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Sharp Pain around T4…worst at night

Snowsurfer77SSnowsurfer77 Posts: 1
edited 02/03/2013 - 8:45 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Hi all,
I've had pain between my right shoulder blade and spine for many years now. It was just a dull ache for a long time, but in the last month it has become extremely sharp and severe. The worst is after I have been lying in bed for about 3 hours. The pain awakens me and the motion of getting up causes the pain to be even sharper and radiates under my arm and to my chest. Last night was different than any other. I had gone out and had several drinks with my friends for the Winter Carnival. When I came home and tried to lay down, the pain was extremely sharp, immediately when I laid down. I was literally grunting with pain…I guess the alcohol effected it, but I'm not sure how.

When I am sitting or standing, many times it is non-existent, but if there is any pain at all, it is much more subtle than when laying down.

Now it is dull and constant as I sit here at my computer.

I have had countless Chiropractic Adjustments, and massaged the pain point many times with very little relief. I thought I had found a technique that would work called the Myoskeletal Alignment Therapy. A specialist has you lay on your side and flex your neck while they rub on the spot where the pain is to release the joint. She had said it was too difficult for her to release. I'm going to see a Physical Therapist who specializes in Graston Technique which uses tools to release the joint. I'm not sure I can wait until the 12th. This pain is so awful and I'm becoming worried it may be something other than a spasmed muscle hitting a nerve.

Anyone have any ideas of what may be causing this?


  • Kevin_OKKevin_O Posts: 4
    edited 02/21/2013 - 5:12 AM
    Hi. How are you doing with your issue? Made any progress? Your symptoms sound almost identical to mine except mine is the left side. I have not had the chest pain that you are describing but I get the sharp, stabbing pain in my shoulder blade and it radiates to the inside of my left arm. Your description of lying down is identical to my symptoms perfectly. I'm up at 2,3,4:00 in the morning walking around my house to make the pain go away. My arm also goes partially numb when sitting at work so I have to walk frequently. I still have some problems when standing but it is better. Walking is the best way to relieve the symptoms for me. If I keep moving, pretty much all of my issues go away.

    Hope you get it figured out...

  • Snowsurfer,
    Have you seen a doctor and had any scans?

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