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Severe upper back pain and burping/ lump in the throat

So I've been suffering with severe back pain for the past few years. It started mainly on my right side between the shoulder blades and has since spread to the top of my right arm and just below my collar bone on my right side. Every once in a while the pain sweeps the entire area and makes it almost unbearable and then it is followed with burping or the feeling of a lump in my throat or chest.

I started out doing the obvious thing, getting deep tissue massage every week or two and asking them to focus on my upper back. This helped for short periods of time and I almost couldn't make it to the next session without it coming back full force.

I tried different sprays for pain, muscle rubs, massage, chiropractor, even just cracking my own back.. Turns out the solution was really simple.

I started googling referred pain and trigger points when I came across a muscle group called the scalenes. The scalenes are the three muscles that help move your neck from side to side, they also connect with the top of your lungs and the top two ribs. Some therapists refer to them as the Bermuda Triangle. To find them, they start just under the ear and run downward below the collar bone.. When I found them, I found multiple knots all over. I lightly massaged the area and could feel the lump in my throat loosening up, as I massaged another knot, my arm started to feel more relaxed, and another, my back pain disappeared.

Now I'm not a professional of any kind, but I can't believe that all the times I had been in for massage, explained the pain areas and not one worked on these muscles. I mean, they are within reach that I could do it myself and already am benefiting from it.

Anyways, hope this helps anyone with the same problem!
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replied December 25th, 2018
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Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern. Just go to a spine surgeon, let them examine your back completely and then proceed accordingly with it and decide what is best for you.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan
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