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"What can I do about discomfort in my back?"


When it starts hurting my chest gets real tight and I feel like I can't breath then I get sick. It hurts to move. It hurts to stay still. I don't know what to do. Please help. It's hard to play with my daughter now.


This is a good question. It is very important that you make an appointment with your primary care doctor as soon as possible to discuss your symptoms and have a full history and physical. Depending on what your doctor discovers during your visit, he or she may order imaging of your back, such as an x-ray.

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Back pain is very common and can impact almost everything that you do. There are many causes of back pain. One of the most common causes of back pain is a muscle strain (pulled muscle). This can happen if you picked something up wrong (such as your daughter) or if you slept in a weird position. This usually feels like a throbbing pain and sometimes you can actually feel the muscle go into a spasm. Another cause of back pain is a problem with your spine, such as a herniated disc. This can cause severe pain that sometimes radiates down one leg. Another cause of back pain is a urinary tract infection so take note if you have any bladder symptoms such as frequency or hesitation. Again, it is important to seek care as soon as possible to get a correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

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