I'm having the same problem. The pain is in my upper back and radiates around the front almost like a band that is tightening and sometimes it catches and the pain takes my breath away. Like you, I consider myself healthy and at agae 64 I'm very active. I started taking yoga classes and do a lot of stretching and that helps for a while then the band of pain comes back. I've only taken aspirin and use a heating pad at night and some hot and icy cream, but again, it is only a temporary fix. I'm now looking on the internet to see if I can find any answers...good luck with your research.
i have a band of pain Have your cervical (neck)spine xray
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You could be me, talking. I too have been struggling with these same symptoms. I have been 'diagnosed' with Fibromyalgia, but have gotten very little help from my doctor, and live in an area that has few resources. I DO have some arthritis in my neck, but the doctor doesn't seem to think they're related. I don't like taking pain meds either, but because I just don't have the energy right now, or time (or money) to try all of the alternative therapies (massage, acupuncture, physical therapy), I am taking gabapentin, and a muscle relaxant & adivan at night so I can sleep. A heating pad helps for awhile. The gabapentin (900 mg/day) doesn't seem to be helping. I am 64, female, and until 5 years ago, rarely felt pain at all, and had lots of energy. It IS very frustrating, and I wish you luck. You have my sympathies.
I have Constrictive pain around my chest also, armpit level. it burns and feels very uncomfortable. This all started after having chemo and radiation after a mastectomy. But the pain and band is all around my chest, like I am caught in cement or the feeling that my armpits are swollen. It's just awful and it's getting worse. I take tramadol for pain and Lorazapam. It relieves it a bit but helping less and less as this band is getting worse. I don't know if this is ALS or what. It's definitely neurological. I had mris of my brain and spine. No evidence of ms. I had a PETSCAN, nothing . I am at the end of my rope with this. Almost feel like I am the only one with this. In despair about what to do.
Same issue. Band like uncomfortable pain around bra area. Taking bra off doesn't help but bra aggravates the issue. CT scan shows a pericardial cyst but cardio thoracic surgeon doesn't feel they are related. Every day life is becoming miserable....HELP!