HomeAnswersChiropractorback painI am having excruciating pain in my back, wrapping around my rib muscles under my left breast and down my elbow. Please help.

What are the possible causes of excruciating pain in the back?


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Published At October 11, 2023
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I am having excruciating pain in my back, wrapping around my rib muscles under my left breast and down my elbow. At first, I thought it was a stroke or heart attack. I do not know if it is a pinch or pulled muscle. I cannot lift my arms over my head without collapsing in pain. I cannot take full breaths either. It feels like it starts under my left shoulder blade. I do not know if I should get a sling or what. I cannot bend or reach or do anything that moves my arm away from my side. I have already tried extra-strength Tylenol and muscle relaxers, which did not help. Please help.


Answered by James F. Geiselman


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

I have reviewed your question. I am sorry you are experiencing back pain. Nearly 80 % of people will experience back pain at some point. Based on the location and description of your pain, it sounds as though you may be experiencing pain due to a rib being out of place. If you were my patient, I would perform a chiropractic examination and recommend chiropractic adjustments and exercises if you were a candidate for care. Since you are not my patient, I recommend you visit a chiropractor for treatment and proper care. They may want an X-ray to confirm their diagnosis, but I suspect they will recommend a trial of care to see how you respond to supervision.

I hope this information will help you.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

James F. Geiselman
James F. Geiselman


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