No insurance, no Medicaid, no job- don't know where to turn...
I've been suffering with upper back pain every day since December of '09. I remember waking up one morning with pain in the upper right side of my back. The night before I had done a lot of shoveling, but I don't recall hurting myself. I had never had any upper back pain before this day, but it has been with me ever since. Along with pain I have tingling, sharp pains, feeling like something is crawling on my skin, and sometimes numbness. Every day after I get up on my feet my back cramps up to the point where I can hardly stand. It has gotten to the point that I have a hard time doing very small things like the dishes and folding clothes because my muscles spasm and it hurts to stand in one spot for too long. In fact, if I keep moving I feel much better than if I'm standing or sitting still.
I've been to the doctor and was given some anti inflammitory drugs and some pain meds but nothing helped. A few months later I went to the ER because I was desperate and felt like my doctor wasn't helping me. My ER visit resulted in my recieving a steroid shot, but that provided me with no relief whatsoever.
I don't know where to turn now. I have no insurance, I was denied Medicaid, and I lost my job because I called in so much I was fired. Since my back pain started my life has fallen apart and I've become depressed and even suicidal. Sometimes I sleep for 16 or more hours at a time and don't eat all day. I've lost over 50 pounds since this started. All I want it to find out what is causing this pain and try to treat it. I need a plan. Right now I have nothing. I've read books on stretching exercises and I don't get any relif from those either. The on thing that does provide me with relief is massage, but the muscles spasm up after just a few mintues. I have no money to see anyone and I don't know where to turn. I've tried all kinds of pain meds and nothing has made a difference. I've pretty much lost everything and am about to end up living in a spare room at my mothers house.