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Experiencing Constant Upper Back Pain, Upper Neck Pain. Should I Be Concerned?

Hi. I am 39 y old female and I am experiencing constant upper back pain for more than 2 months, the condition worsened (pain got intensive) in last couple of days. The pain is constant, a bit stronger in the morning, also present in the night. The body position does not affect it. A year ago I had parvovirus B19 and still have waves of joint pain and stiffness that include an upper neck pain , but not so strong and long lasting as it is now. Should I be concerned about my current condition? Thanks, Tanja
Thu, 11 Jul 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response

Hi Tanja, Thanks for using HCM.

Parvovirus B19 usually presents with erythema and also arthritis in adults. Pain at joints wont progress and can be relieved by analgesics(NSAID). No need to cencerned for this. But constant neck and upperback pain may be due to disc or spinal nerve compression or musculo skeletal pain. Take analgesic with muscle relaxant and mild stretching exercises every day and reduce your weight. This may relieve your pain, if not then consult your doctor for examination and management.
Hope I answered your question. Feel free to ask me if you have any further queries.
Wish you good health. Take care.

Regards
Dr. Lohit
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General & Family Physician Dr. David Okia's  Response
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Yes you should be concerned about your condition
You need to see orthopedic surgeon so that an X-RAY of the spine and where need be CT of spine can be down to rule out any pathologies.
I would recommend in addition blood tests like complete blood count, tests to rule out presence of parvovirus etc
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Experiencing Constant Upper Back Pain, Upper Neck Pain. Should I Be Concerned?

Hi Tanja, Thanks for using HCM. Parvovirus B19 usually presents with erythema and also arthritis in adults. Pain at joints wont progress and can be relieved by analgesics(NSAID). No need to cencerned for this. But constant neck and upperback pain may be due to disc or spinal nerve compression or musculo skeletal pain. Take analgesic with muscle relaxant and mild stretching exercises every day and reduce your weight. This may relieve your pain, if not then consult your doctor for examination and management. Hope I answered your question. Feel free to ask me if you have any further queries. Wish you good health. Take care. Regards Dr. Lohit