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Old 01-22-07, 06:56 PM
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Acute back pain

Hey all,

I have been riding to work for the past few months. The ride is only about 1/4 of a mile, down the street. However, I have been getting back pain. Specifically, an ache just to the left of my right shoulder blade. I have been hitting it with a heat pad and ibuprofen, but it is persisting. I assume that because I ride such a short distance this wouldn't be a bike issue.
Is there a certain adjustment that can affect your upper back? I was assuming I might need to bring my handlebars up a little. Perhaps, I am bending to low.
Does anyone have an advice about this? Had the same problem? Knows of an archived post?

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hmm, the only back-related strain I've ever felt when cycling is in the lower back on the right from when I've been hunched over for a long time. I suspect that i feel it on the right cus I'm not sat straight too.

Is the bike the right size for you? Could you be over reaching? Maybe you're too tense?? In any case, raising the bars will certainly make it a more comfortable position, and since you dont' have to go far, i dont' think aerodynamics would matter very much?
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Hate to be scary but how is your heart? Do you get any other cardio workouts where heart rate may go up? Does your heart rate go up? My heart attack and angina syptoms were back pain right between my shoulder blades.
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I had massive right shoulder/arm pain two weeks ago. Went to the doctor and prescribed mass quantities of Ibuprofen. Today, I went to the chiropractor for some preventative stretching routine. His opinion was that I have some neck degeneration and/or rotator cuff due to aging. So I was shown some stretches and strentgh training for that area. Also a special walk, which I don't quite have down yet and will attend a walking class till I get the strut. I'm 45, so if your about that age perhaps it's a similar thing.
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Well, I am 23 with no heart issues. My fiance realized that, when I ride I take my single strap messenger bag with me every time. I wear it over my right shoulder. I have been using it for years, but maybe it has just been bugging me now.
Also, I have wondered if my bike has me reaching too far. I may try riding a Raleigh I just picked up and see if that changes things.
Thanks for the suggestions. Anymore are welcome.

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Old 01-23-07, 08:52 AM
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I have the exact same problem in the same area of my back--just left of my right shoulder blade, but for me the pain feels like something is out of place. After a few months of shoulder pain (Im 46 and the pain just started about 6 mos ago) the only help was repositioning myself taking a more upright position. Lots of stretching and a higher, closer stem helped alot.
I still feel that something is out of alignment--I take lots of naproxin and have my spine aligned once a week. If I dont do anything my shoulder goes numb when I ride and when I stop riding it starts to hurt something fierce. The Docs cant find the exact problem and suggest it may be a pinched nerve in my neck. I was also told to stop riding---fat chance of that happening. So I ride on and do the stretch/crack thing.
I know this may not help---but there are people that have the same problem as you out there.
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Originally Posted by bhare
Well, I am 23 with no heart issues. My fiance realized that, when I ride I take my single strap messenger bag with me every time. I wear it over my right shoulder. I have been using it for years, but maybe it has just been bugging me now.
Also, I have wondered if my bike has me reaching too far. I may try riding a Raleigh I just picked up and see if that changes things.
Thanks for the suggestions. Anymore are welcome.

-brian
Adjust the messenger bag. The strap is pushing on your rhomboid and making it spasm.
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I have struggled with both upper and lower back pain since my 20's. Seems vibration played a role.

For some reason I don't get it much now, at least not from cycling.

See the doc. Then get a second opinion. Don't try to diagnose yourself.
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Gin and tonic with lime, 2 aspirin. Failing that, if you're getting sore after 1/4 mile, you should seriously look at your position on the bike, or at least try riding without the mess bag.
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There's nothing cute about back pain.
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Originally Posted by LittleBigMan
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See the doc. Then get a second opinion. Don't try to diagnose yourself.
I agree, but I'd also add, don't take the diagnosis of any semi-anonymous person on the internet.

It could be serious, it could be nothing, but it's been going on for awhile. That's what doctors are for.
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Originally Posted by pinkrobe
Gin and tonic with lime, 2 aspirin. Failing that, if you're getting sore after 1/4 mile, you should seriously look at your position on the bike, or at least try riding without the mess bag.
+1 on the gin 'n tonic

Also, an excellent point about the messenger bag. Switching to a backpack or lashing it to the rack (if you have one) might help. Could be something else too, posture, seating or what-not. Worth getting it checked out by a doctor.
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Also, an excellent point about the messenger bag. Switching to a backpack or lashing it to the rack (if you have one) might help. Could be something else too, posture, seating or what-not. Worth getting it checked out by a doctor.
I also agree that the messenger bag can't be helping. Look at getting a rack and panniers. That may be a little costly, but less costly than messing up your back.

When I had a back injury, it was frightening on how it limited me. You don't realize how much of your movement depends on your back until it hurts like ****.

So it seems like the consensus is: 1) see a doctor (I hope it turns out to be a wasted trip); and 2) drop the messenger bag.
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