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Sudden Extreme tightness in my upper back/neck between shoulder blades

charliecccharliec Posts: 1
edited 09/19/2015 - 11:33 PM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
I was just sitting at my computer this evening like normal and all of a sudden there grew an incredible tight/sharp pain in the middle of my upper back. It only stabs at me when I lean my head forwards and backwards. Side to side does not hurt at all and neither does moving my body. It does not hurt to touch, even strongly touching it. The pain seems to be slightly offset to the left of my spine, so I'm thinking this is some kind of muscle cramp, but I cannot tell 100% if it is my spine or my muscles. I have done nothing strenuous today or yesterday (my two days off a week from lifting). I have been awake for several hours, so I did not wake up with this pain and have no idea where it came from. I am not entirely immobilized, but it is somewhat of a struggle to move about. Anyone with any ideas? I've had ice on it for at least a half hour, and it hasn't done too much (maybe dull the pain a bit. The tightness remains.


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  • I have a similar pain except mine is on the right side, and it hurts when i move my head side to side as well as back and forth. When I was younger I did have sciatica on my right side but it hasn't bother me for years. I first noticed the pain when I was sitting up in bed, I do slunch all the time and the pain also seems to trigger by raising my arms to out in front of me, so pretty much any sitting position is painful. Adjusting my posture relieves the pain slightly but that's hard to do while driving or working at a computer. I use naproxen and some nature pain meds for the pain but really only muscle relaxers are going to make a big difference. If anyone know a position I can sit without irritating that area I would appreciate it.
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