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Old 02-06-2005, 09:50 AM   #1
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Tightness in mid to upper back

Hello all,

I am new here and I just wanted to say hello.

Over the last year, I have started having some back/shoulder/neck problems. Alot of it can be attributed to bad posture (office job, I am an accountant), being overweight and years of playing sports.

Some of symptoms that I seem to have is tightness in my mid to upper back and it is also causing my ribs to hurt. Is this normal? Also, can a bad back affect your breathing? I mean, I am never out of breath but I seem to notice that in some cases, I have trouble doing a "deep sigh".

Anyways, if anyone has any info or advice, I would really appreciate it. I am a new dad of 7.5 months and I find hard sometimes carrying my son around for long periods of time.

Thanks!

 
Old 02-06-2005, 12:56 PM   #2
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Re: Tightness in mid to upper back

Hi, and welcome to the boards. You probably aren't going to get a lot of responses....it's slow here on the weekends, and what with this being Super Bowl Sunday, I expect it will even slower than usual, so don't be disappointed. I'm sure you will get some responses tomorrow or later tonight.
First of all, when's the last time you had a check-up with your family doctor? What you describe can be caused by any number of things, not necessarily from the spine. It is possible that you have a problem with your back, but it is also possible that it is lung related. So the first thing is to see your doctor and get his opinion. If he gives you the all-clear, you might then want to see a spine specialist to rule out thoracic or cervical problems.

Good luck.

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Old 02-06-2005, 02:56 PM   #3
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Re: Tightness in mid to upper back

I have problems through-out my spine but have a bulging disc at the T5-6 and T7-8 with spinal cord compression and yes I get the pain you are speaking of at times I even feel as if I'm having a heart attack and to take a deep breath hurts. So this can be directed from your thoracic and I really hope not as this is the one part of the spine that isn't treated very well and not many drs that will.
You really need a MRI and to see the dr soon hopefully it is a problem that can be helped with some ESI injections.
I have some other info about the thoracic spine if I can help let me know.
Good Luck,
Linda

 
Old 02-06-2005, 10:55 PM   #4
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Re: Tightness in mid to upper back

Welcome to the board
I have that kind of pain and it is cause by a herniated disc in the thoracic region of my back. I'm with Carol and feel you should get a checkup if you haven't. As she said it can be caused by any of a number of different causes. It could be lung related, heart related, or spine related. I had all these areas with a battery of tests done before we found it was the spine as this is not a common ailment.
I hope this helps and good luck to you !

 
Old 02-07-2005, 05:38 AM   #5
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Re: Tightness in mid to upper back

[QUOTE=carol632]Hi, and welcome to the boards. You probably aren't going to get a lot of responses....it's slow here on the weekends, and what with this being Super Bowl Sunday, I expect it will even slower than usual, so don't be disappointed. I'm sure you will get some responses tomorrow or later tonight.
First of all, when's the last time you had a check-up with your family doctor? What you describe can be caused by any number of things, not necessarily from the spine. It is possible that you have a problem with your back, but it is also possible that it is lung related. So the first thing is to see your doctor and get his opinion. If he gives you the all-clear, you might then want to see a spine specialist to rule out thoracic or cervical problems.

Good luck.

Carol[/QUOTE]

Thanks Carol and others.

Actually, I went for my annual checkup last July 2004. I go every year. Everything was fine and the blood work was perfect.

I should mentioned that in the last year, I have been involved in 2 car accidents. Nothing serious by all means, which is why I didn't mention it. I think there may be some whiplash however.

I guess I was curious since the pain is not severe and definately does not stop me from functionning. I do have some knots in my shoulders and in the mid area of my back, which is probably the cause of the tighness.

As for my breathing, there is not weazing, I can take deep breaths without any problem and it doesn't hurt when I breath.

I just thought it was bizarre.

Anyways, thanks again for the info.

Yann

 
Old 02-07-2005, 05:42 AM   #6
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Re: Tightness in mid to upper back

linda, please let me know what you have on thoracic herniations as i am going nuts trying to fiqure out whats next. have you had shots or surgery?

larry


[QUOTE=jdlfmc]I have problems through-out my spine but have a bulging disc at the T5-6 and T7-8 with spinal cord compression and yes I get the pain you are speaking of at times I even feel as if I'm having a heart attack and to take a deep breath hurts. So this can be directed from your thoracic and I really hope not as this is the one part of the spine that isn't treated very well and not many drs that will.
You really need a MRI and to see the dr soon hopefully it is a problem that can be helped with some ESI injections.
I have some other info about the thoracic spine if I can help let me know.
Good Luck,
Linda[/QUOTE]

 
Old 02-07-2005, 06:07 AM   #7
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Re: Tightness in mid to upper back

Yann, I would still have this looked in to as you see all I did was take a fall at work that you wouldn't have though hurt anything but my pride, 6yrs later I'm stll in pain and suffering, why wait until it is full blown and to late.
Hind sight is 50-50 and if only, please don't ignore the signs, if it bothered you enough to ask then it is important.
Linda

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