I am a very healthy 25 old male, since 18 years old i train with weights, never had an injury, never felt a pain, never pulled a muscle, i was a 100% healthy person. I am experiencing a lot of different pains in my thoracic area, all in the back, not in the chest or abdominal.
This pain began 1.5 years ago as a painfull dull point in my right shoulder blade, the pain was increased with deep breathing, but only in that point, also the pain was increased with aerobic activity like running, also i was able to feel that the point was painfully beating with aerobic activity.
2 weeks after resting, the pain didnt improve so i say ok maybe it will go if i return lifting, that day i was doing traps and BAM a very strong pain started in my neck, and my neck become very stiff also my traps and shoulder blades (BOTH sides), also after that and till present day my upper back cracks a lot, even when breathing you can feel the spine cracking.
From that day for the following 3 or 4 month i had all that area (neck and both side thoracic) VERY sore and, and i woke up in terrible pain/stiffnes.
Also i started getting pain in some points over my ribs on my back and lateral (both sides, pain is rather SYMETRICAL, however at the begining the right side was a little more painfull, but after some time left side started hurting more and now both are rather equals).
After those month the neck stiffnes went away, but i still have very sore shoulder blades and wake up in severe pain in both sides.
The more i am seated, the stiffer/painfull i get on those areas.
i have never experienced wrapping pain along the ribs, or numbness or burning or tingling in any part of the body.
Also after the pain started i had the feeling like i have knots under both shoulder blades and there are things rubbing each other under shoulder blades, dr said is NOT scapulothoracic bursitis.
I have tried the following therapy with NO relief:
acupunture, chiropractic, ESI in the thoracic area, laser and ultrasound (these two increased the pain), cervical traction, massage and hydrotherapy.
Attached is a picture of the areas where i get the more pain and stiffnes and images of a cervical/thoracic mri, please delete the space after the second T and before de P of images url, i was recieving an error for posting links.
notice that the lower pain over the ribs, is a pain felt over a portion of the lower border of the rib, also increased with pressure over the border, very very rare pain, can be related with the schmorl node??
Another thing, 3 or 4 month after my pains started, also started suffering from pain in right shoulder, but it was diagnosed as distal clavicle osteolysis and very minor slap type 2 tear, shoulder surgeon told me that this has nothing to do with my back pain, and spine surgeon says that this mri is pretty normal, and pain is myofacial pain and trigger points.
Took muscle relaxers like diazepam and cyclobenzaprine with no success, the only thing that helped (also helped the shoulder) was dexamethasone.
Also had cortizone injection in ac joint, and shoulder pain went away, but not the back pain.
I feel that my pain is muscular, because i have very very hard areas on my lats and teres for example, also my pain improves with hot showers, but only for a few minutes, but there is no therapy working for me, i am very frustrated.
can for example a nerve injury make some muscles areas become hard as a rock on both sides almost symetrically??? or is this some fybromialgia??
Glad to share this problem with you.