I’ve had a somewhat strange upper mid back pain for going on for over 6 weeks. I am almost 98% sure it’s muscular, but nothing I’ve tried has helped.
The pain is all on my left side, right beside and right below my shoulder blade. My lat and the muscle right next to my spine, sort of adjacent to and just below my shoulder blade is affected.
I say it’s strange because, while the pain is isolated to the left side lat and muscle by the spine, the pain changes throughout the day. The worst is at the end of the day. The muscle by my spine has a sharp almost burning kind of intense pain. It’s basically always in the exact same spot. Laying down on the floor is about the only thing that helps. But through the day, I’ll have an ache in that whole lat-back area, (different places at different times, and sometimes basically no pain at all). At times I’ll have a sharper pinpoint pain like a bad knot, but not always in the exact same spot. Every once in a while, I’ll have sort of tingling or numbness, but it’s just in that region.
I haven’t had any other problems. No numbness or tingling, no substantial range of motions difficulties.
When it first started, I started to do some postural resistance band exercises, but after a couple days, it only got worse. After that I had some massage therapy, then went to my chiropractor. I thought one massage and an adjustment would do the trick, but neither helped much. I went to the massage therapist a total of three times, to the point that she said my left side felt better than my right. I also did some foam roller stretching too.
My chiropractor did three ultrasound treatments, and did some manual deep tissue work on the muscle under my shoulder blade. It was incredibly painful, but I saw the most improvement from that…
It’s been about three weeks since that treatment, and I’m not improving. My chiropractor said they only do 3 ultrasound treatments. They’ve mentioned dry needling as a next step.
I’ve been doing some stretch band stretches, along with a few other stretches, and a few exercises too. I have a new high-end ergonomic chair at work, and I rearranged my work station a few weeks ago to be more ergonomic.
As far as I know, I did not do anything to get injured. My job has me at a desk for several hours a day, and my posture at work hasn’t been the greatest. But I’ve exercised enough to keep my standing posture pretty decent. I have and anterior rotation in my shoulders but nothing crazy, and slight forward head tilt.
I am going to try the dry needling, but if anyone has any other advice or treatment options, I’m open to try anything at this point. 6+ weeks of not being able to do anything when I get home from the office has me pretty discouraged.
TLDR; I have a sharp pain under my left shoulder blade, lat and back. Stretching, ultrasound, massage, chiropractic adjustments, and postural exercises haven’t helped. Any ideas?