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Im a 20 year old female and i have been having some serious upper back pain that comes and goes and feels very sharp. I have no idea what it can be? Can it be related to my heart? It seems to be really bad at night or when im super stressed and it does not happen all the time. The last time i have had the back pain im experiencing now was in november. Please help. Any ideas what might be causing the pain?


  • suzen11ssuzen11 Posts: 5
    edited 04/25/2013 - 7:24 PM
    Exercise to stretch and strengthen the muscles of your back, shoulders, and stomach.and Physical therapy to help increase your flexibility, strength, and balance. Your physical therapist may teach you an exercise program so you can do it at home

    I don't think is back pain is related of heart
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  • HesterHHester Posts: 90
    edited 04/26/2013 - 1:15 AM
    Women usually have "atypical" heart attack pain. This might include upper back pain that spreads to the neck or jaw. Usually heart attack pain is worse upon exercise and gets better when a person lays down. I do doubt you are having heart pain but I'm not a doctor and certainly not a cardiologist. Heart pain is often accompanied by sweating and breathlessness. If you are very overweight, it is a remote possibility. If you are a runner, you could have a bridging problem, but that would also be seen upon exertion. Nerve pain from your back can be sharp but usually is NOT restricted to stress and would show up with certain movements. Muscle or ligament pain can be induced by stress especially around the neck (our stress area). I would see a massage therapist to get some work done on your neck, head, jaw and upper back and see if that helps. Looking down gently and slowly and then all the way up to stretch the neck can help, especially if you do a lot of sitting all day in school and reading at night. Sleeping: you might need a better pillow to control your symptoms. BTW, leaky gut "gas" pains can move into the back and shoulders and might also be accompanied by belching. You could try a "GasEx" product to see if that makes it better.
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  • You really need to see your doctor about this to get it investigated to find out what is causing your pain.
    It could be several things and your doctor needs to examine you and take your medical history.
    None of us here are medically trained and we could give you completely false information.
    Please do get yourself checked out and come and talk to us when you know what your problem is.
    I hope that you will get some answers very soon. :-)

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