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Slipped Disc or rhomboid muscle?

SnowwolfSSnowwolf Posts: 2
edited 08/05/2015 - 8:55 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
I am new to this form. I have been having pain the past couple of day's in my back area between my shoulder blade and spinal cord. The pain is not really severe, but it's there. I have only taken over the counter pain killers 2 times and that is to go to bed. It hurts when I move to one side, and turn my neck to the right or left fairly far. It's seems to get worse at night when I lay down, but again not terrible pain. The first night was really bad but the past couple of nights I have been able to sleep with little pain only when I change positions or lift my head. I have been lifting weights doing a program called Body Beast for the past 3 weeks. It suddenly started to hurt on Sunday night and I can still feel the pain now. How do I know if it is either rhomboid muscle or a slipped disc. It has seemed to move around and feels like it is in one spot now, but the other day my entire neck was sore. It is now mostly my shoulder blade but my spine hurts too which worries me. I want to workout again but don't want to cause any further damage. What do you guy's think it sounds like so far? Do you think it would be okay to workout again soon? Today for instance I have had no need for any pain medication, but it is sore, when I turn my neck. I don't really want to go to a doctor unless I have too, at this point the pain does not warrant a visit.

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
    provide any medical advice. What we say is based on personal experiences.

    I have had a number of herniated discs, plus several problems with my deep inner rhomboid muscle. Most of the time, you are not going to feel pain associated with the herniated disc. Its when there is nerve impingement that the pain starts.

    I have 3 herniated thoracic discs, nothing that I plan on any surgical relief. I was treated for almost 16 months at physical and aqua therapy trying to calm down my upper back/thoracic pain. Nothing really worked. My physiatrist then sent me to a Deep/Soft Tissue Thai expert. For almost 6 months of very painful massages, he was able to get my deep inner rhomboid muscle to become pliable. Prior to that, it was like a rock and was causing unnecessary process on my thoracic discs. Once they were soften, the extra pressure was released and also took a good amount of the pain away.

    If you do suspect your problem to be in the rhomboid, the deep down inner one, the major, not the minor. You should have someone who is capable of working on that muscle take a look at it. I am not saying that is your problem, all I am discussing was the situation I was in.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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