Ask the doctors: What could a sharp pain in the upper back mean?

Richard Lee, M.D. and Thomas Lee, M.D.

Q. I recently felt a sudden, sharp pain in my upper back and could not imagine what caused it. Do you have any idea? I was worried it was a heart attack.

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