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Sharp Upper Back Pain Between the Shoulder Blades: Causes and Treatments

What could be causing that sharp pain in the upper back between the shoulder blades?

What could be causing that sharp pain in the upper back between the shoulder blades?

Back Pain Between Shoulder Blades: Should I Worry?

The most common causes of upper back pain are muscle strain, injury, poor posture, and other lifestyle habits. Sometimes, however, upper back pain can result from underlying conditions that are more serious.

In this article, you will learn about a number of possible causes, symptoms, and treatments for this type of pain.

When to See a Doctor or Call 911

You should see a doctor if your back pain has lasted for longer than 2 weeks with home treatment.

See a doctor immediately if you're experiencing:

  • New loss of bladder or bowel control
  • New numbness in legs or numbness that's getting worse
  • New weakness in legs or weakness that's getting worse
  • New or increased back pain with fever
  • Painful urination, or other symptoms of a urinary tract infection
  • Pain that is getting worse or pain you can't manage at home

Call 911 immediately if:

  • Your back pain coincides with chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack like sweating; shortness of breath; nausea or vomiting; pain, pressure, or a strange feeling in your back, neck, jaw, upper belly, or one or both shoulders or arms; feeling dizzy or lightheaded; or a fast or uneven heartbeat.
  • You are experiencing signs of severe injury to the spine after a fall, such as being unable to move part of the body, severe back or neck pain, weakness or tingling in the arms, legs, chest, or belly.

Muscle strain, injury, or overuse is the most common cause of upper back pain.

Possible Causes

ConditionMore DetailsTreatment

Muscle Strain, Injury, or Overuse

This is the most common cause of pain between the shoulder blades

Cold and hot compresses, stretching, and back exercises, along with over-the-counter pain killers

Lifestyle Factors

Smoking, obesity, poor posture, and stress can all contribute to upper back pain

Changing habits

Osteoarthritis (Swollen Facet Joints)

A common cause of back pain

Weight management, physical activity, stretching, and medications (prescription or over-the-counter)

Herniated Disk

Though they occur most often in the lower back, herniated disks in the neck can cause pain between the shoulder blades

Most people can treat at home with exercises and over-the-counter pain medications. Medical help may be necessary in some cases.

Biliary Colic

This is a type of radiated pain — a gallstone blocks a bile duct and causes a sharp upper back or rib pain that is felt in the right shoulder.

See a medical doctor for treatment of gallstone and pain

Many separate muscles come together at the shoulder blades, making that area prone to strain or injury.

Many separate muscles come together at the shoulder blades, making that area prone to strain or injury.

Home Treatments for the Most Common Upper Back Injuries

Pain between the shoulder blades can be due to a number of possible issues. In most cases, muscular irritation is the culprit. Depending on the symptoms it could be a sign of something more serious, such as spinal issues. These cases, however, are very rare.

If you are experiencing sudden pain in your upper back between or under your shoulder blades, and you have not been in a sudden injury, you should take steps to relieve it at home.

HealthLine recommends applying cold compresses for 3 days, then alternating with hot and cold compresses and doing back stretches until the pain goes away. The pain can erupt suddenly, but healing might take a long time, up to one month even.

If your neck or back was injured by something like a car accident or sports injury, you should see a doctor immediately.

According to Everyday Health, some long-term lifestyle changes that could help your pain include:

  • Losing weight
  • Exercising and stretching—a strong and flexible back is less likely to get injured
  • Improving your posture
  • Purchasing more supportive shoes, choosing a better desk or chair, or getting a new, firmer mattress
  • Buying more supportive bras
  • Being careful of carrying too much weight in a shoulder bag
  • Quitting smoking

Remedies and Causes of Different Types of Pain

Initially, you need to make sure your back pain is not caused by simple conditions like muscle strains due to poor standing and sitting positions, faulty executions of physical activities, or excessive weight lifting.

Of course, other causes include aging and constricted ligaments. These issues can be alleviated by simple massages or a change of habits. If the pain persists, however, then it may be time to consider a more serious condition as the main problem.

Here's how to troubleshoot your pain and find out what the cause might be.

Is It a Brief, Mild Ache?

