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Back pain, pain under shoulder blades and near spine, couple of hard lumps found. Should be concerned ?

i have what I have always refered to as back pain , under my shoulder blades and near my spine , my daughter offered to give me a massage and felt a couple of hard lumps and when pressed hurt. However after the massage the paid reduced and the lumps moved - should i be concerned i am nearly 50 and have always assumped it was an age related thing. thanks
Asked On : Mon, 11 Feb 2013
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Thanks for writing in.

Seems you are suffering from spondylosis of spine. Spondylotic pain can radiate up / down your spine or around shoulder blades or even to your limbs. Those lumps are nothing but spastic muscles caused due to pain. I would suggest you to get your spine examined by your doctor. He might order for an Xray or if needed anMRI of your spine after doing relevant clinical examination. Usually such lumps get resolved with physiotherapy, but may recur if the cause for back pain is not treated properly.

Till then take rest on hard surface, avoid pillows, hot packs locally and analgesics/muscle relaxants might help you relieve the pain and spasm.

Get well soon.
Answered: Wed, 13 Feb 2013
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