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Deep pain in right side of upper back and right side of neck. Please help!

shamrock505sshamrock505 Posts: 1
edited 11/30/2015 - 1:27 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic

New to this forum. I didn't know if I should post this in the upper back section or neck section- both are bothering me.

I am 25 year old who works typical office job. Began having upper back and neck pain about 3 months ago.
The pain can be described as deep pain in that it feels very deep in the back (not the outer muscles if that makes sense). This can also be said for the right hand side of the neck- arguably the pain is worse here. There is no strain or stiffness in the neck- the pain feels deep inside, almost behind the muscles.

I consulted a chiropractor who told me it was a postural problem as did the doctor. I corrected my posture for 2 months, sitting up right in the office- no forward head. I started working on my core strength every night and done exercises for my posture and upper back as well as hip flexor exercises as I was told they were tight.

My doctor prescribed me with a course of anti-inflamatories (naproxen) and muscle relaxors. After taking them for 3 weeks they did nothing for me.

The fact that the meds did nothing as well as the physical therapy and postural improvement suggest to me that maybe the problem is not muscular? I know very little about back pain but it seems like this could be the case if the meds don't work?

I am tearing my hair out trying to research what could be wrong as today I got the results of the Xray my doctor ordered which came back as all normal.

What should my next step be? Feel like I am going mad. Please help

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  • I am in a situation very similar to yours. I am 24 and have had chronic upper back pain around my left shoulder blade and deal with recurring migraines due to chronic painful spasms in my traps and levators (neck) particularly on my right side.

    My problem stems seems worsened whenever I have sit and hunch over like studying for school or doing stuff at my work. All my scans came back negative: MRIs, CTs, and X-Rays of my entire spine have shown nothing. After 3 years, I now just get treated for the chronic pain and try to be happy which I am. The pain can spike when I get super busy (7/10 atm due to finals) but I have a things aside from my normal allowance of painkillers to help (massage, trigger point injection, chiropractor).

    I hope you figure out what's wrong with you but if not, figure out a way to control your daily pain. Being in pain for as long as you have starts to change you. I remember after I had been hurting for more than 3 months, I began to panic and get desperate. I was thinking that something is seriously wrong with me and no one can figure it out. I became depressed, fatigued, and a just a complete wreck. There is a mental battle to dealing with something like this and no matter how strong willed you think you are or tough, it will break you.

    I wish you the best and if you want any additional info or advice, feel free to message me. (I am limited by what I can say in a post)
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