Middle Back Pain Symptoms

Middle Back Pain Symptoms

Regardless of how mild or severe the middle back pain is, it can be quite the nuisance. This pain normally reduces the quality of your life by restricting some of your upper body functions. The middle back is located between the bottom of the shoulder blades and the lower part of the ribcage.  Pain in this region could be as a result of an injury, muscle spasm, pinched nerve, internal organ infection or even due to an underlying problem such as cancer, osteoporosis, tumors or arthritis. There is a myriad of symptoms that come with this pain depending on the cause, severity of damage and the position the pain is emanating from on your body.

Knowing and understanding your symptoms is the first and most crucial step to your recovery. With that in mind, below are some of the most common symptoms of middle back pain.

Symptoms associated with middle back pain as a result of urinary tract infection

This condition is usually as a result of infection to the kidney, bladder or urethra

  • Urge to urinate frequently
  • Blood in urine
  • Loss of bowel control
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Feebleness in your arms or legs
  • Experiencing very high fever and sometimes shaking
  • Sudden, excruciating pain usually on one side of the middle back
  • Tenderness or a lumpy feeling in the location where the pain is emanating from on your body
  • A burning sensation when you urinate
  • Noticing some strange smell in your urine

Symptoms that are as a result of muscles, joints, and bones impairment

This condition is usually as a result of overworking the muscles, wrong posture, stress, muscle degeneration or injuries from car accidents to sporting activities. The symptoms include;

  • Inability to move some parts of the body.
  • Sharp, severe middle back pain especially after performing strenuous work.
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control as a result of an injury.
  • Experiencing muscle spasms.
  • The affected area may become painful on touching, and other times it may bruise. This pain is usually as a result of a rib fracture.
  • The pain gets worse on moving or doing certain activities.
  • The pain is constant or keeps coming and going.
  • Pain that starts suddenly.
  • You may experience muscle tightness or stiffness especially after performing a strenuous activity.
  • Difficulty standing up straight hence, resulting in a stooped posture.
  • Tight muscles and muscle knots.

Symptoms associated with nerves issues

This condition occurs when the nerve is pinched or compressed by either a herniated disc or bone. The symptoms include;

  • Numbness and a tingling sensation in the neck, arms, fingers, shoulders legs, chest or belly.
  • The pain increases when you cough, sneeze or laugh.
  • Pain increases when you bend forward, twist the neck or torso or when you lay down.
  • Pain that extends down towards your legs.
  • The ache is accompanied by weakness in your shoulders and legs.

Symptoms that are as a result of cardiovascular issues (heart and blood circulation)

  • Palpitation in the inner arms
  • Chest pain or pressure in your chest areas
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Fast or uneven heartbeat
  • Feeling light headed
  • Vomiting
  • Experiencing excruciating pain that is accompanied by a rash that is red and itchy
  • The ache tends to get aggravated when you cough
  • The pain is usually sudden and may last up to fifteen minutes

Other symptoms that point to an underlying problem include;

  • Pain that gets worse when you lie down
  • Pain that has persisted for over a month
  • Pain that is unresponsive to various forms of treatment
  • Pain that keeps getting worse day after day
  • Losing weight drastically
  • Experiencing middle back pain paired with a history of cancer, drug abuse, osteoporosis or alcoholism
  • Loss of appetite
  • Feeling tired
  • As you can see above, the symptoms are similar regardless of the cause of your pain. Hence, getting a checkup from your health professional is crucial.


Getting a check-up from your health professional will help you get to the root of the actual cause of your middle back pain. The symptoms you will explain to him will aid him in figuring out what it is that may be causing the pain. It is imperative that you explain your symptoms clearly and honestly no matter how embarrassing you think they are.

Later on, your health professional may be required to conduct some physical tests on you that will give a clearer picture of where your pain is emanating from, as well as the extent of inflammation or injury. In addition to that, he may be required to perform some blood tests to check for infections or do some imaging test such as x-rays and CT scans to check for any bone or nerve damage. These tests will guide him in coming up with the right diagnosis and treatment for your condition. It is imperative that you ask your health professional questions to make sure you understand your diagnosis, the treatment he will recommend and recovery strategy.

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