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What are symptoms of upper and middle back pain?

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Pain in your upper and middle back may be described as:

  • Aching
  • Stiffness
  • Sharp
  • Burning

You might have more serious symptoms, too. These can include:

  • Weakness in your arms or legs
  • Tingling or numbness in your arms, legs, chest, or belly
  • Losing control of your bladder or bowels

SOURCES:

UK National Health Service: “Back Pain Guide.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Upper and Middle Back Pain.”

Johns Hopkins Health Library: “Facts about the Spine, Shoulder and Pelvis.”

NorthShore University Health System Health Encyclopedia: “Upper and Middle Back Pain.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions -- The Basics of Back Pain.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions -- Osteoarthritis,” “Diseases and Conditions -- Myofascial pain syndrome,” “Diseases and Conditions – Gallstones,” “Diseases and Conditions -- Back pain.”

National Institutes of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: What is Back Pain?

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 17, 2016

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SOURCES:

UK National Health Service: “Back Pain Guide.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Upper and Middle Back Pain.”

Johns Hopkins Health Library: “Facts about the Spine, Shoulder and Pelvis.”

NorthShore University Health System Health Encyclopedia: “Upper and Middle Back Pain.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions -- The Basics of Back Pain.”

Mayo Clinic: “Diseases and Conditions -- Osteoarthritis,” “Diseases and Conditions -- Myofascial pain syndrome,” “Diseases and Conditions – Gallstones,” “Diseases and Conditions -- Back pain.”

National Institutes of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: What is Back Pain?

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on October 17, 2016

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