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What Causes Pain In Upper Back And Left Side Of Rib Cage?

I m experiencing some pain in my upper middle back on both sides and on my left side at the bottom of my rib cage. I having some real concerns. I did have an infected tick bite with swelling in the face and fever and 3 weeks ago and didn t know if that has anything to do with it. My mind is going to the worse possible senarios. I had some blood work done and it came be normal and a cat scan for my intestinal region because I was experiencing a lot of pain but that also came back normal.
Thu, 26 Nov 2020
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Hello,

It is good to know that your blood reports and CAT scan for intestinal regions are normal. Pain in the upper back is commonly due to overuse, strain due to heavy work or weight lifting, injury to the muscles, ligaments, poor posture, slip discs, herniated disc, developing OA, RA or sciatica. You should check the mattress on which you sleep, it should be medium firm. Maintain correct posture while sitting, standing or sleeping. Heating pads, pain relieving ointment or sprays may help.

You can take Naproxen or Combiflam one SOS when pain. Stretch exercises under a physiotherapist may ease pain. Avoid constipation, take laxatives at bed time. Stay well hydrated. If you do not get relieve get clinically examined by an orthopedics you may need to do blood tests to detect arthritis and get X-ray / CT done for the area affected. You will be treated accordingly. Left sided pain may be indicative of developing CAD (pericarditis, angina, symptoms of heart attack, etc).

You are suggested to get routine cardiac function tests and investigations done. Your treatment will depend on your symptoms and severity of the pathology detected. If obese, do regular walking and exercises. Avoid oily, spicy food. Stay away from carbohydrates, sugars, trans fat, full fat dairy products, etc. Take food cooked in olive oil. Take whole cereals, fruits and veggies.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Nupur K., General & Family Physician
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What Causes Pain In Upper Back And Left Side Of Rib Cage?

Hello, It is good to know that your blood reports and CAT scan for intestinal regions are normal. Pain in the upper back is commonly due to overuse, strain due to heavy work or weight lifting, injury to the muscles, ligaments, poor posture, slip discs, herniated disc, developing OA, RA or sciatica. You should check the mattress on which you sleep, it should be medium firm. Maintain correct posture while sitting, standing or sleeping. Heating pads, pain relieving ointment or sprays may help. You can take Naproxen or Combiflam one SOS when pain. Stretch exercises under a physiotherapist may ease pain. Avoid constipation, take laxatives at bed time. Stay well hydrated. If you do not get relieve get clinically examined by an orthopedics you may need to do blood tests to detect arthritis and get X-ray / CT done for the area affected. You will be treated accordingly. Left sided pain may be indicative of developing CAD (pericarditis, angina, symptoms of heart attack, etc). You are suggested to get routine cardiac function tests and investigations done. Your treatment will depend on your symptoms and severity of the pathology detected. If obese, do regular walking and exercises. Avoid oily, spicy food. Stay away from carbohydrates, sugars, trans fat, full fat dairy products, etc. Take food cooked in olive oil. Take whole cereals, fruits and veggies. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Nupur K., General & Family Physician