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What causes lower back pain radiating to the shoulders?

A few days of taking the cholesterol pill, ATORVASTATIN, I had horrible back pain that started in the lower back, moved up to the middle the second day, then in between the shoulders. I am pretty sure I did not do anything to cause a strain. It felt more like aching muscles, not pulled muscles. After four days of this, the pain disappeared. A few days passed, then I developed a little cough, scratchy throat, almost like an allergy, but it was more persistent. It would go on throughout the night. I took myself off the cholesterol med about three days ago and I have not had any more cough. This is the first time I have been on medicine for cholesterol. What do you think?
Tue, 11 Jul 2017
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
Hi i am Dr Ahmed Aly
thanks for using HealthcareMagic site ,
I had gone through your question and understand your concerns ..

I hope you feel better soon , It is a kind of allergy or hyper sensitivity reaction may be due to your medication or else maybe this is a sort of cervical radiating pain due to neuro-vascular compression on nerve endings in your spine at the cervical region .
In most of cases pain may subside simultaneously without medication with rest and avoiding any heavy lifting , over weighing ,vigorous movements and bad sleeping and sitting postures .
For my patients i may recommend advil tabs when needed , hot gentle massaging with topical anti-inflammatory gels , B12 vitamin supplements and muscle relaxants with some neck stretching exercises and spinal straightening exercises will be effective for most of cases .in more severe and chronic cases steroid tabs or injections are prescribed .
If pain persists i recommend MRI scan on cervical vertebrae to exclude any disc herniation and follow them up with your neurologist for better evaluation and management .

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Any further clarifications feel free to ask.
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