Mine started with a burning pain between my right shoulder blade and
my spine. I get tingling on top of both shoulders,and
have quite a bit of upper neck pain
. I,too,wake very early with pain that feels like someone has attached vice-grips to my spine,between my shoulder blades,then squeezes. It usually radiates to my ribcage,sometimes to my chest. I take ambien regularly (small doses);and hydrocodone and ibuprofen for the ache.