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Re: Upper back pain...thinking of the worst case...Help :(
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2014, 02:33:19 AM »
Still feeling a ton of anxiety over this. I think the anxiety is worse than the pain. Does anyone have any suggestions about what this pain could be? I worry that it is a tumor or something. Because it feels "deep" and it's lasted for so long, I just get really nervous. Anyone have similar symptoms? :(

Same for 7months i am very scared :(
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Re: Upper back pain...thinking of the worst case...Help :(
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2014, 03:22:20 AM »
Another technique you might like is done usually at the end of the day, just sit on the floor and slowly lean flat on your back and stretch your arms as high as you can. I usually get a lot of popping action that goes along with it, and after about 10 minutes it usually relieves a lot of my back pain from lifting at work (construction based).

Your doc might have you see a chiropractor as you might have a small misalignment which is extremely common.

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Re: Upper back pain...thinking of the worst case...Help :(
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2014, 10:19:56 AM »
Thank you Potatoes...I will try that. My doc suggested a tennis ball rolling against the wall.  Also physical therapy.


Iamhealthy-what are you dealing with? I'm curious to know.

I brought up an xray and my doc said she didn't think it was necessary. I also don't want an unnecessary xray. 

Its more annoying than anything and triggers my HA bc of the length of time that I've had it.
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Re: Upper back pain...thinking of the worst case...Help :(
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2014, 11:28:49 AM »
Have you gone to a chiropractor? I am experiencing upper and mid back pain the reaches around on my ribs. He identified the muscle group involved and did an ultrasound treatment on it. It's worth checking out.
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Re: Upper back pain...thinking of the worst case...Help :(
« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2014, 09:39:45 PM »
Hi 2jrts...no i haven't yet. I will see about contacting one for some help. Is your pain chronic? Mine has been around since September. It comes and goes but lately has been more persistent.
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Re: Upper back pain...thinking of the worst case...Help :(
« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2014, 10:24:22 PM »
Same as you. When I do tennis ball I feel the muscle hurt but it still feels deep sometimes. Also I went to PT and they put a tens machine on my back and I felt it in back and in the front on the left abdomen. Im afraid it will be LungCan or PanCan plus my nails are clubbed,altho they've been that way most of my life
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Re: Upper back pain...thinking of the worst case...Help :(
« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2014, 07:02:42 AM »
Hi Shutterbug,
My pain started a couple weeks ago after a bout of extreme stress. I chalked it up to either stress, running (I run 3-4 times a week) or picking up one of our dogs with one hand. At the onset I had been feeling pain just around my ribs. Then, a couple days ago my upper back went into complete spasm. I had to lie on a heating pad for 1/2 an hour just to get it to stop. When I went to the chiropractor he first thought of shingles, but I don't have the rash and the pain isn't debilitating. He did an ultrasound treatment on the trigger points in my back and I was amazed - there were a couple he hit and I could feel the pain activate in my ribs in the front. I asked him if he thought it might be either gallbladder or ulcer related and he said no. Since I saw him I have felt close to 80% better. If you do go to a chiropractor make sure it's a good one. I've been going to this guy for years and he is great with muscle/trigger point work, which seems to be my main issue.
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Re: Upper back pain...thinking of the worst case...Help :(
« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2014, 09:49:53 AM »
Hi Shutterbug,
My pain started a couple weeks ago after a bout of extreme stress. I chalked it up to either stress, running (I run 3-4 times a week) or picking up one of our dogs with one hand. At the onset I had been feeling pain just around my ribs. Then, a couple days ago my upper back went into complete spasm. I had to lie on a heating pad for 1/2 an hour just to get it to stop. When I went to the chiropractor he first thought of shingles, but I don't have the rash and the pain isn't debilitating. He did an ultrasound treatment on the trigger points in my back and I was amazed - there were a couple he hit and I could feel the pain activate in my ribs in the front. I asked him if he thought it might be either gallbladder or ulcer related and he said no. Since I saw him I have felt close to 80% better. If you do go to a chiropractor make sure it's a good one. I've been going to this guy for years and he is great with muscle/trigger point work, which seems to be my main issue.

So let me get this straight...

You felt pain in your back and when he did ultrasound it transferred to the front of your ribs? As in referred pain?
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Re: Upper back pain...thinking of the worst case...Help :(
« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2014, 11:09:03 AM »
Yes, exactly! I had been having pain in my ribs that wrapped around to my back. He did the ultrasound and when he hit a couple trigger points on my back and I felt it in the front on my ribs. I told this to my friend who is a nurse, and she said that the dermatomes that start in the spine wrap around to the front. I think I'm getting that right. It's referred pain.
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Re: Upper back pain...thinking of the worst case...Help :(
« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2014, 11:12:34 AM »
Let me just add that the whole experience was truly bizarre. When he hit on a trigger point (mostly around my scapula) I felt the pain there but also the rib pain I had been complaining about. Very strange. It just goes to show you how connected our body parts are - they don't operate in a vacuum, and if one part is stressed or inflamed, it affects other parts.
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