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    Upper and Middle Back Pain - Symptoms

    In general, symptoms of upper and middle back pain may:

    • Feel like a dull, burning, or sharp pain.
    • Be felt at a single point or over a broad area.
    • Start suddenly or slowly get worse.
    • Be constant or come and go.
    • Occur with muscle tightness or stiffness.
    • Get worse when you do certain activities or move and sit in a certain way.

    More serious symptoms that need to be treated right away include:

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    • Weakness in your arms or legs.
    • Numbness or tingling in your arms, legs, chest, or belly.
    • Loss of bowel or bladder control.

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