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What is your age?
Do you have any known health problems?
What makes the pain worse? To twist the back ...does that hurt?
Are you short of breath ? Rapid heart beat ??
Have you had any neck or back problems?
Do you have any pain with taking a deep breath ??
Let me know what details you can and I will get back with you...
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Anthony Bray MD
Ok well the aspect that it sounds that your wife pinpoints the pain and send to help with back massage sounds that it probably musculoskeletal in nature ...
You may benefit from an anti-inflammatory such as ALEVE 2 tablets twice a day with food ..
Perhaps a topical application such as Aspercream or Salonpas ..
Applying cold pack to alternate with heating pad may distract the pain...
Your work would seem to fit with muscular or soft tissue injury ..
I hope that this is helpful for you
Let me know if you have further questions or discussion
I will be happy to get back with you
No it is not normal to have shortness of breath with it...
Shortness of breath raises added
possible concerns such as a blood clot to the lungs or pleuritis or pneumonia ...
So if short of breath and it has been getting worse I think it best that you be checked at the ER
They can check you further such as chest xray / spine xray / blood test (D-dimer to check for abnormal clotting )
If short of breath I think it more important to bite the bullet and get more thoroughly checked today!!
That aspect sounds more of a nerve impingment of the ulnar nerve distribution ...
It sounds more of an injury ..this could be muscular injury such as the rhomboids which are attached to the shoulder blades ..
I would keep trying the anti-inflammatory and perhaps topical to see if that helps ...
Try to get to your doctor for exam early this week ...
The exam would help to better establish your cause and if you should need any tests ..
Let me know if you have further questions
Ok that sounds like a rasonablr plan...an exam of you and pinpointing the pain and triggers will be helpful to you getting this more specifically diagnosed --
Feel better soon!