I am a 50 year old female recently diagnosed with DDD in my cervical area. Probably from a diving accident when I was 20 and pretty stupid! Ortho doc did x-rays and sees the compression in my discs. For the last month or so I have had a lot of pain in my upper back near my left shoulder blade area. They tell me this is "referred" pain from my neck area. Neck is painful and I have limited range of movement. In the last couple of days though, the pain seems to have moved from the upper back region, to my shoulder and upper left arm area. Don't get me wrong, I am thrilled the back pain has rather subsided in my back, but now it's in my shoulder!! My doc says that it's called myofascial (sp?) pain. Anyone have this type of thing going on? I know most folks on this board suffer with lower back pain, but upper and shoulder pain is horrible too. Any help would be appreciated. I am trying to get into my massage therapist today to work on my shoulder, hopefully she can see me.
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