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Got upper back pain due to exercising. Applied anti inflammatory cream. Pain radiated to left breast. How should I treat this?

Hi, I am 32y/o female. I have recently started exercising (couple of months ago). Two weeks ago I woke with upper back pain. Exercising seemed to make this worse so I decreased upper body work. I got massages in the area and have been applying anti inflammatory cream. It got better for a few days and has now returned and the pain is now radiating to my left breast. It hurts intensely when I sneeze. Does this sound muscular? How should I treat this?
Asked On : Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
Thanks for writing to us.
The pain that you have described seems to be muscular in nature. Most of the times such pains respond to pain killers, muscle relaxants, hot fomentation and application of a local analgesic gel in the area. taking rest is also essential for relief.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Praveen Tayal
Answered: Tue, 9 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Muhammad Ishfaq Habib's  Response
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It seems that you have cause trauma either to your thoracic vertebrae or have caused costochondritis with exertional exercise. Continue such exercise will worsen the condition therefore it is recommended to have some rest until the symptoms resolve and use anti inflammatory drugs for symptoms relieve.

Answered: Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Sunil Kumar Srivastava's  Response
It sounds muscular,although get xray of dorsal spine Ap and Lat views for screening purpose.Continue cream and massage and hot fomentation in the morning.
Answered: Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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