I have been having mid and upper back pain for some time now. My fusion was successful in helping the severe neck and shoulder blade pain, as well as the arm weakness, but it seems to have made the mid back pain worse. This is pain along the lower half of the thoracic spine that is always there but gets worse throughout the course of the day. By the evening, especially if I have had an active day, I will have pain wrapping around my ribs- on both sides. I have tried lower back and neck PT (2 months of each), meds and trigger point injections. I got 4 trigger point injections 2 days ago. Yesterday evening my pain was even worse than it has been, that was about 30 hours since the injections. Does this mean it is not helping? Or does it take longer than that to start working? One thing that was odd... Of the 4 injections one I did not feel even a prick. I felt nothing. 1 hurt moderately, and the other 2 barely hurt at all. Any idea what that means? If you had TP injections did you feel them? I am starting to think the pain is actually coming from my shoulders. When I use my TENS unit and put it over the area of the mid back pain, it feels too low, when I put it in my shoulder, upper back area it seems to help. Everything feels lower if that makes sense.
Anyway, what I am asking is... Have you ever had trigger point injections? I believe it was a steroid that was injected. Did they help? Did they hurt? How long did it take before it started working? Has anyone had mid back pain like this?
ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011
Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.
Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg