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Back Pain Driving Me CRAZY!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:21 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
One day while squatting, during mid-rep I felt a muscle in my mid-back on the left side right next to the spine clench really hard and it hurt so bad I had to drop the weight and lay down for a few minutes. I felt this weird burning sensation that seemed to go away after stretching for a bit, so I gave it another shot. The second I started to bring the weight down I got the same sensation, so I bailed on the weight, cleaned up and went home.

Doc said it was nothing... "Take these meds (naproxen sodium), take a few weeks off, you'll be fine." So I did... One month later I get under the bar for a warm-up set and BAM. Same thing happens...

- If I extend my neck and look down, I get a dull (abnormal/almost painful) stretching sensation in that area.
- That sharp/clenching pain followed by a dull burning sensation only seems to happen when I squat or do similar exercises.
- I feel some serious discomfort in my back anytime I'm inactive. I can feel it whenever I sit, stand, walk, or lay down for long periods of time.

Doctor - I went back and he said to go to a Sport's Doctor.
Sport's Doctor - Told to see a physiotherapist.
Physiotherapist - Gave me a bunch of exercises which I actually did, but I saw no changes in 4 months. Then he recommended checking out a chiropractor.
Chiropractor - Diagnosed me with scoliosis (20 degrees left) and told me that my mobility between T11 and T12 was restricted. I got treatment for 4 months and did the newly prescribed exercises. It's been 6 months and the Chiropractor says my scoliosis is basically fine, but I still have the same problem. Dull painful discomfort all the time. It gets extreme whenever I bend forward or twist.

It's been well over a year since the original incident, and this problem doesn't seem to go away. Some nights it's so uncomfortable that I have to medicate myself to sleep.

I posted on another forum and somebody suggested getting an MRI... Another guy responded with this: "I would suspect you strained one of your spinal erector muscles. Since it was not treated optimally, it healed back (as torn muscles do) with some scar tissue. If it is what I think it is, then you need to find an expert in soft-tissue treatment - ideally Active Release. That will help to 'clear out' the scar tissue and improve the strength and mobility of the affected muscle."

That sounds sweet, but free health care in Canada doesn't cover physio, chiro, or massage therapists and I don't have a health plan so this stuff is getting expensive (not that my back isn't worth it). I can't afford to fork out the dough on another failed attempt.

Does anybody recognize or have experience with these symptoms? Does it sound like an unhealed strain?

Any helpful suggestions would be much appreciated...


  • :) i see this is your first post. i wanted to welcome you to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you really need that mri to go any further. noone can tell you what is wrong inside without one. it might be wise to see a orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon. they can help you with your pain issues. a pain management doctor could help treat your symptoms. injections perhaps. it is always wise to get more than one opinion.i have no insurance and know the pinch of trying to get medical care without any money. ~X( good luck and stay at it. for every turn there may be a path. Jenny
  • yea i have this tipe of simptoms...unfortunetly :(
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  • bezdanbbezdan CroatiaPosts: 1
    I had EXACTLY the same injury 2 years ago because od deadlift . I took me arount 5 months to get better . I tried everything , a did a lot of exercises doctors and trainers told me to do . All that didnt help me at all I even think it slower me healing . I was so happy that one day i woke up without pain. I was looking on the internet once again how to treat this because yesterday in the gym i did deadlift again and felt same pain and now i have again same problem . I also had huge problems with diagnosis , nobody couldnet tell me what to do and everything is super expencive . Health insurance in my country covers that kind of problems but i got listed for scan 7 months after i went to doctor so i didnt scan at all because it got better. Now i am preaty sure that you and me now have torn or pulled muscle that is connecting neck and lower back ( spinal thorasis muscle i think ) . Thats why when you look down when sitting it hurts in lower back . I relasied what helped me most 2 years ago is : dont go to gym !!! and chill dovn for like one month dont do much just let it heal and when you feel confortable cou can try to do simple exercises and start to go again in gym , believe it will heal , just avoid high volume exercices . I had injuri first time on 170 kg deadlift and now again on 100 . I dont think i will do any more deadlift ever again so... take care , if you find something more feel free to share , because i am in same problem now .
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