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Old 08-28-2017, 01:59 AM   #1
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Muscular Upper Back Pain

I pulled a muscle in my upper back over 6 weeks ago. It's both sides of my spine between my shoulder blades.

It was pulled getting out of bed.

For the last 6 weeks I have completed everything the physio has said. I'm completing the stretching & strengthening exercises twice a day provided. I have even lost 6kg so far in an effort to reduce the load.

It began to feel better but for the last 5 days it's almost like it has just happened. I'm finding it hard to sleep on my back or side (even with correct pillow height & one between my legs).

My doctor & physio both advise it's muscular & will take time to heal provided I keep doing as the physio advised. I've completed a CAT scan which hasn't shown anything up.

Should I just be patient or push for an MRI? Or should I maybe look at alternative treatments like myotherapy/myofascial?

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Old 08-29-2017, 07:36 AM   #2
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Re: Muscular Upper Back Pain

More than six weeks seems like a long time to be dealing with a pulled muscle.

In this case, a MRI will not provide more information than was provided by the CT scan. Does using a heating pad make it feel better?

 
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Old 08-29-2017, 10:12 AM   #3
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Re: Muscular Upper Back Pain

A heat pack os one of the few things that appears to help.

I do have an MRI scheduled now so hopefully it will tell me something even if it's just a muscular issue & no disc issues.

I'm seeing a new physio & starting to see a myotherapist next week so hopefully something will provide relief.

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Old 09-22-2017, 05:44 AM   #4
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Re: Muscular Upper Back Pain

[QUOTE=Kermie100;5467422]A heat pack os one of the few things that appears to help.

I do have an MRI scheduled now so hopefully it will tell me something even if it's just a muscular issue & no disc issues.

I'm seeing a new physio & starting to see a myotherapist next week so hopefully something will provide relief.[/QUOTE]

How did it go?

 
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Old 09-22-2017, 06:04 PM   #5
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Re: Muscular Upper Back Pain

Well the MRI showed nothing is wrong with my spine.

I now have 2 physios & a myotherapist/exercise physiologist all taking care of my back. They are all working with each other which is good. Between them they isolated the spot causing the issue. It is a tear & also pulled muscles on the left side of my spine

The pain has eased but still have the 24/7 discomfort. Still will be a few months before it fully heals but progress appears to have been made.

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Old 09-22-2017, 07:20 PM   #6
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Re: Muscular Upper Back Pain

I get that too many times....i see a chiropractor with amazing results.
Good no spinal issues.

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Old 09-23-2017, 04:13 AM   #7
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Re: Muscular Upper Back Pain

In the past 2 months I've also seen an osteopath & a chiropractor.

The osteopath was not much help in this instance as went against everything that GPs, physios & specialists have said. Didn't go back after one session.

The chiropractor advised to stick with my physio after examining my scans. My back is straight & the posture issue is my shoulders which chiro doesn't help much with as it's muscular. Was surprised at that but means I don't have to see anyone else (hopefully).

 
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Re: Muscular Upper Back Pain

Any meds you have tried?
My issues are also muscular, and chiro helps tremendously. But if it hasn't for you....what about trying accupuncture?
Has physio used a tens, ultrasound, laser and massage?

Can they see a tear?

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Old 09-26-2017, 12:10 AM   #9
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Re: Muscular Upper Back Pain

I had reactions to muscle relaxants so just take OTC anti-inflammatory tablets when the pain gets unbearable. It has been bearable for the last couple of weeks.

TENS & ultrasound found sensitive spots and based on the pain profile they believe it is probably a small tear within a muscle cluster. It will heal naturally but muscle tissue takes a long time to repair & it will leave scar tissue. The pain will eventually subside but may experience moments of uncomfortable due to scar tissue.

I started dry needling last week & have a more intense session tomorrow.

The last week has been better as it's just uncomfortable. My physio has said my posture has improved since I started seeing him & will help with not doing further damage. I have started some light weights to help strengthen the area but am hoping to fully exercise soon. I'm putting weight on by not being able to do much.

 
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Old 09-26-2017, 11:46 AM   #10
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Re: Muscular Upper Back Pain

Sounds good you are improving.......you could also consider yoga and possibly Thai Chi for balancing, strength and flexibility.

There are also supports for use should the pain get bad and so that your other muscles don't fatigue when compensating.

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Old 09-27-2017, 08:13 PM   #11
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Re: Muscular Upper Back Pain

I have a posture medic band which I will be using once I can resume any form of exercise & stretching.

I'm slightly bruised from myotherapist treatment which is visible. But I have developed a cyst/pimple on my upper back left shoulder which is very large & very painful for any movement. Doctor has advised to wait a few days until it recedes or bursts.

So I haven't done anything since Tuesday night except the myotherapist visit. Actually feeling better though which might be a good sign. The light weight training hopefully has started to strengthen muscles.

Just wanting to move & exercise properly to lose the 6kgs I've added due to being sedentary

 
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Old 09-28-2017, 10:31 AM   #12
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Re: Muscular Upper Back Pain

You are on the mend! Take it slow....you seem in very good hands for treatment.
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Old 10-02-2017, 12:47 AM   #13
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Re: Muscular Upper Back Pain

Unfortunately I have hit a roadblock. Something is causing dullness in my left arm & left leg since yesterday. The original spot in my back has also flared up a little. I'm in no pain & still have full feeling & motion though. It's just uncomfortable. I haven't done anything out of the ordinary but did have to sit quite uncomfortably yesterday evening for several hours which may have made it worse.

Heading back to the myotherapist tomorrow as hoping it's just a trapped nerve.

 
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Old 10-02-2017, 11:01 AM   #14
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Re: Muscular Upper Back Pain

Have you had a CT done?

Have you had blood testing done?

This setback with new symptoms hopefully will give more insight.


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Old 10-02-2017, 11:24 AM   #15
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Re: Muscular Upper Back Pain

Had a CT scan & MRI last month. Both were clear. This is something new though.

I find lying down helps so thinking it is something physical. When lying flat it still feels numb, lie on my left it's not too bad, lie on my right & no issues. Have started taking OTC nti- inflammatory meds so hope that helps.

I'll be going to see my doctor tomorrow if the myotherapist is not able to help.

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