If so, this could indicate mere muscle strain, but it could also be either swollen facet joints or herniated discs. Experiencing this kind of soreness is a nuisance at best. Doing chores and completing office work should still be possible, but even the mildest pains could turn into more serious issues if proper actions aren’t taken. That’s why these steps are important to remember:

  • Rest for a while and see whether the pain subsides.
  • If the aching stops, consider these suggestions:
  • Do some stretches before engaging in any more physical activity. This may seem ridiculous to you, because the thought of moving your aching back will only cause more discomfort, thus preventing you from performing any tasks. Understand, however, that the spine along with the ligaments and muscles around it are designed to move. Keeping it idle will only prolong the back pain. You need to warm the body up before doing anything extensive, and slow and simple stretches will do the trick:
    • Back Flexion Exercise. With your back laying flat on a yoga mat or anything that will prevent you from touching the cold floor, slowly pull your knees to the chest, as you flex your head forward at the same time. There’s no need to force yourself into this balled-up position. Keeping a comfortable stretch is more important. Go back to your starting position in a slow release of the stretch.
    • Knee to Chest Stretch. Again, lie on the floor. Bend your knee while keeping the heels rooted. Hold the back of one knee with both hands, then slowly bring it toward the chest. As previously stated, it’s more important to keep the stretch comfortable. There’s no need to push yourself to complete the extent of the exercise.
    • Also see the back exercises from HealthLine, including the I-Pose, the W-Pose, and the Head Tilt.
  • Consider exercising, opting for routines that benefit the upper back. If lifting heavy objects is a regular part of your day, keeping a strong back is essential, and there’s no other way to build it but through regular exercise. Not only will this relieve pain between your shoulder blades, but it will also prevent it from coming back. There are several back-strengthening calisthenics, and these can be classified to the three major parts of the back; upper, mid, and lower back.
    • Upper Back Exercises: Push-ups and dips—These will benefit your arms more, but it will also indirectly strengthen your shoulders and the muscles between.
    • Mid-back Exercises: Pull-ups and chin-ups—These two especially build the lateral muscles.
    • Lower-back Exercises: Sit-ups, lying leg raises, pilates bridge, floor hyperextensions, and back hyperextensions.
  • Avoid additional strain by avoiding sudden movement.
  • Exert effort to correct common posture problems. There’s no other way to achieve this than by being mindful of your posture. If you don't know what correct posture is, put a book on your head and keep it from falling off when you stand and walk. A perfectly straight back and angled head will prevent it from sliding off. If it slides off, you need to keep working on your posture.
  • Make sure you are maintaining good posture throughout your day. If you work a desk job, get a chair that supports your spine and make sure you're not straining your neck to look at your computer.
  • Follow the above suggestions for two weeks to a month and observe if the pain between your shoulder blades subsides. If your problem is a simple muscle strain, your back's condition should greatly improve. Otherwise, keep observing your pain and ask yourself the following questions.

Would You Describe the Pain as Long and Moderate?

If so, this could indicate the presence of swollen facet joints (osteoarthritis) or herniated discs. In this case, medical attention might be necessary. Moderate pain that stays for half an hour (or more) sometimes means that the problem has worsened. If the pain gets worse, doctors may have to use certain imaging technologies (such as X-Ray for facet joints and MRI for herniated discs) to determine the extent of the damage.

Is It Intense and Accompanied by Numbness?

If the episodes of soreness are almost unbearable and there are instances in which certain parts of your body feel numb (or in some cases, tingling), then it’s definitely time to pay a visit to your physician. Together, such symptoms are considered a telltale sign of serious spinal disc dilemmas. If left unchecked, a severely herniated disc could even cause paralysis or permanent nerve damage.

Is It Accompanied by Nausea?

Periods of upper back pain between the shoulder blades that are accompanied by nausea are indicative of biliary colic. In fact, some medical experts suggest that it’s best to immediately call for an ambulance if this combination of symptoms manifests. Also, those who’ve been suffering from aches after they’ve eaten (another warning sign) should be especially wary of these simultaneous symptoms.

Preventive Measures

Soreness in the upper-back region shouldn't always be dismissed as a minor problem. In some instances, the aching sensation is a sign of spinal degradation. In others, it could indicate the emergence of something more dangerous.

If your back pain happens to be caused by simple muscle strains, this does not exempt you from the possibility of acquiring the more serious ones.

Do not wait for these issues to develop. Prevention remains better than cure, thus you need to establish habits that will save you from these pains.

Tip 1: Correct Diet

The food you eat has a lot to do with your overall health. But what’s important in the preventive stages is to moderate your food intake. You can still eat whatever food you like—nothing is prohibited—but avoid eating too much of one thing.

