Hi, I'm new to these forums and I'm not sure where to post so I thought I'd just start a new post.
I am desperate. I have had pain on my left side in the thoracic area of my back for 2 years now. It feels like its in the muscle, but my spine now hurts as well. It has slowly progressed and just keeps getting worse.
It started bothering me only on the nights when I worked late (3AM-bartending). I don't recall any trauma except one night when I bent over and felt a pulling sensation. I didn't think anything of it as it didn't hurt afterwards and I still don't know if its related at all because it occurred a few weeks before the pain started. By the end of the nights when I had a long intense shift it would feel like the muscle between my shoulder blade and my spine was a giant ball of tense pain. Always got better with rest and wouldn't show up again until after another late night of work. I constantly feel the urge to twist and stretch but it never helps. Pain killers don't touch it. Slowly it has become more and more frequent until it is now painful after ANY activity (laundry,exercise, carrying my baby, etc) and only gets better if I lie down for awhile. Sitting doesn't alleviate it. I now also have pain in the vertebrae that are closest to this area. I have had a negative MRI, chiropractic treatments made it feel worse, and physical therapy has not helped at all. When my PT pushes directly on the area it is intensely painful. Ice and heat feel good but only temporarily. The pain comes and goes all throughout the day and is making me depressed. I'm worried that I have cancer or something. It really is affecting my quality of life and no one seems to have any ideas what it could be. Yesterday my pt had another pt evaluate me and afterwards they both looked at each other and shrugged and said "I don't know". Since this pain has started I have had my first child. The pain bothered me a lot during my pregnancy until I went on bed rest for a month. It didn't bother me at all during bed rest and then after the baby was born and I started carrying her around it came back with a vengeance and has since then it has become daily torture.
Has anyone had a similar experience that was able to figure out what the problem was?