Severe upper back pain....any ideas?

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Hi guys! 

So I’ve been having intermittent SEVERE upper back pain. I am 26 years old and female just FYI. Every once in a while, for no reason I can discern (not always moving sometimes just sitting or laying down sometimes bending over etc.) I will get this pain in my upper left back just between the middle of my shoulder blade and my spine. It is so severe as to stop me in my tracks. It usually only lasts anywhere between few seconds to a minute or two then stops. Other times it will come on and last for an hour or two and nothing I take seems to relieve it. It feels very sharp and I’m not sure what’s causing it. I had an MRI on my neck a few weeks ago because that is what my doctor suspected but it came back normal aside from some slight straightening. Anyone have any idea what this could be? Oh and also I have some Skelaxin 800 muscle relaxers that I have had for a while I take them ever it gets real bad but these literally seem like they are doing nothing. They don’t help in the slightest and no pain medication I have taken has helped either when it gets really bad up to and including some 7 mg hydrocodones i has left over from my gallbladder surgery I tried taking one time....I always just have to wait it out....does anyone have any ideas/clues/suggestions? They would be greatly appreciated!

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    It could be a intercoastal muscle pull. I just experienced this and quite honestly it was the worst pain I've ever had and I have chronic back pain as well as RA and PMR. All very painful conditions for which I take very strong pain meds for. So my point is that this kind of muscle pull really hurts. Mine hurt every time I moved and it was at its worst over a weekend. Intercoastal muscle are the ones that hold all you're ribs together.

    The other thing it could be is a pinched nerve which also hurts horrible bad. And you should get great results from physical therapy.

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    Hi, I think I have to agree with the other comment on muscle pull etc. When you say doctor said about some slight straightening, have you been to see a chiropractor as they have been fantastic in the past for spin alignment and muscle pulls. May be worth visiting a chiropractor or physio although physio won’t realign your spin. 

    Hope you get some relief 

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    Hi Debra, I would defo go with the chiropractor, I swear BT mine, also you mentioned your gallbladder? Was the pain there before surgery or just started after? I would ask for a scan on your thoracic spine😊

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    My doctors discovered yesterday that they believe I have an impinged scapulary nerve. He was giving me an exam and pushed on where the nerve is closest to the surface there and I nearly fell off the table with the same pain. They say I need some cortisone shots into the nerve which I’m nervous about cause I’ve herd they hurt badly but anything is worth it to make this pain stop
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      Ooh that's sound painful, I have cortisone injectuons in my faucet joint, I won't lie it's painful but very quick and well worth the results, the first time is always the worst after that it's a walk in the park, let us know how you get on 😊

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