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Chronic Mid back pain since 2 Years

I am suffering from chronic mid back pain for the last two years.

I used to have pain in my midback when I lifted heavy weights. I experienced this 2-3 time in my earlier in my life. I always avoided lifting heavy weights over my shoulder height (Shoulder press etc.). I am 30 years old now. I was going to the Gym regularly for about 2 years untill late 2011. Around December 2011, I started having sharp pain in the midback on the spine. Since them I have been suffering from this. I went to a GP who said that it was not serious and asked me to use OTC pain killers. Then I went to a neuro surgeon who diagnosed it to be a simple muscle pain and said that it was not serious, He took an X-Ray and gave me some pain killers. I am still suffering from this pain, but it is not a sharp/stabbing pain. Some days, the pain is spread across 2-3 inches along the spine, other days it is spread on the right or left side of the back. I am not sure how to get this cured.


  • Could be spinal, such as a joint out of alignment or a bit stiff and inflexible, or could just be tight muscles, too knotted to do their job.
    I'd suggest a physiotherapist examination. If it's just joint stiffness, they can loosen them all quite easily.
    If it's tight muscles, try a sports or remedial massage for temporary relief.
    For long term benefit, do as I do and take a magnesium supplement. I take Mg chloride in water. Best thing for muscle pain. Made a dramatic difference to my chronic neck pain caused by tight back muscles.
    Lots of info on the web.
    Liquid and powder better than tablet forms.
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I think the first thing you should try to do is to lift light weights multiple times instead of lifting heavy weights. In addition, you should also try to get massages to ease the tension in your back.
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