Chronic upper back pain!

Chronic upper back pain!

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Since: Jul 13

Baraboo, WI

#1 Jul 15, 2013
Started over a year ago, and at first I just thought my back was hurting because I was working more hours and that it would go away with time but it did the opposite. I went to the doctor and he said it was muscle spasms so he sent me to physical therapy. I did pt for three months and my back didn't improve it only got irritated more. The therapist said there was nothing more he could do so he sent me back to doctor with a letter saiding that my pain was too usual for someone my age. The doctor did an X-ray and MRI both of which came back normal. He then told me to go to a different pt and if that didn't work he was going to put me on medicine for the rest of mg life because "sometimes people just have chronic pain the rest of their lives" After only two weeks at the new physical therapist they said there was an underlying reason and there was probably nothing they could do for me. Then I went to a homeopathy practice were I did emotional stress therapy and acupuncture and that made me feel better but not my back.

The pain is in my mid-upper back area directly behind the ribs about. Its dull and stiff when I get up in the morning depending on what I did the day before. As the day progresses it gets worse and worse. It starts burning and hurting so bad I can't breathe, I don't feel like eating, and even a couple of times it has hurt do bad I haven't gone to school or I have even thrown up from the pain. It hurts to do anything: walking, standing, sitting, taking a shower, lifting my arms, holding anything. By 8 pm every night all I want to do is lay in bed. When I do go to lay down at firsts it hurts so bad and then it dissipates to its normal burning sensation. I'm 19 I shouldn't be having this much pain.

Recently I went to a different doctor whom told me that he was going to test me for arthritis and nerve damage. He did a blood test which told me I'm healthy and there's nothing visibly wrong from what my blood is saying. This doctor put me on 5mg of flexiril three times a day. This lowered my pain but didn't rid of it. He then put me on meloxicam twice a day as an addition to the flexiril hoping after two weeks I could come off of the medication and be pain free.

This combination of medicines did not work so the current doctor I was seeing put me on cymbalta to help relieve the pain until I was able to make it in to see a pain doctor that would be able to help. The cymbalta seemed to work until I did any activity outside my normal routine. And by normal routine I mean getting up, going to my boyfriends house, and doing nothing.

When I went to the pain clinic where they were quick to tell me that I had a rip in my thoracic disk. She prescribed an oral steroid that I swear made my pain worse. When I brought this to my doctors attention she said she highly doubts it. She then suggested a thoracic epideral steroid injection. This also did not give me any relief. I am so frustrated and need a fresh brain to pick!

Downpatrick, UK

#2 Jul 17, 2013
If the med is not working too well are you able to move about ok? Of so some light exercise may help though it may not feel like it does.
Ensure you keep your spine straight at all times and maybe get a further professional opinion as they can vary greatly. One specialist may notice something others don't.
I found some useful tips over at for relief though of course everyone's issues are different.

Atlanta, GA

#3 Jul 25, 2013
Tonyamca07 it seems like a lot of guessing games from the doctors. You may want to look into an holistic doctor they focuses on WELLNESS and working with your body’s own healing mechanism. I found a good natural product that my mother uses for severe knee pain and arthritis use code 5626
Tom Stubbs

Farmington, UT

#4 Jan 15, 2015
My mom has upper back pain. We are trying to decide if it's from all of her hip surgeries or if there is another big problem. The doctors are working really hard, but so far no one really knows what's causing the back pain.

Since: Jan 15

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#5 Feb 22, 2015
Have you consulted to other doctors? It is better to go to experts, the one with several years of experience. You might need other medication for your pain. Simple exercise will do as well and try to do things that you enjoy everyday.

Since: Feb 15


#6 Feb 25, 2015
May be you should try acupuncture. You need to choose an experienced acupuncturist to get the right kind of treatment for your chronic pain. This could surely give your some relief from the worsening pain. Acupuncture treatment is an age old method to treat any kind of disease or injury and now this treatment is sure to gain popularity without any side-effects.

Since: Mar 15

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#8 Mar 26, 2015
May be you should consider visiting a back pain specialist. I would suggest you to visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. The doctors there specialize in treating various back pain conditions.

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