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Pain between shoulder blades

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Hi all,

Went camping last week and the last few day my middle back between the shoulder blades tightened up really bad and now I have pain there daily and it sometimes radiates to the front of my chest.

I have had this on and off in my life, but this is the worst it's been.

I really notice it when I take a deep breath in. Last night I went for an hour walk and the whole time my middle back ached and I felt it in the chest as well. Then I got a headache by the time I got back.

Went to the chiropractor a couple days ago and no relief.

Any ideas of what this could be?


  • Can you set up an appointment to discuss your concerns that it may be something other than acid reflux and that those meds don't take care of it.

  • I'm going to see my Naturopath in a couple hours, but I may go back to see my physician as well.

    Unfortunately, here in Canada, you just can't book an MRI or a Cat Scan without the doctor exhausting the use of drugs to take the pain away...hence the acid med's.

    I have asked her to please consider endoscopy and she said no and even if she did...would take over a year to get in.

    I feel that going back to her will just end up with another perscription.

    BUT when I do go see the naturopath today, I will look at possibly getting an MRI, catscan or endoscopy through a private clinic. ($3000++).

    So frustrating.
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  • Sorry to hear how frustrating the system is for you. I hope that your Naturopath can help you out today.

    Keep us posted.

  • I went to my NP yesterday. Having told her my symptoms, she said that my spine was in spasm (hence the throbbing stabbing pain). She said when the mid back in particular goes into spasm, the nerves are not functioning properly. She said this can cause reflux, digestive problems, heart palps, etc. (all of which I have).

    She gave me six injections of a natural muscle relaxant along the area that is in spasm. Today I have no pain or discomfort! I will continue with these treatments over the next couple of weeks and in the meantime start doing exercises to stregnthen that area so this won't keep happening.

    Let's hope this is the end of my pain.

  • Hi DG, I am so glad you have got some relief from your spasms. I suffer from horrible spasms in my thoracic spine, and the pain is excruciating. My GP has prescribed me diazepam as a muscle relaxant and it does help.
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  • Deb,

    What was in the injections? I have been suffering middle-upper back pain for over 8 months. Had an MRI and it just showed a slight bulging disc. Doc won't give me anymore pain meds which is okay as they stopped working. Glad you have found some relief.


    At my last doctors appointment I got in to an arguement with my doctor over whether diazepan helped muscle spasm's. He said no it did not and I said yes it did. I told him it was a muscle relaxant. He said well maybe it might help because you have dulled the brains senses but it is not used as a muscle relaxant. Jeez he pissed me off.

    He won't even let me start physical therapy untill I am totaly off of valium. I think that's riduculous. He thinks my head is clouded from the valium. I wasn't taking that much to begin with and I am down to 10 mg a day and the only reason I don't quit completely, which I could, is that it does help with the back spasms.

    This whole thing is making me crazy.
  • Hi Suziee,
    Well, at least my GP got that right. It is a muscle relaxant, though it does cloud your head a bit, but it does help.
    Living with this pain makes me crazy too.
  • Actually, I'd be interested to know what's in these too.
  • Going back for another injection on Monday, I'll ask my NP and let you know!
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