PsychedelicSunSet wrote:Recently I've been having very bad back pain while meditating. I sit in Burmese position and meditate for thirty minutes every day. The pain is predominantly around my right shoulder blade. I sit on a zafu and zubaton. I've tried meeting it with metta and just continuing to focus on the breath. Sometimes this works sometimes it doesn't. I've also tried making it the object of my meditation, but attention seems to make the pain stronger. Today I had to cut my meditation short it was so bad. I have scoliosis, and my back has always bothered me but it's always been my lower back. I'm worried I may be doing damage, but I'm hoping its something that just needs to be overcome. Does anyone have any recommendations, or experience with similar pain?
Since you mention you have scoliosis - I recommend that you visit your doctor and discuss the issue with him or her.
Perhaps myotherapy is in order - or perhaps change your posture, or use a chair.
All the best,
i agree with Ben about getting checked by a doctor but i would add a couple more comments
You spend a lot of time studying - have your posture analysed when you are studying - especial when you are writing as opposed to using a computer. (The Uni MAY have some one who is trained in this area). You may find that you are twisting setting up tension in the shoulder. While you are engaged in some kind of movement the problems may not be so evident but when you are still in meditation it may allow the tension to set in. Tension causes pain, and pain in its turn causes pain - so on and so forth.
Pain is not necessarily caused at the point of sensation - pain is often referred to other location. For example people will complain of tingling in some of their fingers. In the context of muscular skeletal problem this could well indicate a problem in the second or third vertebrae (relying on memories from about 25 years ago). This is part of the reason why you should see a doctor.
Armed with all of the information from the sources indicated then i would go and see a physiotherapist - who will be less likely to recommend surgery which should always be the last resort. i would guess that you undertake limited physical exercise due to your know condition - a good physio maybe able to suggest ways in which you can build your muscles without pulling your spine further out of alignment. One of the things that may be suggested is that you improve your core strength/abs as they are the major support for you spine. In trying to do that you should seek advise as to what are the most appropriate exercises - static exercise such as "planks" may be more appropriate than "curls and crunches". Do NOT talk to a sports trainer - see a physio.
I am NOT giving you expert advise - just had some of the same problems when i was at Uni. I have not had any more back pain for 20 years, lol