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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Rib Pain in the Mid Back

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced rib pain in the mid back. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  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

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  2. 2.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
  3. 3.Kidney Stone

    A kidney stone is a solid piece of material that forms in the kidney from substances in the urine. Most kidney stones pass out of the body without help from a doctor. But sometimes a stone will not go away. It may get stuck in the urinary tract, block the flow of urine and cause great pain.

    The prognosis for a kidney stone is good, as it is not a chronic condition. Once the stone has passed, the pain will go away. However, if you have had a kidney stone, you have about a 1 in 2 chance of getting another one in five to seven years. This can be prevented by: 1. Drinking more than 2 liters (2.11 quarts) of water a day. 2. Eating a healthy diet with foods rich in calcium such as milk and other dairy products, peas and beans, leafy green vegetables, nuts, and bony fish like sardines and salmon. 3. Avoiding use of lots of salt in cooking. 4. Eating more vegetables, as they help make urine less acidic.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal or flank pain, nausea, abdominal pain that comes and goes, diarrhea, pelvis pain
    Symptoms that always occur with kidney stone:
    abdominal or flank pain
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

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

  • Q.Have you noticed a change in your height (since your tallest recorded height)?
  • Q.Did you just suffer from a high impact injury (e.g., a fall, collision, accident or sports trauma)?
  • Q.Have you experienced any nausea?
  • Q.Do you currently smoke?

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Rib Pain in the Mid Back Symptom Checker Statistics

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

    • 3% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)
    • 3% Nausea
    • 3% Pain in the Upper Right Abdomen
  • People who have experienced rib pain in the mid back had symptoms persist for:

    • 30% Less Than a Day
    • 27% Less Than a Week
    • 24% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced rib pain in the mid back were most often matched with:

    • 46% Kidney Infection (Pyelonephritis)
    • 46% Kidney Stone
    • 7% Normal Occurrence of Back Pain
  • 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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