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What causes sore muscles in the back and congestion in the sinuses?

Hello, I am a 34 year old male 5 8 220 pounds (gained 15 lbs since onset of illness). I have been sick for over 4 months with very sore muscles in my back and neck, severe congestion in my sinuses and chest as well as my lungs towards my back. I have head congestion and severe headaches near my temples. I have a weird vibration in the middle of my chest that takes my breath away. I labor sometimes breathing, I have left chest pain under breast plate and near my arm pit. I feel my pulse beating heavily in different parts of my body. I have had constipation, and muscle weakness. I know it s a long list of multiple symptoms...I have been to the ER many times and to a primary care doctor twice. I have had 4 ekg s two chest X-rays and lots of blood work. So far, they have been unable to find anything and I m feeling crazy! I feel terrible all day everyday although sometimes worse than others. I can t remember feeling healthy and a have stopped shaving and cutting my hair. It is hard to look at the future brightly right now and I can t make the doctors understand. Is there anyone out there who can advise me what I should do?
Tue, 4 Feb 2014
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Thanks for your query.

Cause of sore muscles in back seems to be Mechanical in nature.     
It is a common medical problem.Mechanical back pain implies the source of pain is in the spine and/or its supporting structure. The surrounding muscles and ligaments may develop reactive spasm and pain.
1. Lie on hard bed
2. Taking muscle relaxants in combination with mild pain killers will help you.
3. Hot water fomentation to back 2-3 times a day and applying a local analgesic gel on the affected area will also help in providing a relief.
4. Physiotherapy - Interferential therapy (IFT) to your back will help you relieve the pain
5. Avoid driving, leaning forward, sitting for prolonged time or lifting heavy weights. These activities can increase your back pain.
You can start with swimming and mild aerobic exercises. These do help a lot in the back pain. Do adequate warming up before starting the exercises daily.
Taking calcium and vitamin D 3 supplements will also help in early recovery. You can get these prescribed from your orthopedician.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
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