Tip 2: Regular Exercise

Exercise will not only develop back strength, it will also 1) reinforce the joints of your spine, keeping your intervertebral discs healthy, and 2) help your body utilize the fats and protein that comes along with the food you eat, which prevents the development of osteoarthritis.

About the Spine

There are three major parts that form the spine: the cervical spine or the neck, the thoracic spine which holds the middle-back portion of the body, and lastly, the lumbar spine which is located from the waist down.

Most of the upper body's mobility is focused on the cervical and lumbar spine—they can be moved from left to right and angled to the front and to the back. Motion in the thoracic spine, on the other hand, is limited. Because this part of the spine holds the most vital organs of the body, its main function is to shield and protect. Restricted mobility happens to be a great advantage because this prevents injury and degeneration.

Osteoarthritis (Swollen Facet Joints)

Swollen facet joints, or osteoarthritis, can produce aches in the upper back. Facet joints are the small stabilizing joints located between and behind adjacent vertebrae. The spine’s flexibility is provided by these joints: in other words, they’re necessary to carry out many kinds of movement, such as turns and bends. As with any other part of the body, facet joints aren’t invincible. If used too hard or too often, they end up damaged and swollen and of course, swelling leads to soreness.

Facet joints can get swollen if they can rub on each other because the padding between the vertebra has worn down. The gaps of the vertebra are occupied by cartilages, which is lubricated by synovial fluid to protect it from wear and tear.

Imagine a crunchy toast sandwich with a layer of really thick cheese in the middle. Think of the toasts as the vertebra, and the cheese as the intervertebral discs (made of the cartilage and synovial fluid). When the sandwich is pressed on one side, the cheese will prevent the toast from touching each other. The same happens when the spine angles and curves.

Due to a number of possible reasons like aging, injury, and too much pressure, the intervertebral discs lose their thickness and springiness, narrowing the gap between the vertebrae and facet joints. If you repeat the process of pressing the sandwich on one side, the toasts will touch and grind against each other. Imagine the corners of the crunchy slices as the spine's facet joints, and crumbs falling from an abrasion.

The pressure and scraping can cause pain. The same thing happens in other joints. In fact, this kind of condition is more common in the knees, since it's the most mobile part of the body, and one that carries the most weight.


As discussed above, the mildest joint troubles could be prevented from becoming worse through fairly simple techniques, such as maintaining proper posture and avoiding sudden movement. If more severe, the condition might require the aid of a physical therapist to help with strength and flexibility. Individuals suffering from more serious cases of facet joint concerns are given these options:

  • Undergo a procedure called "nerve blocking" so that the soreness would immediately subside. This would involve steroid injections to block the pain.
  • Proper exercise—This, of course, should be according to a physical therapist’s instructions. The results from this method will, however, take longer to surface. The pain between the shoulder blades will remain for a couple of weeks, but if the patient is mindful enough of his body, he will notice a slight decrease in aches after every session.
  • Warm or cold presses (heat wraps and cold pad applications, for example)–This can alleviate episodes of pain.
  • Alteration of daily activities—You need to reduce physically exhausting routines like long commutes, or increase times of rest breaks.
  • Take painkillers and muscle relaxants on a regular basis. While minor cases of the spinal problem can be effectively handled using over-the-counter medication, the condition’s more serious variants require powerful prescription drugs.
  • Natural remedies (though not extensively studied) may provide some relief. Acupuncture, massage, supplements, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation are all some methods that have worked for others.
Disc problems that may cause back pain.

Disc problems that may cause back pain.

Herniated Disc

A herniated disc is another problem that can prove to be extremely painful. Spinal discs are rubbery pads between the vertebrae in the spinal column that work like shock absorbers. In childhood, the discs are gel-filled, but they begin to solidify as we get older.

By middle age, the disks become as inflexible as hard rubber and are more prone to injury. With injury or stress, a disc's inner material may swell outward, pushing through the outer shell, pressing against surrounding nerves, and rendering that area more prone to injury.

Swollen joints and herniated disks cause pain. However, the pain caused by the latter tends to spread discomfort along the arms as well and may be accompanied by numbness.

Depending on where a herniated disc occurs along the spine, different symptoms and numbness will be felt.

Should the affected intervertebral disc be somewhere in the lumbar region (this is the most common), the nerves connecting the spine to the lower body will be pressed and pressured by the leaking or swelling. This, in turn, will cause the numbness, tingling, or pain in the legs.

