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Old 03-26-2001, 09:04 AM   #1
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Dull ache in the chest caused by back pain?

I'm wondering if anyone has had these symptoms which I've had for the last month or so....Dull ache in the chest underneath the breastbone and a nagging pain in the back between the shoulder blades... no extreme pain at all just dull pain that is always there....pain in the back varies constantly and sometimes seems as though it's moving around....slight loss of appetite and under the sternum is somewhat tender to the touch...no nausea, vomiting, extreme chest pain, numbness in arm or anything else, I'm just wondering if theses 2 pains could be linked together somehow...Can anyone shed any light on the situation?

 
Old 03-26-2001, 09:29 AM   #2
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Re: Dull ache in the chest caused by back pain?

Hi Mr Bean -

I have similar pain, in fact I worried that it may be cardiac related. The doc told me it was due to the herniation I have at c6 -7.

I would have it checked out by the doc right away because if it is cardiac and not back trouble....My husband had the same pains, went all the way through a stress test to find out it was a hiatel hernia. You just never know!

Hope you find some answers...
Kelley

 
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Old 03-26-2001, 11:53 AM   #3
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Re: Dull ache in the chest caused by back pain?

Mine is a little different..i get bad pain that starts at top of stomach and goes to back and down in my arms will ache like crazy.I went for gallbladder surgery...no help,was told i had a small hiatal hernia and acid reflux.......had acid tests and they were normal.My pain first started in my t7 disc and after the last 5 months has only gotten worse so i went to a chiropracter and he found me to be out there and disc was also tilted some and he said that could be pinching a nerve during movement and causing spasms in my back and arms.Iam also out in other places.T7 is right across from stomach and tne nerves from that go to stomach gallbladder ect. and all i know is the pain got so bad in the last few months so i then tried a chiro and so far in the last week the pain has subsided to none severe....i do ache from treatments the first day though but feel better the next.My sister who is also out in 3 places including T6 has tenderness in sternum and also aches in between shoulder blades also shoulders and neck hurt her.She doesn't get severe muscle spasms from nerve being pinched like i do at times but dr also said hers was not out as bad as mine either.So far he is helping both of us and when my back around T7 isn't sore niether is my stomach.So it could be in your back that also causing the ache.

 
Old 03-26-2001, 02:27 PM   #4
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Re: Dull ache in the chest caused by back pain?

Mine started with a pain in upper left side of back almost 1 year ago. I went to chiropractor for a month and half. After one adjustment and use of therapy ball, the left side of my chest was very sore. Chiro said it was because I used muscles I hadn't used in long time. When the pain did not go away, I went to Urgent Care. EKG & chest xrays. That dr told me I had broken ribs. 6 - 8 weeks to heal. Said to stay away from chiropractors. I was put on pain medication. When it was worse one day in Sept., I went to emergency. Confirmed fractured ribs and noticed my sodium level low. Following day I went to dr for lots of blood work. Everything came out fine. My doctor said it is costochondritis (inflamation of rib cartilage). Get this, he said I never had broken ribs. He put me on pain meds and anti inflamatory meds. They only helped a little. Last week I had spine xrays and will see a spine specialist next Monday. I think my chest pain is related to my back pain. If he helps me, I will certainly pass information on to you.
Does your back hurt when you lay down or lean on it. Mine hurts worse laying on back and sitting. Feels best laying on right side. I hope you will feel better real soon.

 
Old 03-26-2001, 02:43 PM   #5
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Re: Dull ache in the chest caused by back pain?

HalleyJ,

The pain in my back doesn't seem to hurt any worse whether I'm sitting down, standing up, or lying down. Sometimes during the day it goes away completely. However, it doesn't always seem to be in the same place everyday. Most of the time it is, but some days it seems to move to the left side or lower down but generally is always in the middle of my back a little to the right. The pain in my chest doesn't ever seem to get any worse either as far as pain goes. It just becomes more pronounced or noticable at times. I did help my father move about a month ago, and if my memory serves me correctly this may be when all of this started, but I can't be completely sure. When this first started though, I completely lost my appetite for about a week and a half....pretty strange if you ask me.

 
Old 03-28-2001, 08:21 AM   #6
 
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Re: Dull ache in the chest caused by back pain?

Hi Mr. Bean: I, too, experience the same pain in sterum area. It hurts near bottom of shoulder to left, under left arm, and goes around my chest. I, too, have felt a strange poking feeling under my ribs around the heart. It feels sort of like a belt tightening around me. I had a bone xray done and they found arthritis in the thoracic spine. If my husband presses it, it really aches, and feels like I was "kicked by a mule" there. They did not do an MRI to see soft tissue (disk bulge). If I "hug myself", I can get the pain to stop. Also, sometimes I feel like I am getting low level electrical shocks in that area. Since I can "hug myself" and stop the pain, that gives me a clue that it is soft tissue (disk). Somehow, when I pull the muscles, etc., by gently "hugging myself", I am obviously getting that disk away from the nerves it is pinching. I certainly could not do that with the arthritis. However, thoracic surgery involves getting near nerves that control many organs. My neurosurgeon does not touch those areas unless it is life threatening. I have had neck fusion at C5-6 in June 2000 amd decompression lumbar laminectomy at L4-5 in March 1993. Only recently have my feet been numb, so I'll bet the original disk bulge in L4-5 is bulging more. Please realize you are not alone in this. Take care, PatG

 
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