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What Does Upper Back Pain Mean
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
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
Posture!: Most of the people that come to me with this type of pain (pain not from an injury) are doing something repeatedly or for long periods of time where they hold their arms out in front of them. (reading, computing, etc.) they have pain in the rhomboidal muscles, or trapezius. They respond to nsaias and stretching exercises usually, with physical therapy for some. Correcting the posture can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Various Causes: There are very many causes of upper back pain. You need to get evaluated by a spinal specialist and your pcp to arrive at a diagnosis. It may or may not be related to your spine. It could be muscle related, or even causes like vascular pathologies can cause pain in the same area, and many other type causes.... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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