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Breastbone pain / upper back pain

Ben1975BBen1975 Posts: 1
edited 12/14/2014 - 3:50 PM in Chronic Pain
Hello and thank you in advance for any advice you can give.

I'm a 39 year old male that has had some sort of back pain for about a year now. It started with just waking up with a sore lower back if I fell asleep while lying on my back. Then the pain would go away after getting up and moving around (doing daily routines). Then the pain started coming even if I was sleeping on my side. Again, the pain would go away after getting my day started and moving around. About a couple months ago the pain wasn't only located in my lower back but mid spine region as well. It was getting bad enough to wake me up in the early morning hours, so I finally decided to get some help. The doctor took x-rays and ultrasounds of my back and hips. Found that I have a large curve in my spine (both upper and lower) and I have a 6th lumbar vertebrae (never fused together when I was younger... Or something along those lines) He also found the my hips are quite rotated to the right and at an angle.

I have been getting treatment in the way of massage and some minor adjustments (not much cracking) and some stretching and core strengthening training. The back pain that was in my lower spine has gotten much better and my upper spine as well. But my concern lies here...

Recently I have been feeling breastbone pain (where my ribs come together in the center of my chest... Heart area) and also the ribs in the center of my back. The pain isn't terrible by any means, but it does worry me.

Could this pain be the result of my spine being realigned and years of improper posture?


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  • other than your doctor. If you are experiencing new pain or troubling symptoms, the best option is to see your doctor for an examination and follow up with any specialists they recommend. Chest pain can be serious so I suggest that you see your doctor as soon as possible to evaluate it.
  • Of course I can't tell you what's going on specifically, as I'm not a dr and I can't see your x-rays - but I had a similar experinence.

    My thoracic spine was terribly curved and I had pain that radiated to my breastbone. Part of the problem was that signals from pinched nerves sent pain signals everywhere, the other part of the problem were many dislocated ribs.

    I still get ribs that pop out and, when they do, it hurts both at my spine and in the front.

    The problem is that it's difficult to tell what's actually causing the pain without actually looking.

    For a quick fix, you can try a chiropractor. If it's a rib out, they can put it back and then you'll have relief. I used them extensively for a decade to keep me going as long as possible and a good one did help.

    Hint: If a chiropractor promises to 'cure' you... run. If they insist that you pay for ten... or twenty... visits before the first one... run.

    If they try to sell you a ton of expensive vitamins... run.

    Find someone who'll listen and look and try... one visit at a time.

    When my ribs would pop out, they'd be put back in, then pop out again. It kept happening because my spine was so deformed. A dislocated rib hurts like hell and you will have pain relief if you can get it corrected. But if your spine is deformed, it will keep happening. So be aware of that.

    Oh, on the chiropractor thing: Ask the receptionist if he's been trained in the Activator machine. If he hasn't, then call someone else. It's so much less traumatic and really does help.
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  • Where's my comment? I thought that I had some helpful experience to share...
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