I have a question about what I think is back pain. It is very difficult to describe, so I hope that you understand from my explanation. Do you know the feeling of discomfort you get in your upper torso when you lay on your side, propped up on your elbow too long - like something's out of place and it takes several seconds for your body to work out the kinks so you can stand up again without discomfort? I get this more and more lately - without really leaning on my elbow much - sometimes from sitting with my legs facing one direction or the other - or sitting with bad posture. As long as I'm up and moving, it is fine. I have always noticed this, but as it has gotten worse recently ...
Here is my real problem ... one day while lifting - doing upright rows - I felt a pop. This is where it is difficult to describe ... it felt like it was inside my chest cavity - not in the front by my ribs, but not quite my back either, and kind of just off-center to the right, just below my shoulder blade. When it happened, at first I had a hard time breathing and I couldn't move my shoulders - it felt like a had a charlie horse, so I grabbed onto a machine to try and stretch it out, but I couldn't quite find the right angle to make it go away. It felt like the feeling I described above - leaning on one elbow too long - but much more severe.
I was stiff for the rest of the day, slept fine, and the next day it only was a little stiff if I moved it just right - trying to find the spot. I took the next week off, just in case. I've been back lifting for a couple of weeks with no problems at all, but I haven't dared push it too hard either.
The fact that I am getting that feeling of leaning on one elbow too long worries me - makes me wonder if that pop was some actual damage to a muscle that is attached to my spine and that lifting might make it worse - by developing the side opposite the damaged side, making it more unbalanced. I don't have insurance right now, as I was laid off recently by a Dell site closure, so I don't want to go in for a bunch of expensive tests, yet I definitely don't want to make it worse either.
Can you help me understand what structure may be affected, what might have happened, and what I might do about it?
Thank you for your time and your advice.