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Upper back pain right above shoulder blade when i breath

20 years old male in the marine corps
don't smoke but I do dip
don't drink anything besides water sometimes Gatorade
eat very healthy.
So this pain has just started happening to me recently right after a long hike it was about a 22k hike with packs roughly 90 lbs talked to a doc for a couple of minutes he really didn't know. The pains been around about 2 weeks now
It hits me the most when im laying down the pain like I said is right above my right shoulder blade the pain is really bad when I breathe in deeply. I've been sick for about 2 months so when I cough the pain is the absolute worst. just walking about its not to bad but It would be nice to be 100%. The pain is like some heavy object that's roundly shaped is trying to come out of my body. Just "taking it easy and resting" is not an option at all I still will have to do my day to day training but if anyone could help me out it would be greatly appreciated.


  • Is there a marine corps doctor you could see to get it checked out?
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  • It's probably not your thoracic spine if it hurts more lying down than sitting up. All your vital organs are in front of your spine. Have the marine Dr check out your heart, lungs etc. It really could be anything but your military Dr should be able to check it out. It might just be a fractured rib. But if you keep doing what they tell you you, most military personnel wreck their backs and knees and it might cause more damage.

    I know you guys don't want to have anything found to give them a reason to discharge you. Many military guys go outside to a civilian GP to be checked over properly, they just don't let it be known. You might be surprised how many medical conditions are never put on file (covered up) because the guys use civilian Drs, so it doesn't go on their files. I know you're not supposed to. The thing is that if it was caused by the hike with a ridiculously heavy pack you really should have it on your military record or it will effect your entitlements when you eventually discharge.

    I have met heaps of military guys who have suffered silently and done heaps more damage to themselves to the point of being medically discharged and have totally wrecked their health. It is worth getting checked out by someone, no good being in the marines if you're dead - you'll get blamed for everything that goes wrong (just joking).
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