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Rib Pain in The Mid Back Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your rib pain in the mid back symptoms, including 3 causes and common questions.

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Contents

  1. 3 Possible Rib Pain In The Mid Back Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

3 Possible Rib Pain In The Mid Back Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced rib pain in the mid back. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Normal occurrence of back pain

A normal occurrence of back pain refers to back pain that is caused by common, less serious causes. The nature of the back pain, including its onset, location, severity, and duration depends on the cause.

Common causes of back pain include muscle...

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Kidney infection (pyelonephritis)

A kidney infection, or pyelonephritis, is actually a type of urinary tract infection (UTI) that begins in the urethra or bladder and spreads to the kidneys.

The infection is caused by bacteria that either travel into the urethra or spread from an infection elsewhere in the body.

Women, especially pregnant women, are most susceptible. Anyone who has had a urinary tract blockage, or uses a catheter, or has a weakened immune system is also at risk for a kidney infection.

Symptoms include fever; chills; back and abdominal pain; and frequent, painful urination. If there is also nausea and vomiting and discolored, foul-smelling urine, take the patient to the emergency room or call 9-1-1.

Left untreated, pyelonephritis can cause permanent damage to the kidneys. Bacteria can also enter the bloodstream and cause a life-threatening infection elsewhere in the body.

Diagnosis is made through urine test, blood test, and sometimes imaging such as ultrasound, CT scan, or x-ray.

Treatment includes antibiotics and sometimes hospitalization.

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

Kidney stone

A kidney stone is a stone made up of various possible materials that forms in the kidneys. Factors that increase the risk of forming kidney stones include high levels of calcium, uric acid, and oxalate in the urine, low levels of citrate in the urine, abnormal urine pH, low urine volume, certain urin...

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Rib Pain In The Mid Back

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

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

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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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 were most often matched with:

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

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

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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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.