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Why Does My Upper Back Hurt
Back pain : Many causes for pain in back. When you breathe deeply you ribs and the muscles connecting them stretch and if you have strained your back this could be a cause for your pain. Have your doctor examine your back while breathing deeply. This can guide further work up. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Need evaluation: Anatomically, the upper abdomen includes: spleen, pancreas, stomach, descending duodenum, mid colon & flexures, associated vessels & aorta, liver, gallbladder, biliary tree. Don't forget the diaphragm, heart, & lower chest are pretty close by. Many of these organs & areas "refer" pain to the back. An exam is appropriate for clarity of diagnosis & treatment--please see your doctor next. ...Read more
I don't know: You may have an infection, you could of swallowed something that irritated that area when passing it, maybe a bee flew in your mouth and stung you? Without a good history and exam, it is not truly possible to tell you what is wrong. Without any major history, possible viral or bacterial infection is most probable, see a dr. For eval, good luck. ...Read more
Back pain from cough: Your lungs fill your chest cavity .When you cough, you take a deep breath in, then the vocal cords close. This causes a rapid increase in pressure within the chest cavity by contracting the muscles between the ribs and the diaphragm muscles. Then the vocal cords open to let the air out rapidly. The high pressure in the chest as well as the contraction of the muscles cause the back pain. ...Read more
Go get checked out: If one is having pleuritic pain (pain when one breathes deeply), associated with fast heart beat and gasping for air, all occurring at the same time, not resolving, lasting longer than about 10minutes , then it is best to call 911, especially if one recently travelled long distances (ex: >4 hours by car/plane without moving around), had recent surgery, smoke, and/or take birth control pills. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Infection: It sounds like you might have a urinary tract infection. You should get seen today. If it is an infection and it does not get treated, it could spread to your kidneys and blood stream and that is very serious! If you have fever over 100 deg. F., vomiting, or mid back pain or constant abdominal pain, go to the ER now. ...Read more
Wild guess: Sensation of burning in the back usually comes from superficial nerve endings that would be triggered by muscle stretch or joint/muscle fatigue. It can also be from a deep spinal nerve in the back being pinched by a disc protrusion or rarely even a tumor. If it is constant or progressive have it checked by a neuromuscular physician or neurologist. ...Read more
Spine Pain Options: This chronic pain in the distribution as you suggested is the result of an irritated nerve or facet joints or other injury typically in the lumbar spine (low back) which are caused by herniated disks, spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease, etc requiring further evaluation by a spine specialist and may be candidate for facet injections/radiofrequency ablation and epidural steroid injection. ...Read more
Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, i would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Rib dislocation: Could be a rib dislocation or possibly costochondritis (inflammation of where the ribs and cartilage meet). I would recommend seeing a osteopathic physician to see if they can correct the rib issue. Many times they can place the rib back in proper alignment. Make sure you see a do that does manipulation as their main practice, they are the best. ...Read more
Referred Pain: The nerves that go to your colon start in the low back. During constipation, there is extra strain on the colon. This irritation can travel along the nerves and effect the other nerves that go to the muscles and other tissues in the area. This is a viscero-somatic reflex. Another explanation is that simply having extra stool in the colon may cause an abnormal strain on the lumbo-sacral joints. ...Read more
Risk of arthritis!: Soda consumption is associated with increased risk of diabetes & heart disease, but a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (7/2014) found that sugary sodas when consumed regularly can increase by 63% the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. More likely than not however your situational back pain reflects referred discomfort from a distended gut due to the fizz in soda. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See details: It is impossible to say without being able to examine you and order appropriate studies. Have it evaluated. ...Read more
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