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middle back pain

edited 12/16/2014 - 9:15 PM in Chronic Pain
Hi. I have been struggling with back spasms for 3 years now. Mostly my middle back that has pulled my spine to the right. It looks really strange. I have gone to a doctor and was given muscle relaxants and anti-imflammatorys. I also went for X-rays to check for scoliosis. I dont have it but my spine does curve inwards at my lower back and sticks out at the middle of my back. I also went to physical therapy. I cannot walk for long periods of time without getting the spasms in my back and it makes breathing difficult and painful. Im not really sure what more can be done.
Samantha Muller


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I suffer with muscle spasms both as a reaction to underlying damage & seemingly for no reason in other parts of my body. It's been an ongoing struggle for me. For the areas above structural problems from arthritis it's still just management. Sometimes it's worse, sometimes better but never completely relieved. Mostly I've completely rid myself of the other spasms, shoulders, arms etc where my bones are pretty good underneath.

    I've never found one thing that really helps. Meds help to keep it calm once I've got it controlled by other means.
    PT type stretches & exercises DAILY are essential. Last year I had surgery & couldn't do my 'moves' for a while & it flared terribly. No matter how hard it is to do them they must be done. I know at times it seems like PT isn't helping but not doing PT makes spasms much worse...does that make sense?
    For me trigger point shots help. You can search them at the top of the page. The regular lidocaine & steroids are good but I find Botox & steroids last longer. Shots did nothing for me, except making my pain flare until I learnt to ice on the way home & regularly after for a few days AND stretching AND taking meds AND aromatherapy massage oil blends.

    As I said no one thing ever worked. It's about finding the right blend of therapies & treatments for you.

    I was advised to take magnesium suppliments for any kind of spasms, nerve pain, restless leg syndrome etc. I take the oil capsules & very hot Epson Salt (magnesium) baths.
    Specialist massage helps but it's hard to find a great therapist. Regular mall type massage, although nice does nothing for me really. Getting my husband to rub in aromatherapy oils helps.
    Specialist yoga, if structural damage doesn't restrict you is great. Again it's about finding the right therapist with experience of dealing with your issues is important.

    I hope this helps. I've never found a magic bullet for any of my issues. It's all about finding the right blend of treatments for you. Best of luck! ;-)
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • Do you own a TENs unit? That can also offer some relief...

    Have you ever had an MRI to check for damage?
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
  • You may try other therapy like acupuncture and massage. Simple exercise like stretching will help. Observe you posture also everyday. Have you taken any medicines?
    PAIN can CHANGE you, but NEVER let it DEFINE you.
    Treat arthritis pain
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