Hello! My name is Staci. In 1999 I had a car accident that broke my back (L1/L5) and fractured my T11 and T12. I had to have a fusion and have titanium rods and screws. My scar runs from my lower back all the way up to the bottom of my shoulder blades. I didn't have any problems healing, but a few years later I started to have pain on my right side that was localized in between my spine and my shoulder blade. I went for my last check up(2001) and told them about this. They said it was my rod rubbing a muscle and that the pain would eventually go away. This pain has always been there, but did dull a bit. Around November 2008 it started getting intense at times and now also hurts from that point to about 5inches below. I would massage it or put pressure on it that would help relieve it temporarily and sometimes pop it? Weird... I'm wondering if the rod has become misplaced or if I am having trouble with something else, but not sure what it could be. Also, I am now having horrible neck pain on my left side. Could that be effects from my accident as well? It is constantly stiff. Wondering if I should see a chiropractor first then see a orthopedic dr. if the chiropractor can not do anything for me? My upper back constantly feels like it needs to be popped. I would go to the dr. now but we have lost our insurance due to a lay off in July of last year. I am getting so upset about this because I am constantly in pain and wonder. Any advice would be great! thank you!