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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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