• melodicxdreams melodicxdreams
    October 10, 2011
    Occassional Mild Pain In Left/Middle Back
    melodicxdreams melodicxdreams
    October 10, 2011
    Lately I've been having some pain in the middle/left part of my back. Sometimes it stays a few hours, sometimes a few days. It isn't terribly painful just pretty uncomfortable and seems to happen more so when I am sitting at work. When I feel my back to kind of massage it in the area it does feel somewhat tight. What could this be and is there any reason to go to my doctor? READ MORE


  • Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    October 17, 2011
    Karen Lee Richards
    Health Guide
    October 17, 2011

    There can be a number of causes for middle/left back pain.  The most frequent cause is muscle strain or muscle spasms.  Since you said the painful area feels tight, that's a good possibility.  Other common causes of pain in that area can be discs that are beginning to deteriorate or arthritis. 


    You mentioned that it happens more often when you're sitting at work.  If possible, try a more ergonomic-friendly chair and/or try to stand up and gently stretch or walk around for a few minutes every half hour or so.  I've found that sitting for long periods of time in one position can cause muscles to tighten up and be painful. 


    Other simple things you might try include using ice packs or heat packs –  whichever seems to help the most, taking an anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen or aspirin, or applying a topical pain reliever.


    If you think it's a muscle strain or spasm, a massage therapist should be able to help you.  He/she can also show you some exercises that will help relieve tight muscles. 


    If none of these things help or if the pain gets worse, it would be good to check with your doctor.   


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