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What could be causing severe mid-back and upper stomach pain a month after giving birth?


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Published At November 30, 2023
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have been experiencing severe pain in the middle of my back, sometimes extending from my upper stomach area. Currently, the pain is concentrated in the right center of my back. I recently gave birth to a baby about a month ago. What could be causing this discomfort? Please help.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have read your query and understand your concern.

This could be due to trapezitis, which is inflammation of the upper back muscle. I suggest the following things you can do to help:

  1. Avoid lifting heavy things.

  2. When picking up something from the floor, bend your knees instead of arching your back.

  3. Do not sit for long periods.

  4. Avoid riding on two-wheelers.

  5. Try to sit with your back straight to improve your posture.

  6. Stand up and walk every 20 minutes if you have been sitting for a while. Use a chair with back support.

  7. When getting up from a lying position, turn to the side first, then get up.

  8. Only take bed rest if the pain is severe.

  9. Apply hot packs to the affected area at least twice daily.

  10. Apply Oxalgin gel (Diclofenac sodium 10mg, Methyl salicylate 150 mg, and Menthol 50 mg) locally twice daily.

  11. I suggest you consider taking the following tablets if you are not allergic to them and have no history of bronchial asthma. Tablet Paracetamol 650 mg twice daily for ten days after food, tablet Rabeprazole 20 mg twice daily for ten days before food, tablet Shelcal CT (Calcitriol 0.25mcg and Elemental Calcium 500 mg) once a day for 30 days before food, and tablet D-Shine 60 K (vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) once a week for four weeks.

  12. Consider physiotherapy, especially core-strengthening exercises, once the pain decreases. Start training with a physiotherapist.

  13. Exercises may include neck rotations, shoulder shrugs, and shoulder rotations.

  14. Avoid jogging, running, and heavy weightlifting as they can worsen back problems.

I hope this helps.

Please feel free to ask if you have any further questions.

Thank you.

Probable diagnosis

The probable diagnosis is trapezitis (inflammation of the upper back muscle).

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan
Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Orthopedician and Traumatology

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