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I have a sharp pain from the middle of my back, laying down

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i have a sharp pain from the middle of my back
JA: Have you had any recent injuries? What seems to make the pain better or worse?
Customer: laying down seems to make it worse
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


Most likely a spine [disc] or back muscle problem.

However, be aware that certain other cause of pain can radiate to the back:

Early pneumonia [you would develop cough]

Organ disease, gallbladder for example.

Great vessel disease: aortic dissection which is very serious.

If this is new pain, it needs an exam.

I would suggest urgent care now.

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Expert:  Nadim Al-Mubarak replied 1 year ago.


  • The above is just a list that say "every organ round the chest could be the source of the pain". Well .. !!!
  • The most common source of this pain is muscle strain and cramps which can be treated with anti-inflammatory painkiller and muscle relaxant (OTC: Advil and Muscle Ease)
  • IF no response within 1-2 days, then you need to be checked by your family doctor. You have not provided any information that warrant a visit to UC, though it's not unreasonable if you wish to have a direct exam and testing
  • If the pain is severe, tearing in character, may involve the front of the chest, or have other symptms along with that such as fever, chills, cough, arm weakness, ANY of these symptoms etc. , then you have to go to the ER

Best wishes