Upper right back pain?

Q: I am 29 weeks pregnant and have been experiencing a pain/discomfort in my upper back just on the right side. It's high enough where it feels like it's behind my ribs or close to my lungs. Could this just be organs being smushed? There is no relief besides laying down or raising my arms up.

A: Musculoskeletal pain is common during pregnancy. In the thrid trimester there is some actual spreading of the rib cage so the muscles of your chest can become sore and painful. A single area of pain usually means something more specific like a pulled muscle or a pinched nerve. Soaking in a warm tub, using a heating pad, and taking recommended amounts of Tylenol are appropriate until you get further evaluation by your obstetrician.

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Answered by Dr. Marra Francis

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