Sternum/back pain any ideas??

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   Posted 4/21/2010 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning!! I hope I'm posting in the correct place. I am a 26 year old healthy female.
For months I have had some pain/pressure between my sholder blades. If I get squeezed really tight around the chest/back it hurts too bad and I feel like something is going to break. Just recently (about 2 weeks) Ive started having sharp pains around my sternum when sitting-up from laying down or moving my arms a certian way. Its not persistant, just when I make certian movements. It feels like a quick jolt of needles poking in my chest.
I went to my GP on Monday and he told me he thinks it muscular and has set me up to see a physical therapist. He was going to have me do a chest x-ray but since I've recently gotten a CT scan, he didn't feel comfortable with me getting that much radiation.
Has anyone has anything similar to this? Ive tried taking Ibuprofin 600 which seems to do NOTHING. Ive noticed that icing it seems to make it more irritated and heath is quite soothing.
Thank you!!!

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   Posted 4/21/2010 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Richmond,
Welcome to the chronic pain forum of Healing Well. It sounds like you might be experiencing more acute (short term) pain, which is hopefully just muscular. Physical therapy sounds like the right first step. A good physical therapist can help assess the situation, help you relax muscles, look at activities and posture issues that might be causing your symptoms, and teach you exercises like stretches to help relieve your symptoms. If it's just muscular, doing the work your PT gives you (it's important to do any home exercises your PT gives and follow his/her suggestions) you should find a way to work these through over a few weeks or so. Sometimes if it's stubborn it may take a few months, and changing some of the way you do certain things.

We're not doctors here, so all I'm offering is from a lot of past experience with physical therapy, and it can be great if you get a good physical therapist. One thing I would suggest is to go to a place (there are usually a lot of choices of PT places and therapists) where you'll see the same therapist each time. Then that person gets to know your body, and how you're doing. And ask for someone that has experience with the area of the body causing you problems. Some places just have you take whatever PT is available at the time. I like to have the same person, at least most of the time. And you can ask your doctor who he/she has heard good reports from as far as positive experiences with PT.

Hope this helps a bit.


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   Posted 4/21/2010 11:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Richmond!

I sure do hope you find the cause of your pain and then some relief! Often times pain is difficult to the source since it can translate around the body. I remember gall bladder attacks that were on my back, between my shoulder blades. I thought that was mighty weird but it's very common.

One thing I would suggest considering is to ask for a heart check-up. I'm not saying this to scare you, just to share with you how often women are very different than men. When my mother was in her late 70's she had horrid pain between her shoulder blade. It was so bad at times that taking a breath was almost out of the question because of the pain. She went to her doctor (unfortunately is was Group Health...or Group Death as we call it around here) and he said it was a muscle issue. He had her on muscles relaxers and shipped her off to PT for a bit. It only was worse and worse. So he changed pills and suggested rest and whatever else he could think of. This went on for months and months. She even tried acupuncture on her own and had no relief.

In the mean time my father, who was on hospice care, continued to decline and passes away. She had one more doc appointment with someone new and he recognized it as congestive heart failure!! Just a few days after dads' memorial service mother had a massive heart attack and when the paramedics came they checked her over and asked me if she had plans for end of life care. I knew by the time they got there that she would likely not make it. The doctor at the hospital even told us that they couldn't even get a catheter threaded into the artery that was blocked on her heart. But, just as he told us the bad news his partner got the cath in and placed 2 stents. She was with us for another 4 years after that. This man literally would not let her die and refused to give up trying to save her after others had.

The reason for this long story is to let you, and others, remember that women feel heart problems different than men...often. You likely are having a muscle problem, but please don't discount having a good heart check-up just to be sure. We want you to be around for a very long time!

Warm hugs,
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