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Upper back pain and chest pain

Hi all, I am currently suffering with upper back pain, and it comes on strong during the night (4am/5am ish) which wakes me up, and the pain spread around to my chest and makes breathing in painful. Once I am up and about I feel better although still pains in the upper back. I saw my GP yesterday who did lots of checks and said I have sprained a muscle but my mobility, movements and strength is all normal. The pains are tight and in waves,
I have never suffered with this sort of pain before.
I also suffer with Fibromyalgia in my shoulders and neck which I have been suffering with for a few years, but this is never that bad (i.e. it doesnt stop me doing things)
For painkillers, I am taking Paracetamol and Codeine.
Any advice, tips etc would be very helpful!

Thanks, Nichola (UK)


  • sweanyssweany Posts: 1
    edited 12/05/2013 - 6:05 AM
    Is there a cure for this so called Problem. I'm only twentytwo and i don't want to live like this for the rest of my life. As far as the pain is concerned i would not describe this pain in my back as being crackig. Its more like a bitter discomfort most of the times. I hate my life being so limited. Its effecting my psyche. Has anybody any advice for me? At this point i'm really pretty open to anything that could help me....

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  • mickkrmmickkr Posts: 166
    edited 10/01/2013 - 7:47 PM
    Nichola, all being well your GP is right and the problem will resolve itself in time. If however, the pains persist, become worse, or if you start experiencing numbness or weakness in your legs or feet, or bladder/bowel urgency, tell your GP straight away.
    Did the doctor do a "Babinski" test (stroking the bottom of your foot to see whether your toes curl up or down)?
    I'm not young enough to know everything - Oscar Wilde
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  • If you touch the areas of your chest that hurt and press down on those areas and it hurts, it could be one of these diseases
    A rhumatologist would be helpful in diagnosing your pain
    God bless
  • AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,008
    edited 10/04/2013 - 7:44 PM
    Have you been coughing much? Sounds like I felt when I had pleurisy, it was like a stabbing pain, worse in the middle in night and along a couple ribs to the edges of my sternum. It really was painful, I sympathize if you have that, but it goes away in a couple weeks. Feel better soon.
  • I've had muscle spasms and pain before and it can be very uncomfortable and painful. It did resolve itself eventually after a couple of weeks. If the pain doesn't go away then please return to your gp! Don't take on any strenuous activities until it's feeling better. Best of luck!
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  • Jim_LJJim_L Posts: 189
    edited 12/05/2013 - 2:37 AM
    I'm 52, back when I was around 15-16 I convinced my parent t buy me a motorcycle (100cc Indian).
    My first attempt to ride, I went slow into the woods next to my house & crashed (more of a slip actually being new at this but I got better!) the bike next to a tree & I came off the bike & wrapped myself backwards around the tree. It hurt but being a kid, I bounced right back onto the bike.
    Years later my wife & I were at a friends wedding reception sitting at a table just talking & I had what felt like my first 'heart attack' where my chest was being crushed.
    MANY years later after having a full spinal mri for a pre op test, it was revealed that many of my thoracic disks were herniated & around T10-12 the spinal cord is compressed about halfway. I realized it was the bike incident that caused the initial damage & a life of carting around rock band equipment didn't help.
    Many times over the years I've had lots of these 'attacks' where i'll be unable to move or just fall to the ground unable to move until the attack calms down. Sometimes I feel like i'll suffocate, barely ale to breath in enough air to fill an empty balloon. The middle of my back is a constant numbing burn below the surface between my shoulder blades & it wraps around the left side of my chest on occasion. My toddler grandson came over a few weeks ago & I enjoyed playing with him for a few hours & spent the next 6 days recovering...;>)
    Something that happened so long ago can easily comeback to bite you in the arse! Every 'new' bit of 'damaging activity' can accumulate a little at a time but the recovery time becomes exponential.
    I'm at a point where I can't pick him up again (but I will, i'm Irish that way!) because he may just put me in a wheelchair for the rest of my life. The snow shoveling/blowing will be interesting this year...;>)
    An MRI is the only way to reveal such damage. Get it checked asap!
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 12,974
    The T4 disc can mimic heart attacks. There will be a great deal of pressure on your chest, as if an elephant was sitting there and you can get sharp pains in both of your arms

    Some therapists and a few doctors will refer to this as the T4 Syndrome.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
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