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neck & back pain

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  • Posted By: handyelvis
  • January 22, 2008
  • 08:39 AM

My husband has had terrible neck and back pain for over 2 weeks. the doctor, who took an x ray, explained that it was from a contracted muscle (though can you diagnose this from an x-ray?).
Treatment is ibuprofen & paracetamol, that the doctor said he should take together.

There is something strange though, when i massage his back, near the spine about halfway up his shoulder, it's as if a spurt of blood is leaking as he gets what looks a bit like a birthmark (about the size of a man's thumbnail) as pressure is applied under it, and then it vanishes.
I don't know if i am just not trusting the doctor's diagnosis, or whether there may be something other than just a pulled muscle....

Should i massage the pain?
A friend advised that i should not massage it, especially not with deep heat cream as the muscle should have ice put on it rather than heat. I now don't know what to do as i thought the best pain relief i could help him with is massage - can anyone help with any of this?


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  • I would think that a lesion on the back that "fills" with blood after pressure should be evaluated by a doc. Especially along the spinal cord. Don't massage the area for now.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • January 23, 2008
    • 10:42 AM
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