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    Mid Back Pain! Tight!!!
    plao53 posted:
    Hello, I'm having mid back pain, my muscles are really tight on the right side. When I stretch and an pull upward my back pops in the affected area. It feels alot better when I do! then I get a tingle sensation through my arms and the back of my head. Please help.
    Dot40324 responded:
    Hi, Welcome. You really haven't given us much info about your situation. Did you injure yourself? Has this been going on for awhile or just recently?

    An ice pack will help reduce any swelling in your back. If a nerve is being pressed on that can cause the tingling in your arms, etc.

    However a heating pad can help to relax the muscles and ease the pain some. You might try alternating the ice pack (on 20 and off 20) with a heating pad to see what works best for you.

    If this doesn't improve in a few days I would definitely see my Primary Care Physician.........Dot
    plao53 responded:
    Dot, Thank you for responding! I'm 33 yr's old male and played High School football, but never received any major injuries then or have had any recently. I woke up one day around 3 moths ago and felt this way. I actually upgraded my mattress thinking that would help, I sleep better but still having the same back issues. So, yes I've been feeling this way for a while. We also purchased a body inverter to decompress my spine and I feel a tad bit better but still have to stretch to "POP" and ease the tightness in my right mid-back.

    Do you think it could be a nerve issue; and if it is, why does it pop? I've lifted weights in the past and have strained muscles in other areas and have a feeling of what that feels like, but this problem feels different! It's affecting my whole central nerve system from head to toe.

    I also seen a local Chiropractor and he did X-rays etc and my spine was health with no signs of previous injuries or what might be causing my dillemma. I really think its a nerve. Thank You... Marco
    Dot40324 responded:
    Marco, I too think it is a nerve because of what you said about the "pop" then the tingling. Whatever is causing the pop it sounds like it might be rubbing against a nerve.

    An x-ray is very limited with what shows up on them. An MRI will show so much more. You might want to ask your Dr to set one up for you. It's better to be safe than sorry.

    Wish I could help more. Back pain is terrible to deal with. Let us know what you find out..........Dot
    bj1208 responded:
    Hi Marco - thought I would try to help -

    usually nerves do not pop - so I really don't think that is it.

    Normally when our backs are sore and tight indicates that there could possibly be something else that's wrong especially since it has been a few months that this has been going on.

    This is what I would do -

    1) Please stop seeing the Chiropractor - while they are great at some muscle related issues they can do more harm than good especially if something is wrong. Also stop the decompressing with the body inverter - you may be doing more harm than good - I would only use something like this IF my doc's say to give it a try

    2) Please see your Primary Care Physician - let him/her know that x-rays have been done showing nothing wrong (X-rays are mainly for broken bones - they cannot show if a disc is bulging, etc.)

    3) Your Primary Care Physician may order an MRI to see what is going on - once this is done have your Primary Care doc refer you to either an orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon specializing in the spine - I'm not saying that you need surgery - but they are the best at reading the results

    4) Depending on the results you could be referred to a Pain Management specialist and maybe physical therapy - Pain Management specialist will review the results and request and may start a round of epidural shots - physical therapy may be ordered along with it as they usually go hand-n-hand

    Nerve issues are very tender and HURT real bad.

    I have nerve damage in both legs, hips and buttocks and it HURTS - I've never had any 'popping' sounds. Mine is caused by my lower back - I had surgery in 2/2008 - my L5-S1 disc blew out and pressed on the nerves and by the time I had surgery it was pretty much too late - the damage had already set in.

    As, I believe it was Dot who responded, use heat and ice treatments - when sleeping use extra pillows - under ur legs if sleeping on your back and between your legs if sleeping on your sides. Even though you have a new mattress you could be sleeping in a weird way not knowing it.

    Please keep us updated as to what happens - take care - Joy

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