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Why do I have pain in the middle of my back?

Answered by: Dr. Mathew Varghese
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Director,
St. Stephens Hospital,
New Delhi

Q. I am a 29 years old man having pain in the middle of my back on the left side of the spineEarlier, it was on both the sides of the spine for about two weeks. I had a strenuous journey last week in an extremely cold weather and the pain got aggravated while bringing down my luggage from the carrier of the car. The pain has receded over time but not gone completely. I feel difficulty in bending forward, trying to touch my knees with my forehead and stretching and twisting towards the left. I had taken Nise twice, Omez-20 and Digene once after 2 days, when the pain was unbearable due the exertion while lowering my luggage. What are the causes and consequences of this problem?

A.  You are young and your pain is in the middle of your back. This is not the usual site of pain for the young people but the mode of onset of symptoms can be explained by your pulling down a heavy luggage. I hope you have no other symptoms like fever, weight loss or joint pain. Such pain could also be brought on by long bumpy ride in a vehicle. Usually there is some muscle or ligamentous has strained that causes pain. In the back this may take about six weeks to heal. So, don’t worry it will settle in due course of time. Medicines are not important but you must avoid carrying heavy luggage. If this is the cause of pain it should settle in due course if this is not the cause it will not settle. Then you will need investigations. Keep medicines only on as-and-when required basis. Safest would be Paracetamol 500 mg two or three times a day. In case you have persistent pain you will need x-rays of the back.

A.  You are young and your pain is in the middle of your back. This is not the usual site of pain for the young people but the mode of onset of symptoms can be explained by your pulling down a heavy luggage. I hope you have no other symptoms like fever, weight loss or joint pain. Such pain could also be brought on by long bumpy ride in a vehicle. Usually there is some muscle or ligamentous has strained that causes pain. In the back this may take about six weeks to heal. So, don’t worry it will settle in due course of time. Medicines are not important but you must avoid carrying heavy luggage. If this is the cause of pain it should settle in due course if this is not the cause it will not settle. Then you will need investigations. Keep medicines only on as-and-when required basis. Safest would be Paracetamol 500 mg two or three times a day. In case you have persistent pain you will need x-rays of the back.

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