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    Mid and upper back question

    hey guys
    Background:
    I am a 37 year old male. I have always been the anxious and nervous guy my entire life. But I tend to control it. I used to do weight lifting since 2014. Took supplements and multivitamins. Fast forward to 2017 December I received my first panic attack. I thought something is going to happen. I quickly faked 911 and all the boood work came fine

    I went to my GP and she gave me Xanax. I refused to take and thought I can manage it myself. All December I felt like I cannot breathe properly, my forehead was hot and I was always anxious. I cannot get the perfect breadth so i went to Er in first week of January. They did all the blood test and chest X-ray which came normal.

    After 1.5 month of living not a good life, I ended up taking Xanax. Well I did get my life back. I started feeling good. It was way much better now as compared to earlier. However, there were Lot of times where i got the sane feeling when you fly in the plane and the plane has a sudden drop due to turbulence and your heart drops. It was very frustrated.

    I used to like GYM but I cannot lift weights now. Every time I went to the gym and lift weights, my heart beat got fast and it made me feel like something is going to happen to me. So I stop working out.

    Since February till June life was like that for me. I cannot live alone and been worried that something might be wrong with me. In May I started getting some tingling in my left chest. I ended up doing stress and heart ultrasound test which cam.le back normal

    In One of those days in June, there was one day when I breathe I had slight pain in chest. I went to Er they did blood work and chest. Ray everything came back normal

    Since July until now , I started encountering upper back pain. Mostly between the shoulder blades. It happens if I run , or sit in one position. Anytime I am bringing my neck down or squeeze my back it get soar. I always feel like some sensation in my upper back and my brain always focus on my upper back. The pain is there but itís not that severe but it affects my life because I cannot workout or run or pick heavy things my gp asked me to go to physio therapy or spine specialist

    Has anyone encountered these kind of symptoms or am I the only wierd one ? I am not on any pills. Btw i also had an increase in my fatty deposits

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    Re: Mid and upper back question

    All the symptoms you describe are anxiety symptoms. What was the catalyst behind the panic attack?

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    Well I did my physical in 2017 and I saw I had pimples on my back. Dr did some test and found out that I had stain incection. Bear in my mind that there are categories of staph infection and my was hair follicles

    Well I went to google and search for staph infection and got so many horrific stories of dying, heart attack etc. well that’s when I got my first panic attack and since then I have not been able to control my nervousness. I cannot lift heavy weights, if I breathe heavy I feel like something is going to happen.

    And now there is upper back pain. When I squeeze my shoulders I heard cracks and then it becomes soar and then pain. If I pick up anything heavy I get the soarness and the pain for a little time. When I run outside m, it feels like something is stuck in between my shoulder blades so I had t ok use a ball to get rid of it but then the next day I get sensation which makes me anxious. Every time I google, i get more nervous so I have stoooed googling Around.

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    So I did my spine X-ray and it was normal. Went o the spine specialist and he told me to get neck X-ray and some physio therapy. It is so annoying that the pain comes and goes. Radiates from neck to shoulders and then sometime between my shoulder blades.

    If I workout those muscles, the pain goes away for couple of hours but then it comes back. The pain is not severe but more like dull ache pain and it’s been going on for more than a month.

    Anyone else encounter these kind of symptoms ?

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    Re: Mid and upper back question

    I've been getting similar pain. I think it might be osteoarthritis.

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    I've been getting similar pain. I think it might be osteoarthritis. You could have a mild case from weight lifting, exacerbated by anxiety.

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    Re: Mid and upper back question

    Can you elaborate more on your situation ? When did it started and how were you diagnosed and what are you doing for recovery ?

    I donít have any numbness in legs or arms. I can do leg workout without any issues. They gave me meloxicam 15mg which I took for 2 days and saw little relieved but sensation was still there. Hence I stopped talking it after 2 days due to side effects.

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    Re: Mid and upper back question

    I haven't been diagnosed. I'm in the process of trying to figure out where my pain comes from, but my mom - who is a nurse - mentioned the possibility and it seems to fit. I wake up with aching pain in my lower neck/upper back that sometimes extends to my mid-back. It gets better throughout the day and then worse by the evening again. And my neck makes grinding sound when I move it in certain ways. I've had the grinding for a long time, but the pain is fairly new. For me, if that's what it is, it's based on my years of horrific posture, but it's a wear and tear condition, so I would imagine weight lifting could do it. I'm not trying to diagnose you! But, it's not a serious condition so worth checking in on before worrying about more nefarious causes of your pain. From what I understand the treatment is usually lifestyle changes like physical therapy, weight loss, and exercise. I've been anxious lately, and stress/tension can make it worse.

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