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Your Mild Back Swelling May Also be Known as:
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Back slightly swollen
Mild back puffiness
Slight back puffiness
Slight back swelling

Top 7 Mild Back Swelling Causes

  1. 1.Ovarian Torsion

    The twisting, or torsion, of the ovary around its surroundings. This may result in loss of blood to both the ovary and the fallopian tube. When diagnosed, this condition is considered an emergency and requires immediate surgery.

    You should go to the emergency room immediately. Diagnosis is made by ultrasound and surgery is required if the diagnosis is confirmed.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea or vomiting, nausea, moderate abdominal pain, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps)
    Symptoms that never occur with ovarian torsion:
    diarrhea, pain below the ribs, mild abdominal pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  2. 2.Normal Occurrence of Back Pain

    Many people experience back pain sometimes, without something specifically being wrong. It seems that you have little to none symptoms that point towards something serious.

    Since your back pain looks like it is variation of normal, it doesn't require any treatment, for now. Most back pain goes away on its own, though it may take a while. You can take over the counter pain medication like Tylenol. If your back pain gets worse, persists or if additional symptoms occur, please check in again or contact your primary care physician.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    back pain, mild back pain, spontaneous mid back pain, moderate back pain, back pain all over
    Symptoms that always occur with normal occurrence of back pain:
    back pain
    Symptoms that never occur with normal occurrence of back pain:
    lower back pain from an injury, severe back pain, mid back pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  3. 3.Gallstones

    Gallstones are hardened deposits of digestive fluid that can form in your gallbladder. Your gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just beneath your liver.

    You should visit your primary care physician to speak about your pain. Your doctor would perform an ultrasound to recognize something going on in your gallbladder.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, pain in the upper right abdomen
    Symptoms that always occur with gallstones:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache)
    Symptoms that never occur with gallstones:
    abdominal pain that improves after passing stools
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.Skin Abscess

    A skin abscess is an infection of the deeper skin that's typically due to bacteria seen on the skin. Recently, infections are more frequently caused by Staph. Aureus (puts the "staph" in "staph infections").

    You should visit your primary care physician or an urgent care clinic today or tomorrow. Treatment of an abscess includes incision and drainage. It is likely you will be prescribed antibiotics as well. Surgery may be required to get rid of the whole abscess after inflammation has died down. Do not drain the abscess yourself.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    painful back lump, large back lump, marble sized back lump, pink or red back bump, back bump leaking yellow/milky fluid
    Symptoms that never occur with skin abscess:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Acute Gastritis

    Acute gastritis is the sudden onset of nausea, vomiting, and/or upper abdominal pain that's caused by inflammation of your stomach lining. If it doesn't go away, this can become an ulcer. Causes include taking a medication that affects the stomach, an infection by a bug called, "H. Pylori", or your immune system reacting to yourself.

    You should see your doctor within a few days. There, they would assess whether you require a breath test for the bug, H. Pylori, and/or a test where they put a camera down the throat to look at the stomach wall. Treatment is dependent on the outcomes of the doctor's visit. If it's just because of a medication, the first treatment would be to stop it. If it's an infection, antibiotics would be appropriate. An autoimmune reaction might require supplements with Vitamin B12. Taking an antacid may be necessary for more than one of these scenarios.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea or vomiting, nausea, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, mild abdominal pain
    Symptoms that never occur with acute gastritis:
    fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Skin Cyst

    An epidermoid cyst is a closed sac under the skin filled with a cheese-like or oily material. It is caused by trauma or surgery.

    You do not need treatment for this condition because it is completely benign; however, if the lesion changes at all, a doctor should be consulted. If you would like it removed, a doctor can cut out the cyst.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    skin-colored back bump, marble sized back lump, small back lump
    Symptoms that always occur with skin cyst:
    skin-colored back bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  7. 7.Herniated (Slipped) Disk in the Upper Back

    The backbone, or spine, is made up of 26 bones called vertebrae. In between the bones are soft disks filled with a jelly-like substance. These disks cushion the vertebrae and keep them in place. Although people talk about a slipped disk, nothing actually slips out of place. The outer shell of the disk ruptures, and the jelly-like substance bulges out. It may be pressing on a nerve, which is what causes the pain.A slipped disk is more likely to happen due to strain on the back, such as during heavy lifting, and older individuals are at higher risk.

    For treatment of a slipped disk, you should consult with your primary care physician (PCP). Your doctor will perform a thorough physical examination to localize the slipped disk and rule out dangerous complications. Most people do not require surgery for a slipped disk. Treatment involves pain relief with an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen (Advil) and/or acetaminophen (Tylenol), using heat treatments, and keeping active. It is best to avoid sitting still for long periods. Walking or swimming may help as well.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    upper back pain, neck pain, arm weakness, back pain that gets worse when sitting, upper spine pain
    Symptoms that always occur with herniated (slipped) disk in the upper back:
    upper back pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Mild Back Swelling

  • Q.How long has your back been swollen?
  • Q.Is your back swelling constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long has your back pain been going on?
  • Q.Have you been feeling more tired than usual, lethargic or fatigued despite sleeping a normal amount?

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Mild Back Swelling Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced mild back swelling have also experienced:

    • 22% Lower Back Pain
    • 22% Back Pain
    • 11% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
  • People who have experienced mild back swelling had symptoms persist for:

    • 33% Less Than a Week
    • 25% Less Than a Day
    • 20% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced mild back swelling were most often matched with:

    • 20% Ovarian Torsion
    • 20% Normal Occurrence of Back Pain
    • 20% Gallstones

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