Pectoral Muscle Knots (Doctor's can't help)

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Pectoral Muscle Knots (Doctor's can't help)

Hi,

I have a large muscle knot on my left pectoral muscle. It seems to start where my shoulder meets my chest and go to the center of my chest. Both sides are tight, but the left side has the knot. I have had every test one can think of to include heart and lungs. Every test comes back fine. The only thing that the doctor's keep saying is myofasicial syndrome. Any thoughts would be great, thanks.

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Muscle spasms are painful!

I definitely feel for you! Sometimes, they come for seemingly no reason and sometimes they're caused by something else. Have you had your shoulders, neck, and back tested with MRI's? Something that helped me with my relentless spasms was going to a massage therapist that specialized in accupressure/trigger point therapy. I'm no doctor but I was told that in order for a muscle spasm to release, it needs to contract completely. Sometimes a doc will do an injection of cortizone or something into the spasm. I was told by a doc that the shot doesn't work any better than jabbing a needle into the spasm without an injection. The needle can help the spasm contract all the way. These are just a few of the things that have helped me with my spasms. It's important that you fight for an accurate diagnosis first because any of these treatments could harm you if you don't know exactly what's wrong. Also, the spasms could just come back if you have an underlying problem. I hope you have the strength and will-power to get this sorted out!

Much love and understanding,

Lisa

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Welcome to Spine Health

Welcome to Spine Health Hug getting a proper diagnosis can take a very long time and several different doctors.

I think many of us start out with chiropracters and primary care doctors before delving deeper into the spinal specialty MD's.

Your post was quite brief. If you could tell us more it would be great (I appologize if you already posted in the new members section).

What doctors have you see? When you say you have had every test can you tell us what spine/neck tests (mri, xray, emg etc). Also what treatments have you tried? Are you on any medication (muscle relaxers, pain meds, nerve meds etc). One last thing- did you suffer an injury that lead you to this?

Again, Welcom to Spine Health.

Julie

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I am a 27 y/o Male, 5 ft 10,

I am a 27 y/o Male, 5 ft 10, 198LBS, no significant medical history. No injuries to the best of my Knowledge, however I did serve in Kosovo for 9 months and Iraq for 12 wearing 75-100 lbs of gear every single day. I don't think it's normal for a 27 y/o to have all the back issues I have.

I have had the following tests:

Complete Pulmonary Function Test: Normal
EKG, Echocardiogram, Stress test, chest X-ray: Normal

Endoscopy, Coloscopy: Normal

EMG: That showed my muscles would not relax in back and shoulders

Neurologist: Normal

Rhuematologist: Normal

Numerous MRI's on my back which showed:

Degenerative Disc Disorder C4-C7
Light herniation left side C5/C6
Degenerative Disc Disorder TH 1-TH8
Light herniation right side TH7/TH 8
Moderate Herniation right side L5/S1

MRI on chest: Normal

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I am a 27 y/o Male, 5 ft 10,

I am a 27 y/o Male, 5 ft 10, 198LBS, no significant medical history. No injuries to the best of my Knowledge, however I did serve in Kosovo for 9 months and Iraq for 12 wearing 75-100 lbs of gear every single day. I don't think it's normal for a 27 y/o to have all the back issues I have.

I have had the following tests:

Complete Pulmonary Function Test: Normal
EKG, Echocardiogram, Stress test, chest X-ray: Normal

Endoscopy, Coloscopy: Normal

EMG: That showed my muscles would not relax in back and shoulders

Neurologist: Normal

Rhuematologist: Normal

Numerous MRI's on my back which showed:

Degenerative Disc Disorder C4-C7
Light herniation left side C5/C6
Degenerative Disc Disorder TH 1-TH8
Light herniation right side TH7/TH 8
Moderate Herniation right side L5/S1

MRI on chest: Normal

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I get regular massages on

I get regular massages on this area, 2-3 times a week. I also get trigger point therapy (doesn't seem to help, not enough pressure). The massages seem to help a little, but not much. Still trying to get a proper diagnosis.

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Getting a better picture...

In my opinion, and again I'm not a doctor, just a fellow spiney, the issues that have showed up on your MRI could be the cause of the pains you're having. My back spasms due to disc herniations and a facet birth defect at 3 levels of my spine which basically means I've had bone-on-bone contact since birth. Yeah, not fun. My problems became what I would call severe about 6 years ago but I've had bad pain for 9 years. I'm only 23. I have nerve damage, a failed knee surgery, and my back issues. I have endometriosis too but it's the least of my pain worries; my other issues cause much more pain. Now, because of the way I've been walking, sitting, and living for the past 9 years, my neck has gone to H-E-Double hockey sticks too. Sometimes, I get spasms so bad it immediately makes me throw up. Thankfully, this doesn't happen more than a few times a month. But I also have other spasms that never go away. I've had the same 2 huge spasms since junior high.

I might ask your doctor is the spasms could be being caused by the problems in your neck/back. I hope you find answers. And you're right, it isn't normal for people our age to have this much pain... But then again, I wasn't normal to begin with, hehehe. Grin I wish you the best of luck!

Much love and understanding,

Lisa

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My doc's say that could be

My doc's say that could be what it is, but nothing, and I mean nothing (Physical therapy, ultrasound, massage) seems to help.

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How long ago were the

How long ago were the MRI's

I have a substantial protrusion with an annular tear at t7/8 and I have 24/7 pain (with nerve pain) but thankfully not wear you have it. Mine comes and goes like electric shocks some days are worse than others.

The ESI I had a couple of weeks ago stopped it but only for a day.

You might want to look into Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.

Also- "if" your MRI's are old you should get new one's. If you feel like your doctor isn't doing enough you should get a second opinion.

Feel Better,

Julie

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The MRI's are about 2 months

The MRI's are about 2 months old. What doctor should I see for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome? I have often thought that is what I could have. Thanks.

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My interventional pain

My interventional pain management doctor said they can do a steriod/anesthetic shot in the muscle, called "trigger point injections," to relieve those.

That's something to consider.

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