On the other hand, should this condition happen along the cervical region, pain and numbness will crawl from the shoulders down to the arms. In the worst cases, the patient will show neurological symptoms.

When it comes to thoracic herniated discs, however, there will be upper back pain between the shoulder blades, which can radiate to the upper chest and belly. Luckily, this herniation is rare because of the thoracic spine's restricted mobility.

The last and worst is the herniation towards the spinal cord. When this vital part of the spine is pressed, it causes myelopathy or spinal dysfunction. Should this form of herniation be at its worst, the patient's entire lower body will not function entirely. Milder effects include loss of balance, weakness in the lower extremities, and loss of bladder control.


Treatments for this medical issue are similar to the ones developed for arthritis. Doing spine-enhancing exercises and being mindful of the body’s position is more than enough to solve the concerns faced by people with minor disk hernias. Sometimes, anti-inflammatory injections and pain medications are added to the mix. Surgery is only reserved for very severe cases. After all, it’s the solution that comes with the most risks.

Know, however, that a single combination of conservative treatments does not work for all. Patients will have to undergo a process of trial and error to know what will be effective for their condition. For instance, physical therapy may not work as well as pain relief for some.

Should the person undergo surgery, the process will not exempt him from undergoing physical therapy and learning proper lifting techniques and such. This is a part of recovery that will help prevent the development of another herniated disc.

Pain Caused by Bile Problems

The human body moves in mysterious ways, especially to non-experts. Since you're experiencing pain in your back, it's only logical to assume the problem is within the area. There are instances, however, when the issue is rooted deeper within the body.

Biliary colic is another medical issue that might cause back pain and shouldn't be taken lightly. This is a type of pain that occurs when a gallstone blocks a bile duct and causes a sharp upper back or rib pain that may radiate to the right shoulder. It may manifest after ingesting a fatty meal in an episode of sharp, intense soreness that starts near the abdomen and branches out to the upper-back region and may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

Bile is made in the liver and then stored in the gallbladder. Its primary purpose is to digest and break down fats entering the body. Therefore, when food enters the body, bile will automatically travel from the gallbladder via the cystic duct to the small intestine to continue the food's digestion.

This simple process can be interrupted by gallstones. These small but highly irritating nuisances block the cystic duct, making it difficult, if not impossible, for the bile to pass through. The body will respond to this problem by continuously contracting the muscle cells of the duct to remove the gallstone. This vigorous contraction can cause pain — usually in the upper right part of the abdomen, though it can also radiate to the right shoulder. Other conditions may also cause biliary colic, such as tumors and strictures along the bile duct.


One-third to one-half of all people who have a gallstone episode never have it come back again, so your doctor might recommend a wait-and-see option.

People who end up needing treatment have some options—you should consult your doctor to see what they may be. There are some non-surgical ways to attempt to remove gallstones, though surgery may end up being necessary.

You might be asked to take NSAIDs, antibiotics, spasm fighters, and anti-nausea pills. Aside from that, you may also be told to pick among the many ways of cleansing the gallbladder and the bile duct. Well, only one of those methods isn’t surgical in nature—oral dissolution therapy (unlike surgery-type solutions, it doesn’t work fast).

If a health professional confirms that gallstones are the cause of your biliary colic, then you might be able to opt for natural remedies to alleviate the pain and dissolve the stones altogether. Like with oral dissolution therapy, however, it won’t work as fast, and this means, the sharp upper back pain between shoulder blades will stay for a while. Though not well-studied, these remedies involve the ingestion or herbs such as ginger, cascara sagrada, and homeopathic Chelidonium. Before proceeding with these treatments, however, you should still consult with a professional.

Furthermore, there is no better pain relief and prevention than avoiding fatty meals. As explained earlier, bile is essential in digesting fats. If no fat is entering the body, then there wouldn’t be a need for the liquid to pass through the bile duct, thus saving you from the pain that comes with biliary colic.

If You Still Have Concerns, Consult Your Physician

This sums up everything you need to know about upper back pain between the shoulder blades. Proper evaluation is necessary to determine the appropriate treatment. What’s important to remember is that when it comes to back pain, it is essential to take it seriously. It might be a sign of something that could potentially cause irreversible damage to the body.

Before making assumptions, it is best to seek the opinion of a medical professional. Proper diagnosis is the first step toward recovery.


