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Upper back pain?

Posted In: Muscle conditions 7 Replies
  • Posted By: Liam123
  • August 23, 2008
  • 11:42 PM

You know the area just between your shoulder blades and your spine, I think it's a small muscle group there and tendons/whatever..

I have had a lot of pain there lately, that stretches out into my Shoulder Blades and sometimes right around into my chest when I'm laying down.

I have been extremely inactive. I'm guessing this is muscular, already had some X-rays done there routinely a short time ago... Any suggestions for helping, alleviating or whatever? Feels like someone punched me full force in both regions and can take my breath, mainly when I'm sitting with pressure against it or laying with pressure against the area...

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  • This could be referred pain due to gallbladder issues. How is your diet and how is your digestion?DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • August 24, 2008
    • 01:08 AM
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  • I find moist heat the best thing for it. Are you on computer alot cus mine is caused from how I sit @ computer and for how long. When mine gets really bad I take a muscle relaxant which helps.
    kitcat48 80 Replies
    • August 24, 2008
    • 03:18 PM
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  • Don't think I've got a gallbladder problem, I had that rare test done about 7 or 8 years ago. But I think my back is aching due to the same reason yours is. Bad posture on the PC, and not enough activity to stretch it out. That and I'm in a colder climate than I was a year ago. Heat helps..some... cold doesn't which sometimes does for my muscles.. As for muscle relaxants I tried Vals, but they are too weak. They are more for psychological Nerves.. I told the Doctor about the pain and he refused to offer me anything prescriptionwise. Sort of ticks me off...... He said exercise, I would if the pain wasn't inhibiting me. I find moist heat the best thing for it. Are you on computer alot cus mine is caused from how I sit @ computer and for how long. When mine gets really bad I take a muscle relaxant which helps.
    Liam123 48 Replies
    • August 29, 2008
    • 01:28 AM
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  • Don't think I've got a gallbladder problem, I had that rare test done about 7 or 8 years ago. But I think my back is aching due to the same reason yours is. Bad posture on the PC, and not enough activity to stretch it out. That and I'm in a colder climate than I was a year ago. Heat helps..some... cold doesn't which sometimes does for my muscles.. As for muscle relaxants I tried Vals, but they are too weak. They are more for psychological Nerves.. I told the Doctor about the pain and he refused to offer me anything prescriptionwise. Sort of ticks me off...... He said exercise, I would if the pain wasn't inhibiting me. Try acupuncture - it works!The fact that you had a GB test that long ago still makes me think it could be GB issues contributing to your pain. DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • August 29, 2008
    • 04:19 AM
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  • Every ten minutes you should change your position e.g. get up and walk around the room, do some (gentle) stretching exercises, do gentle head exercises e.g. chin to shoulder, lift shoulders up toward your ears, dangle arms and swing them (like a sleepy elephant's trunk). When not using your hands, get in the habit of folding your arms behind your back. This will assist in improving your posture and "opening up" your chest/lungs. We are meant to be hunter-gatherers on the move and doing different movements all day long. We are not designed to be doing repetitive movements for hours on end whilst sitting in one position allowing our innards to stagnate.:( If your diet is poor, and by that I mean you eat lots of things you wouldn't recognise except that the packet (or outlet) has a label, you almost certainly are lacking in certain vital nutrients (obtained from a variety of fresh foods). Lack of Magnesium (to name one) can cause painful muscle spasms and twitching. By-the-way, obesity is often caused by the body desperately sending the message to eat - in the hope that you might actually ingest something it is lacking. You can get vitamins and minerals in tablet or capsule form, but you still need natural enzymes, water, fibre, "good" fats/oils etc. You might also need to visit a good Chiropractor or Osteopath to check if your neck or spine is out of alignment.
    Aussie Visitor 2 Replies
    • September 11, 2008
    • 00:58 AM
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  • The muscle that's bothering you is called the rhomboid. Read these two pages and then Google rhomboid exercises.http://www.floota.com/Exercises.htmlhttp://www.floota.com/StabilityBallBackStretch.htmlGood luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 14, 2008
    • 07:18 PM
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  • Hi Liam123,I came across your message as I search on line. I am having the exact symptoms as yours. Have you found out what happended to you? I know two years have passed. Hope everything is now fine. :)I've had my CT and X-Ray done, too, and nothing was found.If you don't mind, would you please share with me your diagnosis? Or anyone can help?
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