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upper back/lower neck pain

I'm experiencing a shrieking pinching or piercing pain between my shoulder blades that just began. I never have experienced it before, but I have been experiencing a dull bothersome pain in my upper right arm and before that a dull pain in the right side of my neck. this dull pain in neck and arm has been going on for about 9 or 10 months. I also have been getting a dull pain in my chest. It feels as though each area (neck, back, arm, and chest )are separate and usually pain is at separate times, but I feel as though they are all connected by and even duller pain stringing them together. As I'm sitting here typing, I'm starting to feel the pain between my shoulder blades moving up my neck to the back of my head. Still feeling like the areas ( shoulder blades, neck, head ) are strung together. The pain seems to get worse when turning my head from one side to the other.
Does any one know what this could be?


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,704
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  • thoracic spine painthoracic spine pain Posts: 566
    edited 07/13/2013 - 10:05 PM
    Have a look at the dermatone chart that Sandi uses as an avatar, or look it up on this site. You can see if it is caused by your spine when you link the dermatone chart to where the pain radiates on the dermatone chart.
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  • TomasBTTomasB Posts: 3
    edited 07/15/2013 - 6:17 AM
    To avoid upper back pains, I stretch thoroughly when I wake in the mornings and before exercising. I also, try to maintain a proper posture and not to stress my muscles. When I am already experiencing pain. I have massages, use ice packs, and/or ultrasound treatment, depending on the severity of the pain. This works for me. I think the best thing is for you to find what causes the pain and then find treatment methods that work well for you specifically. Hope this helps.
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