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Pregnant, upper back pain. Normal?

I am 27 weeks pregnant and I have a severe pain in my upper back. Some spot between my 5th and 6th rib. on the Left side. It s rather deep and hurts when I take deep breaths stand sit or lay down. The baby is kicking and moving around just fine as usual. It started the day before today. It has not lessened. Most things I read say when your rpegnant this is normal but the pain is rather intense. On a scale from 1-10 i d place it at an 8 when moving around.
Sat, 20 Oct 2012
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OBGYN 's  Response
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The pain can be due to acidity or gastric oesophageal reflux which is very common in pregnancy for which you should avoid spicy food and drink cold milk and take an antacid.Another cause can be pressure of baby on diaphragm and it can be muscular pain also.Anxiety and lack of sleep also causes similar pain.It is better to consult your obstetrician for further evaluation.
Best wishes and take care
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OBGYN Dr. Shanti Vennam's  Response
Hi,
Your pain looks like a muscle spasm and it is usual for such pain to develop during pregnancy as the uterus enlarges and there is postural change and also stretching of the abdominal muscles. You can apply local antispasmodic ointment or spray and rest. If it does not subside see your doctor. Analgesics may be taken after consulting your doctor. Take care.
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Pregnant, upper back pain. Normal?

Hello Welcome to HCM forum The pain can be due to acidity or gastric oesophageal reflux which is very common in pregnancy for which you should avoid spicy food and drink cold milk and take an antacid.Another cause can be pressure of baby on diaphragm and it can be muscular pain also.Anxiety and lack of sleep also causes similar pain.It is better to consult your obstetrician for further evaluation. Best wishes and take care