I've had this issue since last October and I'm really hoping that someone can help. I've had a pain in my upper back (mostly the left side) that sometimes extends to my chest as well. For a long time, everything felt relatively normal except for when I would sneeze or take a deep breath. When I did either of those things, it would hurt pretty bad. Like a sharp pain. Luckily, now I can sneeze and it generally doesn't hurt, but breathing is an issue and often my back/side/chest feels sore. I initially went to a PCP who sent me to a lung specialist. They did a CT scan and blood work and reported everything normal. For the past 2 months or so, I have been going to a chiropractor hoping that might help things as well. Any relief provided by the beds is short lived and comes back within an hour or two. The only thing that has worked really at all was being prescribed a high dose anti-inflammatory drug. That helped, but the symptoms reappeared within a couple of weeks. Sometimes it helps to rub my back, chest, or side, but again the pain comes back. Any thoughts or clues as to what I might have? I thought I might have a rib out of place, but wouldn't the chiropractor see that on my x-rays or the lung specialist with my CT scan? Thanks for any advice.
I have arthritis in my spine at the base of my neck which causes me a severe muscle spasm under my right shoulder blade that causes the same symptoms you describe. I try to keep the muscles in my neck stretched out to help and generally it does. Basic moves are to tuck your chin in towards your chest while pushing your shoulders down. Hold this pose and then release slowly. You can also bend your head towards your shoulder while pulling your opposite shoulder down. Do this on both sides. I'd go back to your PCP and see if he'll prescribe you an anti-inflammatory that you can use long-term or perhaps a dosepack of prednisone which would jumpstart the process of reducing swelling. If you've pulled, or damaged,a muscle it often takes months to heal, especially if it's one that it's used regularly. If the chiropractor isn't helping by now, I'd save myself the money. You might be better off going to physical therapy for a short time.
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