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Chronic Mid-Back Pain for about 12yrs now,,

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Chronic Pain
Let begin telling you about myself then my problem.
I'm 29 yrs old and have been going to a chiropractor weekly since 1997. I played football for 5yrs, I got jumped by a gang in broad daylight at the mall in 1997 and that is why I started going to a chiro Dr. I was kicked many times in the mid-spine, as well as cracked ribs, broken nose and cracked cheekbone.
I then got rear ended in 1999. I was in a 1967 Chevelle and it had bench seats. The back of the seat comes up to about mid-back. The person that hit me was estimated at 45-50mph. It through me in the back seat and pushed their motor to their knees.
I have had many back, hip and leg pains since then. The chiropractor has helped me so much, but I still have mid-back pain and it has been labeled a Chronic condition.
I only started taking pain medications about 2yrs ago. I have a large box full of meds that don't work, the pain meds really do help me throgh the day. I don't like muscle relaxers and they don't work and make me fell sluggish. The family doctor I've been seeing told me to go to a pain specialist. I did so about three months ago. The first visit he was super nice and understanding. The second visit he was acting like I didn't have a problem and I was lying to get pain meds.
This is my problem, I will have severe pain for days and go a few days with light/little pain,, then have pain for days again. It has been like this for years. I only have leg pain every 4-5 months or so.
You have to make an appointment a month ahead of time, So the two times I went to the pain Dr I had no pain that day. I'm not going to tell him I have pain when I don't. I told him I don't have pain today and he looks at me and says,, "Why are you here". I got an MRI yesterday and I'm curious to know what it shows.
Does an MRI show everything?
I do alot activities at home and work. I work in a transformer plant and mechanic on the side.
My back pain get worst as the day goes on. Sometimes from the time I get out of bed. It will start tingling/numbness, then feel tight like I have a ball in my back. It feels like an ice pick in there time to time during the day. It will make my low back start hurting after a few hours. It hurts to breath in deep.
I can lay on something during my break and ease the pain. When I get up to go back, the pain come back. Laying down makes it worst sometimes too. It has just started hurting just know writing this post.
What is the deal? Will the MRI show my problem? I hope so, I will be embarrassed if it doesn't.

Thanks for the great site friends, Joey


  • I believe the MRI should show the dr's where the problem is.
  • I believe the MRI should show the dr's where the problem is.
  • Thanks, when it is the worst. It hurts to put my arms out in front of me and also to turn my head to the far left or right.
    I guess what I mean is, does an MRI show muscles/tendons. Sometimes I feel like it's more muscle than nerve/disk. How could a muscle hurt for so long and not heal?
    I had a MRI done in 2001, it was a long time ago, but I don't remember there being any major problem. I know the chiro Dr moved my mid back 3-4mm. I don't know the exact ones. I believe T3-5.

    Thanks for the help,,
  • Is a surface EMG what I need? I guess I will slow down and wait for the MRI results. Thanks,, Great site.
  • Hiya >:D< Welcome to spine health >:D< I hope you find the site full of information that can help you :? , also there are many members here that are in the same situation as yourself :S , so we are understanding and compassionate to the pain that you feel >:D< I would like to say if you are not satisfied with your doctor, always get a second opinion :/ Dont be frightened to ask the doctor questions :/ , its your body and your back, and you dont get pain for no reason /:) An MRI will certainly show the problem, an MRI shows soft tissue that an x-ray can not show. I hope this helps you :) Keep me posted! >:D<

    Angie :H
  • I have had a ct scans,MRIs and myelogram and there
    never found a direct cause. But EMG's show nerve
    damage some where. If not for this I would have
    been written off as crazy. Went to doctor who works
    in sacroiliac joint dysfunction he was a God sent.
    I hope this helps you to keep searching.
  • show pressure on the spinal nerves that might be causing the muscle pain. i get pain in a lot of my muscles and it does feel muscular but it is really caused by pressure on the nerves that control those muscles. the mri will help the dr diagnose where any pressure exists.
    from your description it sounds like maybe pressure in neck or upper thoracic.....
    good luck....
  • Thanks Guys! I got the results in. I sent them to my Chiro doctor and will see him today. I'm anctious/nervous to know. I'm a nervous person to begin with. :)
  • Have you seen a neurologist, neurosurgeon or orthopedic specialist about your pain? I recommend an opinion from one of those types of specialists. Many times I have not heard good experiences with a chiropractor. Also, did they do a MRI of your cervical spine as well as thoracic? That accident you had sounds like it may have affected both areas.

    Keep us posted and best wishes to you,

  • Got the results today. I was going to skip out of work and go to my Chiro Dr, but I need the money and I had my wife call.
    He said I had 3-4 Bulging Disc. I ask her "you mean T4 bulging" She said no. He named off four different T's somethings. I was like you didn't write it down,,,, she was to busy rearranging the kitchen :). Is it even possible to have 3 to 4 bulging?
    She said there were many things he was concerned with. I don't know the level of the bulging,, I don't feel that bad off,, tho I am used to the mild pain. Sometime even my ribs hurt a little.
    So I will have a complete report tomorrow. I got to work tomorrow also,, 2pm-10pm :(. I'm on three shifts swing shift.
    Thanks everyone,,
  • Bulging disk between T6-T7,T7-T8 and T9-T10. He said everything else look good. What can I do for this? T
    I know I'm not as bad as many,, by far, But I do have severe pain from time to time.
  • what kind of dr did you see and what did he say. did he give you a treatment plan?

  • The pain dr is the one that sent me to the mri. I haven't heard from him yet. I will probably be another three weeks before I see him.
    I sent the report to my chiro dr so he could look at it and put it in my files. He said we will do more therapy, tens unit and vibration on the mid back. I don't know what the pain specialist will say.
    What would you recommend?
  • there are spinal surgeons who specialize on the thoracic spine. i would talk with your drs and ask around for the name of a good thoracic spinal surgeon. he can give you an opinion that will give you an idea as to how severe your condition is. he may just tell you that conservative measures are all you need. but at least the opinion is coming from an expert.
    hopefully physical therapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, injections, or even acupuncture will allow you to be in less pain.
    you can continue to see your pm dr. also continue with the chiropractic where that has been helpful to you. strengthening your core muscles with physical therapy will take pressure off of the discs.
    that accident years ago has come back to haunt you...but it doesnt sound like you have any permanent damage. keeping in shape and monitoring your condition through a pm dr and spinal surgeon will keep you on track.
    but be careful about lifting and using proper posture.
    keep us posted and study this web site as there are many articles to read that will help you deal with your back condition...
    take care trout....pete
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