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Dr. Mark, Neurologist (MD)
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Experience:  Neurosurgeon - Brain, spine, and peripheral nerve surgery
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Not sure if this is a neurological question, but I happened

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Hi, not sure if this is a neurological question, but I happened upon your site, so I'll pose the question. I have intermittent mild to moderately uncomfortable pain in my back on the right side starting just above my waist and radiating upwards to just below my shoulder blades. Any initial thoughts on what this might be?
JA: Have you had any recent injuries? What seems to make the pain better or worse?
Customer: No recent injuries. Just started today and no discernable reason for why it hurts more one minute versus another.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: Not that I can readily think of. 55 years old. I've been very health with good annual physical results and I'm very active, working out 5-6 times per week.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 months ago.

Hello, this is Dr. David. I am reviewing your question now and will be with you momentarily.

Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 months ago.

I am sorry you are having this pain.

your pain can be due to a strained muscle, or a mild herniated disk bulging out and pressing on nerves exiting the spinal canal.

that is good you have been very active.

does the pain get worse when you bend over or lift heavy objects?