Hey all, had a mid back pain for about 8 months, I will try to be detailed in my injury, without writing a novel here.
Background: I am 25 year old male, athletic/ectomorphic build no previous back injuries of any note.
Injury: It occured very gradually, I work at a warehouse and I was sitting a lot of the time on a computer and the other time lifting light boxes. First I started noticing my traps were very tight, but that is common so I would massage it out a bit and it went away. After awhile it would get so tight all through my mid back and traps, shoulders (scapula area) especially the left side. I adjusted my desk and it seemed to get better again. Then one day it just came back about 8 months ago, and it has been there ever since, it's not a sharp pain, or a lighting strike type of feelings, it's just a dull ache that gets worse with certain positions, and goes away with others.
Relief: When I sit, I have to lean way back, like in recliner, then the pressure seems to go away after about 10 mins if I am lucky, and I can walk around and if I stay loose, on weekends it really doesn't flare up, but at work it's the worst. I work out with weights, and there is no pain, it feels better once I warm up, and there is NEVER any pain well lifting, I mean it feels better when I lift without a doubt, and stretching also gives me relief. Also when I sleep it is fine, my back relaxes and it feels completely normal until I begin to move around about 20mins to 1-2 hrs till I feel the ache.
Cause: This is what I am seeking still. I have suspected muscle pain alone, but 8 months is a pretty long time to have a sore muscle, and there is signs that suggest its more complicated. For example, when I drink beer or take any drugs that depress my central nervous system I feel much better, and aspirin or NSAIDS do nothing at all, almost feel worse, so that confuses me a bit, because it makes me think it's nerve pain instead.
Additional information: My PT noticed I have a bit of winging in my scapula, I was willing to try anything to get rid of the pain so I strengthened my scaps and have done a lot of weight training to help fix this winging, and it has gradually decreased but on the left side it's a little more prominent, and that is the side that seems to bug me more so I keep working on those muscles but the pain is still there so I am not sure if continuing that alone with yoga and massage will get rid of my chronic pain, 8 months, only temporary relief, any ideas on the cause and ways to treat some of the symptoms until I find a solution, thank you.