I feel like someone punched me in the back
April 24, 2012 10:37 AM Subscribe
I've been suffering muscle soreness/stiffness in my back for almost two months now. I thought it was related to walking (see my previous question
), I've reduced my walking to almost zero and the pain persists. What could possibly be causing this and how can I nip this in the bud?
posted by chara to health & fitness (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The tension is in my neck and upper back, mostly around my shoulder blades. It is particularly severe on my right side. It feels very similar to the way you feel after a really hard workout, except I don't work out. I was walking a lot to get exercise, and also doing yoga, but both of those activities exacerbate the pain, so I've stopped doing them. I've been to two chiropractors, one of whom said my muscles were so tight on my right side, she couldn't even properly adjust me. She also noticed a significant amount of "crunchy" scar tissue along my right shoulder-blade, which may be the result of the coughing bout I had in Feb/March due to a misdiagnosed respiratory infection. The coughing has been gone for over a month, but the pain continues. Some days I feel fine, almost normal, and others I can barely function. It hurts to lie down or sit up straight. I tried doing yoga and by the end, my entire back had tensed up so much, I couldn't even move. My yoga teacher, after feeling my back, told me to avoid any positions that required me to lie on my back.
Both my chiropractor and my doctor suggested that I take ibuprofen to reduce the swelling, which I have been doing. But I don't want to take ibuprofen for the rest of my life.
I've tried soaking in epsom salts, massage therapists, medicated heating pads and posture adjustment. These temporarily soothe the pain, but it always comes back.
Right now I'm wearing 4 icy hot medicated heating pads at work, so so I can make it through the day, and they're not doing anything. The warmth feels nice, but every time I try to sit up straight, I feel like someone knocked me in the back.
I am at a loss for what to do next. I've spent so much time and money on this problem and no one seems to have a good solution. I just want a normal life. I'm only in my mid 20s. What is going on?