Lately when I have upper back pain, I get nausea, chills and sweat heavily?

Pain and vasovagal: Pain so severe as to create a vasovagal episode (sweats, low blood pressure, passing out) is not normal. Electric shocks in the back and legs often indicate nerve irritation. The root cause cannot be determined here, but I would have it investigated. ...Read more

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I have upper back pain due to trampoline gymnastics and it cracks when I do certain moves, is there anything I should be doing?

Yes, rest.: Any thing that hurts due to any exercise needs rest to heal. Stop your exercises and let it rest till the pain goes away completely. Applying heat and taking medicines like Advil or Aleve (naproxen) should help. If not better in 10 days then see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a gallbladder attack make you feel like you have to cough and have upper back pain & chest pain?

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

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Taking omprezole have upper back pain side effect thank you and thyroid level elevated 5.18 smoke e cigs?

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

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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

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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 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?

Likely: Positional sharp pain that is reproducible by pressing on that location is generally muscular or sprain-related. Rec: stretching (yoga), heat pads, rest. May take 1-2 weeks to improve. ...Read more

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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?

Tough situation: Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Motrin at the recommended dose. Look up "Back in Control" for reading. Check in with your local health clinic for referral to chronic pain management. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back = dorsalgia = discomfort of any ...Read more