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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


Kelly Gauthier on April 22, 2019:

About 6 years ago my wife and I replaced our mattress. With the new mattress, I woke up with a sharp pain in my upper back. My immediate reaction was that the mattress was wrong for me. I replaced the mattress and now 4 years later I am on mattress #17. This includes latex, Beauty Rest Black, Tempurpedic, Sleep Number, Sterns and Foster, and Purple. About 10 pillows as well. It was not the mattress.

The problem was clearly getting worse. While sleeping I woke up after about 5.5 hours with back pain. The sleeping position makes a difference however it simply comes on about 2 hours sooner if I sleep on my side vs sleeping on my back. The pain gradually went away as the day went on.

My quality of sleep was getting very poor and it was affecting me very adversely in almost every aspect of my life.

I saw two different neuro surgeons. I had an MRI done on my neck (There was also pain in my neck) however the insurance company (Cigna) initially denied the authorization for an MRI on my upper back. The MRI on my neck found two herniated disks. This pain went mostly away when I went to a different mattress. Later Cigna authorized the MRI on my upper back. The findings were negative. I could live with the neck pain which has almost always been present. The back pain was becoming unbearable. One of the surgeons stated to me that there was nothing wrong with my back and even if there was that nothing could be done about it. He also told me it was posture and that I needed to get comfortable when I slept. That wasn’t helpful at all. I was very confident that there was something wrong with my back. I received very little help from medical professionals and I knew that if there was help to be had I would have to find it myself. The doctors simply couldn’t unlock the cause.

Internet searches found several forums with people complaining about the same condition. Not one single explanation as to the cause. Over about 5 to 6 years I picked up clues. Now just because I figured out this condition in my back does not mean that the same thing is causing your pain. I AM NOT A DOCTOR.

What is the trigger? In me it is the twist of the spine and not the alignment. Let me explain as best as I can without being a medical professional. If I’m lying on my right side, in a perfect world my face, shoulders, and hips would be pointed at approximately 9 o’clock. But in this imperfect world we live in they are not. On a soft mattress my hips roll back to perhaps around 10 – 11 o’clock and my shoulders roll forward to approximately 7 – 8 o’clock. My back is twisted. That is the source of the cramp. My wife could clearly see the twist once I realized what to tell her to look for.

Once I realized it was a twist of my back and not the alignment, I was sleeping well in about 2 days. I realized what I needed to feel for when trying out a mattress. I needed to feel my hips roll forward and my shoulders roll back. This happens on a very narrow band of mattresses. The first of which I will mention is the Posturepedic series. They have a hard spot in the middle that holds your hips up. This causes my hips to roll forward. The next is really not a mattress but a type of mattress. The continuous coil seems to provide the support necessary for my hips to roll forward. I am pain free on a $400 firm mattress from Sam’s Club with a very soft mattress pad on it. The third is the Firm Purple mattress.

The only medical professional that helped me was an Airrosti Physical Therapy Provider. To my knowledge he is the only person to ever successfully treat this condition. He was instrumental in helping me to realize the cause of my back pain. He is essentially prohibited to discuss specifically what he did to loosen up my back. If you type Airrosti Physical Therapy into a search engine you will find providers.

I am very sorry you are going through this. The likelihood that a mattress salesman is going to be able to help you with this is pretty slim. I hope in the future they become educated on this matter and learn to help people with this problem because at its peak I was literally dropping things as my right arm went numb. I was virtually asleep all day. For now, I am way better and I know how to buy a mattress.

Kayal on December 12, 2018:

Very Useful info...Thanks for posting

Gerald muriithi on May 22, 2018:

Am having pain in thoracic which radiate to the right shoulder ,Now is two month doing physio therapy but no change, what could bê the problem

zookie on February 13, 2018:

i have been experining some pain in my upper middle back between the shoulder its always their when i turn more so to the right side which can move down in the ribs and its hard to breath and move or just walk i also or having pain in my right tigh my doctor keep saying its spams but i don't believe her can someone help me or point me in the right directions for help i drive long hrs for a living in a large vehicle

Roopa on June 14, 2017:

I having tickling in my left arm since 15 day and know it's starts in right arm and both legs also.what is the reason please tell me.....

Deandra Storie on December 22, 2016:

I've been experiencing pain between my shoulder blades, accompanied by a sharp pain when I try to eat/drink things, the pain tends to happen in the same area every time, right near my shoulder area. I'm not sure if I should be worried or not, this has been going on for about three days now.

Bo on October 29, 2016:

a LOT of computer desk time gets my vote for most suspicious candidate that creates - at times - pains SO great between shoulder blades, it feels almost like slipped disks, heart palpitations, muscle pains when in motion ... while around house/office BUT disappears once golfing at range or course.

