I just joined this forum with the hope of getting some ideas to present to my doctor during my next appointment.
I have been suffering from severe chronic pain in my upper back for about a year now. Chiropractic and massage used to help a little, but became ineffective even when done two or three times a week. Since I started seeing a doctor for this back pain I have lost 75 pounds, took up walking and biking, stretched and flexed constantly, and exercised my stomach and back muscles. I even bought an inversion table.
None of this seems to be helping.
I had a very thorough physical June 2011. All the blood work came back fine. My chest xray showed mild scoliosis and mild disc degeneration.
I had an MRI done December 2011 and all four medical professionals that have looked at it said everything is normal. The MRI report said everything was normal "aside from small Schmorl's nodes involving the endplates at the T5-6 level and the inferior endplate of T6 as well".
My doctor, which is actually a PA at a community health center, has not been very aggressive as far as sending me to specialists or trying to figure something out. All she has done is prescribe me a daily dose of 800mg of Tramadol which doesn't even touch my pain most days.
I told her that I'm paying a fortune out of pocket to keep my insurance active so I want to use it. I requested that we run any and all tests in an attempt to figure out whats wrong with me.
So these are my questions-
1. What are some possible diseases/conditions that we should be looking for?
2. And what kind of tests should we be running?
3. What kind of specialists should I be seeing? Orthopedic? Neurologists?
Thanks for the help and any ideas!