Mid back muscular pain

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Hi all,

I had posted a couple of weeks ago in regards to back pain. My doctor has put it down to health anxiety but surely constant pain for 3 months suggests there's something wrong in my back.

My main issue is I have no initial cause for it. I remember waking up with it and since I've had pretty much constant pain both sides of my spine underneath my shoulder blades. I've been to see an NHS physio who gave me a couple of stretches and went to see a chiropractor who told me they could fix it but it doesn't seem to have helped (they did mention how tense my back muscles seemed even though I was meant to be 'relaxed'wink.

I have tried naproxen which again didn't seem to help with the pain. The only things which do help are resting in bed and a warm bath - which does suggest muscular I am thinking.

Is there any reason muscular tension would last for this long and cause so much pain constantly. I am a 28 year old male and it is getting in the way of everything I enjoyed doing! 

Any replies would be much appreciated.

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    I suffered from mid back pain for a long time.  I too tried a chiropractor.  In fact, I had 26 visits with a chiropractor and it did absolutely nothing to help my back (back when insurance was comprehensive).  Even the chiropractor got frustrated.  But then I became a personal trainer and learned the proper way to exercise, stretch, walk, and stand.  I also learned how to strengthen my back, core, and glute muscles.  It made all the difference in the world.  If you can work with a personal trainer - specifically an NASM corrective exercise specialist - I suggest you do.  They're approach is vastly different than your average trainer.  If not, I suggest you do a whole lot of research on proper movement patterns, stretching, and strengthening.  Muscles that are out of whack, i.e., some too tight (over used) and some to lose (weak) can wreak havoc on you musculoskeletal system.  Many back problems can be solved by balancing the muscles.  Good luck.  Let us know if this helps you in any way.

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      Thanks so much for the info. I will look into it.

      My main concern was that it was something serious and this is why doc has probably said health anxiety. I just didn't really think muscular problems could last this long.

      I'll start to work on the area and hopefully will see improvements.

      Thanks again

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      Yes, muscle imbalances become worse over time if not corrected.  This doesn't mean they can't be corrected, but the longer they are out of whack the longer it will take to get them balanced.  And, the longer they are out of whack, the more you will compensate which will result in more imbalances that can affect other areas of the body.  It's truly amazing how many ailments can be corrected just by simply getting muscle imbalances corrected early enough before they become chronic and too far gone, i.e., knew pain, shoulder pain and impingement, back and neck problems, disk issues, joint pain - the list goes on.  Good luck to you and I hope you get some relief soon. 

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    Unfortunately muscles aches can last that long or more. But I think you need an MRI to check for problems with your back. If you can get in to see a neurologist that specializes in the back. If nothing else it will at least rule out damage. You might also ask you doctor if he/she will proscribe you some muscle relaxers. Most will make you sleepy so you will probably only be able to take it when you go to bed. You can also try lidocaine as a topical cream or in a patch. Here in the US we can get it OTC as long as it is not over 4%. I do not know what is available in the UK. Mentally you should stop worrying how it happened. I read in a book that people with back pain want a reason for why the pain started. We all think its something physical we did wrong and in a lot of cases we don't know, and you can be experiencing this pain for physiological reasons. I blame my back pain on an exercise I had previously done that I had to stop because I could feel pain in my back as I was doing it. But my chronic back pain didn't start until a week or so had passed. It could have been something else and I'll never know for sure.

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