Ironic it seems golf walk/carry 35# over 65yo doesn't combine well with computer sitting work, especially noted directly after golf. Odd to mention that a slower swing, shorter clubs (that fit better) no longer attacks my lower back L3 (& upper rhomboids to a lesser degree) which took me down for weeks 11 years ago. Instead I get this lower rhomboid but more specifically spinal pains between blades, as if ribs/connections are inflamed.

Once "inflamed", other chores love to "pile on" to make it worse or at least prevent healing/resting, e.g. lawn hedging, mowing, other

Home remedy: Ben-gay Ultra Strength, et al. also store brands like H-E-B

Pro remedy: chiropractor preceded by masseuse focused on that area (no tensors really work there)

Deepal on October 20, 2016:

Please suggest me the proper medicine for rib pain..

Eileen from Western Cape , South Africa on May 31, 2016:

All the insightful information is very useful for pain between shoulders and will certainly look at these .

Lori on February 24, 2016:

I have debilitating pain between my shoulder blades, right side.

Jim on October 29, 2015:

Very useful information. Well done.

Kelsey Elise Farrell from Orange County, CA on May 06, 2015:

Great information. I've had upper back pain between my shoulder blades for as long as I can remember. When I started working from home it became worse because of the angle I'm at on the computer (without a desk or proper chair I'm forced to type on my laptop wherever I can). Unfortunately, I don't see this pain going anyway any time soon since I live in an apartment and have no room for a desk. Great hub though--with helpful information!

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on January 27, 2015:

Great information. I've been experiencing low back pain for two years, since my Scoliosis rod had wear and tear at the bottom, and had caused a flare up last year. I had Scoliosis for 26 years thereabouts.

Marisa K. Rouse from North Carolina on January 16, 2015:

Had to read this. I've been having this as well. I've noticed stretches help. I figured between being top heavy and back problems from a car accident that this would interest me. Thanks!

Amazaving on January 16, 2015:

I find good exercise helps a lot. It's spending hour after hour at a computer terminal that does for me. Thanks for the post, healthbooklet.

sunnykmr123 on October 02, 2014:

I am doing sitting job. So that I have to sit in office around 8 hour in single day. And I feel back pain sometimes, Is this because of sitting continues 8 hours?

Tammy on September 21, 2014:

I have a very strange issue with shoulder area pain. I'm from Illinois but moved to Florida for a year. Upon my arrival back to Illinois the first time the time changed on March 20th, 2009 I get a debilitating pain in my shoulder blade area. I can not get any relief from this!! It lasts 6-12 weeks. And ruins my life. It onsets very year since 2009. But after the 6-12 weeks it goes away & I'm perfectly fine. I've used chiropractic care & medical care. No one can give me an answer!!! I've had nerve study , xrays , narcotics ( they don't even touch it). The only thing is this year I flew to Florida a month after onset & pain was completely gone after I got off plane. Came back when I returned. And then I fly to Georgia in June. Left in pain landed and got off plane. Pain free. And it didn't return when I got home. What's going on here????? Anyone?

Lee Hansen from Vermont on September 03, 2014:

I've experienced biliary colic and it is horribly painful if you have a gallbladder full of stones and a blocked bile duct. This past winter I injured the connective tissue between my trapezius and spine; it took 6 months of therapy, rest and painkillers but it's finally feeling normal again. Good information here - and well presented.

StephanieP from Los Angeles, California on August 01, 2014:

Very useful information regarding back pain. I went thru a period of intense pain and I am glad I have that behind me now. It's important to note the different levels of pain and what can be done. Thank you gain for the article.

Sree Lakshmi (author) on July 28, 2014:

@msdielise : my father use to follow that technique ...... :)

msdielise on July 28, 2014:

Me too, I sometimes feel back pain. I make my son sit on my back to relieve it. lol.

Sree Lakshmi (author) on July 25, 2014:

Hi A k Jenkins,

Not sure about that....But added Accupressure ebay listing details in article which has delivery option to New Zealand :)

Hope it helps... :)

A k Jenkins on July 25, 2014:

I just tried to place an order for this Accupressure mat and pillow set, I stay in New Zealand, once I had filled out all my details a note come up saying that, I am unable to deliver to my address!!!

Can you please explain to me 'why not' for I am more than happy to pay nd most importantly I am in so much pain I would really like to try this