March 2nd I was doing seated front lat pull downs 140lbs,3 sets of 10 as a warm up.I decided to do 20 per set and on the last one 20th I got an electric shock across my upper back?? went right up into my teeth.3 seconds later all was fine so I continued my work out.March 3rd woke up and felt like someone hit me with a sledgehammer dead center of my chest ,had troble breathing.Went to the doctor a week later and they did a slew of tests on my heart found nothing.They said my back muscles were extremely tense.Long story short 5 doctors later and 1 chiro , the said my c-7 rib was not positionned properly een though the xrays showed nothing???? My trapezius was super tensed up in protection mode.Today the chest tension is all but gone ,physio has helped my upper left side of back where the rib hurt when they pressed on it.Here is the problem I need opinions on: Why does my neck flare up and get tense like im carrying a 2 ton weight?? Then 10mins later it will go away.May come back in the day or not at all??? and why jaw tension?? where the joints are?? een teeth hurt sometimes when its really bad.Im haing less spasms then before and after two months im actually capable of sleeping on my back for a couple of hours ,where before that was out of the question?? The neck is what worries me? I mean rib hurts so neck and jaw hurts seriously>??? wtf?? I just want to go back to normal so I can weight train again I miss it so much I lost 22 ilbs since my injury and it seems to be taking foreer.........last point my neck when really bad makes me dizzy but I was told this was normal with a tense neck,could job stress and injury stres be the cause or do I nere damage? although some days I feel really good ??? opinions please? Doctors say MRI not worth it since they say all signs point to muslcular ? 5 doctors can't be wrong right??
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All this for a Pull down?!?!?!?!? (phew... I could still use a couple of question marks!)
I'd agree with your doctors, though honestly it sounds like you may have simply pinched a nerve or even torn part of your trapezius, both of which are very hard to see/diagnose easily. A pinched or damaged nerve in your neck could cause all the symptoms you're describing, from the jaw pain to neck tightness.
What sort of stretching/mobility exercises are you doing for your neck/upper back/shoulders?
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Injuries like this can sometimes be a result of posture/technique, or sometimes due to strength imbalances. Until you have corrected the issue it will likely keep lingering when you resume training.
Have you tried going to an osteopathic doctor? They are real physicians but typically focus on root causes and fixing the true problem rather than prescribing medications/surgery to fix the results of the issue.
I apologize for the endless initial post ,my bad.I haven't seen an osteopathis doctor however after this week I certainly will.As for the stretches im doing now twice a day are as follows:
1:Yoga back curl to attempt positionning the rib cage,12 morning,12 night.
2:Three neck stretches, left arm on shoulder,right arm on shoulder head turn.Chin to torso.Front neck upward stretch while applying slight pressure with hand on lower neck
3:Three jaw TMJ exercises to relax my jaws.
Almost forgot I believe there has been some progress in my upper back pain.The heavy tension is really gone except occasionally the neck.Today when I stretched my neck I felt a heavy elastic tug under my left shoulder blade and my neck untensed a lot.
Under my left shoulder blade it hurts much more but not a muscle tension pain or discomfort just simply pain(actually like this feeling better than tension).Jaws weren't too tense today,neck was much less tense.Now im just going to ask the evident question (whats doing this under my shoulder blade so I can fix it).Thank you all for the opinion.
When you say rib, you mean vertebrae right (I'm assuming since you say C7)? If your C7 isn't properly aligned, than that would mean your injury is definitely not muscular and will take some time to heal. Your trapezius is C3-C4, if you had a C7 lesion, everything from C8 down could potentially be affected. Chest and upper back pain could be possible, but face... not so much. If some parts of your spinal cord are compressed, you could definitely feel some dizziness.
The tense trapezius is probably a protective muscle spasm which is common in injuries and the irradiating pain is also typical of some injuries, it's called referred pain. For example, arthritis at the hip can cause knee pain, heart infarcts can cause pain through the arm, etc. It's normal, it sucks, but it happens.
The best thing right now is probably to continue physio, maybe try some unconventional medecine and let your neck rest for a bit. This is an injury that can take a while to heal.
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