I'm a 44 year old male that had a chiropractor push down a bit too hard on my mid back. Its been pretty much a constant pressure/ache since that day almost 5 months ago with some radiating tightness and mild pain to one side of the rib cage (right). The epicenter of the chiro hit seems to be from dead center to slightly to the right. I'll call it minor on the pain scale but still a complete nuisance on its way to being a real drain on my outlook as keeping it in check often involves an aspirin and menthol rub regimen. It varies through the day with some movements seeming to bring on a later higher level of ache indicating inflammatory action of some sort. Definitely have some new clicks in the spine at that area when I make certain movements too. There is no pain directly associated with movement fortunately so I have tried to stay active but have refrained from heavy duty weight lifting work outs which I really miss. X-rays are unremarkable per Dr. at the spine center.
I'm more interested in diagnosis and prognosis without invasive treatment and he wants to do an MRI to rule out disc involvement although he thinks it is unlikely that this is the issue. I've read the forum a bit and it seems that MRI can be useful in seeing problems with facet and costovertebral joint problems but not always. At this point, barring a disc problem being completely responsible, either of these seem like possible reasons for my problems. I'd be appreciative of input from anyone who's had a thoracic issue of this sort and might have some insight or suggestions as to what I should direct the MRI tech to do as this will be on my dime so I want to try and get it right. Thanks