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please help. Thoracic back pain

HarperKyHHarperKy Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
hey everyone. i am new to this forum and hoping someone out there might have something similar to what i have. i am a paramedic and hurt my back 5 months ago lifting a 300 pound lady from a chair to the gurney. ever since that day i have been having intense pains in my mid back between my shoulder blades. the pain varies but stabbing, to throbbing, and then to just plain out feeling sore. Sitting or walking really aggravates my back. I have had x-ray, two MRI's, a bone scan (PET scan) with everything coming back normal. i have been on every anti-inflammatory there is it seems like with no relief. i have also tried nuerontin with no relief as well. narcotics are the only thing that makes me comfortable but i try not to that them. my workers comp doctor who has been really great basically just gave up on me last week. he has no idea what is wrong and doesn't feel comfortable treating me without a diagnosis. ive tried manipulation as well as accupuncture. nothing seems to help it. i am 28 year old and miss my job, miss being active. this injury has affected every aspect of my life and really strained my relationship with my girlfriend. i basically just want my life back. has anyone had similar type pain in thoracic area? thanks for any help


  • I am sorry to read about your problems.... So what part of the spine did you have checked out? Have you actually seen a NS/OS- what specialty does your WC doctor have?

    Having been through all kinds of spine issues I have to ask has the doctor checked your cervical spine? The intense spasms in the shoulder blade area can be an indication of lower cervical problems.

    Also- have you started working with a pain management doctor? After lumbar fusion & cervical fusion I was in an auto accident.... Injuring my T-spine in several places. The PM has been really good for me. Maybe you can get a referral to PM?

    Also, did you actually get the reports from all of your tests? If not, you should get copies of the report as well as cd/films from all the tests. You would be amazed at the stuff that you can find on your mri that some doctors brush off. Working with a specialist is a bettr bet.

    For example when I was starting my lumbar study I had collapsed disc and hnp's but was told it shouldn't cause me any problems.... Fastfwd 17 months I start seeing a NS (finally) and he orders some flex/ext x-rays. The report said everything was fine while I had a huge problem of almost full dislocated l5/s1... If you have a lot of pain there is a reason. It just takes some time to find it.

    Don't give up. This is a journey. Diagnosis can be a long process. If you haven't started keeping a pain journal please do so. I know this is hard on relationships- hang on there >:D<

    Good luck,

  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,833
    I have read so many posts where members talk about their problems and that all the diagnostic tests come back negative.

    That can be very frustrating. I think it is so much easier to deal with something when you know what that something is

    Most spinal problems will reveal themselves using one of the many diagnostic test. Even if one test comes back negative, you might need to have another test done.

    To correct any medical problem, the first thing that is necessary is to identify what the problem is

    What are you doctors telling you after all the tests come back negative>
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Have you seen your mri's and xrays? It seems like they should have seen something if it's there but when I had my first xrays they missed the crushed vertabra completely which is easy to see. I think it may have been because they often think an injury can't happen in the thoracic area.
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