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8 Potential Muscle Pain in the Mid Back Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.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.

    1-2 weeks

    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
  2. 2.Traumatic Vertebral Fracture

    Vertebral fracture is a fracture or dislocation of a vertebra that can cause bone fragments to pinch and damage the spinal nerves or spinal cord. Most spinal fractures occur from car accidents, falls, gunshot, or sports.

    Variable depending on severity (months)

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    back pain, constant back pain, severe back pain, back pain that shoots down the leg, back pain affecting the spine
    Symptoms that always occur with traumatic vertebral fracture:
    back pain
    Symptoms that never occur with traumatic vertebral fracture:
    mild back pain
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  3. 3.Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis)

    Pyelonephritis is the medical term for a kidney infection. This can arise as a result of a bladder infection that travels upstream. A kidney infection is usually bacterial in nature, and can cause pain on the side of the stomach, high fever, nausea, and blood in the urine.

    Course of antibiotics for 7-14 days, but symptoms should begin to improve after 48 hours.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, pelvis pain, back pain, vomiting
    Symptoms that never occur with kidney infection (pyelonephritis):
    mid back pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  4. 4.Spine Metastases

    Bone metastases occur when tumor cells migrate from the original tumor site and cause a secondary tumor elsewhere in the body. The spine is a common location for metastases to appear and symptoms generally include pain and tingling.

    Outcome is dependent on severity of disease and treatment given.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    back pain, lower back pain, fatigue, mid back pain, urinary changes
    Symptoms that always occur with spine metastases:
    back pain
    Symptoms that never occur with spine metastases:
    back pain from overuse, lower back pain from an injury, mid back pain from an injury, mid back pain from overuse
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  5. 5.Vertebral Osteomyelitis

    Infection of the spinal bones (Vertebral Osteomyelitis) is caused by the spread of bacteria through the blood from another body part that lands in the spine. It's typically caused by bugs named Staph. Aureus (40-50% of the time), streptococci (12%), e.coli (9%), and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (6%).

    6 weeks of antibiotics typically clears things up

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    upper back pain, spontaneous neck or back pain, fever, foot numbness, upper leg numbness
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room
  6. 6.Uterine Fibroids

    Uterine fibroids are noncancerous tumors in the uterus. They are common in women of childbearing age.

    Treatment ranges from medication to surgical removal of the fibroid.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal bleeding, pelvis pain, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), painful periods, irregular period
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Ibs)

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is very common problem that affects the large intestine. It can cause stomach pain, cramps, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea. Doctors think that IBS is caused by the brain sending wrong messages to the bowels, such as during times of high stress, causing physical changes.

    IBS is a chronic condition that may last for years, but it is not life-threatening and does not damage the bowels or lead to more serious illnesses.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea or vomiting, constipation, stool changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Bacterial Pneumonia

    Bacterial pneumonia is the infection of the lungs with bacteria (as opposed to a fungus or a virus).

    1-3 weeks

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, cough, headache, loss of appetite, shortness of breath
    Symptoms that always occur with bacterial pneumonia:
    cough
    Urgency:
    In-person visit

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Muscle Pain in the Mid Back

  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?
  • Q.Did you just suffer from a high impact injury (e.g., a fall, collision, accident or sports trauma)?

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Muscle Pain in the Mid Back Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced muscle pain in the mid back have also experienced:

    • 4% Lower Back Pain
    • 4% Mid Back Pain
    • 3% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
  • People who have experienced muscle pain in the mid back had symptoms persist for:

    • 31% Less Than a Day
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 24% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced muscle pain in the mid back were most often matched with:

    • 28% Normal Occurrence of Back Pain
    • 14% Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis)
    • 5% Traumatic Vertebral Fracture
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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