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Burning/pain between shoulders and lower thoracic..

BadBackLisaBBadBackLisa Posts: 3
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Chronic Pain
Hello everyone,

About me: 25 yrs old. Started when I was 22. 5' 8'' about 165 pds. Not very active because I'll dread it the next day. I work in a office 7 hours a day. I stand up and stretch every 30 min. Don't drink and do smoke some. Taking Tramadol for pain (helps with legs only)

I started having pain about 2 1/2 years ago. It has always been on the right side of my back from my shoulder to my waist (pant line). It's a constant burning sensation that I have that when it gets sooo bad it starts hurting. Rest use to help but now I almost dread going to bed because I just can't find a comfortable position. Therefore, I am up most of the night. This is causing major work problems for me, luckily my boss is very understanding. Which by the way he is a Chiropractor. He adjusts me almost every other day. It helps a few hours but then the pain comes right back (burning never stops). About a year ago I started having leg pain. Started with my left leg and now it is both. As soon as I wake up when I do end up resting, my legs are hurting. It's like a aching dull pain. Feels like its deep inside my calves. My right arm every now and then goes numb for minutes at a time between 1-3 days. It's horrible. I had an MRI done in Jan. 2012 in my lumbar area because the doctor thought that my problem was there. I figured he knew more than I did. Turns out that I have a bulging disc at L4 L5 and S1 but I don't think that that causing the pain in burning on my shoulders. I mean sometimes my hips/waist hurts but that hurt is different from what I feel up top. I can tell the pain is because I picked up something slightly heavy (nephews) or just normal stuff and the pain goes away within a day or two max. The area that burns the most (according to my chiro) is T6-T12. But again, its only on my right side and sometimes not often at all does it hurt on both sides.

I would appreciate any help or websites I can go to to see what I options I have. I am at my end here since I've seen so many Dr's and no one can tell me anything useful. Please help me.



  • I suggest that you see a spine specialist and get your cervical and thoracic area checked out. Shoulder blade pain is usually associated with the cervical spine, but can cause pain in the mid back. You might need to get MRIs in both areas. Speak with a specialist. You should also try to find a physiatrist who can help with ordering the tests and imaging to diagnosis your current condition. Don't give up with finding the cause of your pain. Good luck and keep us informed!
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • I have a thoracic mri scheduled for tomorrow morning, hopefully that will show what's going on in there!! I can't do both thoracic and cervical mri's as you suggested because I dont have insurance and well, it gets pretty expensive :(

    I am almost positive that there is something going on in there. It hurts everyyyyy day!!! Would it be normal for pain/problems in that area to radiate up to the top as I mentioned before? Like my shoulder blade and such..? I mean since cervical problems can radiate down, why not thoracic up..? Right?

    Also, do you know if there is such a thing as getting an ultrasound "too soon"? I got one done to test various things including gallbladder a few days after the pain started.. My pain level then was about a 2 from 1-10, and now its about an 8. It seems that a lot of my symptoms include those related to gallbladder problems..? I dont know, Im just desperate here. Thanks for your time and look foward to your reply.. God Bless
  • I wish you much luck in the results of your MRI. Diagnosis is key to finding the right treatment. I do feel your pain since I still have pain in my left shoulder blade, shoulder and lower back. Recently I started to get tingling in my toes and I am waiting for authorization for a new lumbar MRI.

    Please let me know the results of the thoracic MRI! Hang in there. You will get through this. :)
    2011 ACDF C5-6 for Spondylosis with Myleopathy
    2012 L4-5 herniated disc and hernated disc at C4/5 2013 Taking Amitriptyline for headaches
  • Agreed, MRI is needed and yes the thoracic can cause pain on one side and be completly fine on other side of spine. I had zero pain on left side of thoracic and terrible pain on right.
    Herniated T6-7, multiple herniations in cervical, tears in T5-T8. Stenois at levels and smorls nodes from thoracic thru lumbar
  • Well I got my MRI done on Wednesday and now have my results. My dr called and said it was normal so I of course wanted to read the results myself. Its pretty long but to sum it up, I have a hemangioma on my t11 and t12. How is this NORMAL? Obviously if my pain is right there and that is where that thing is, then that's probably the reason to my pain right? I have read very much about this and its been said in several places that usually those don't cause problems but that in some cases it does. Everything that was described as to symptoms for this is what I feel.

    Also I think I have failed to mention previously that I have bulging discs at L4, L5, and S1. Is a bulging disc the same thing as a herniated disc? Iam a little confused about that. Anyhow, that's gotten really bad. I was up last night till about 4 am because my legs hurt sooo much. It's just a weird feeling, like it hurts but they burn and tingle too. My brother turned 21 on friday and of course alcohol was involved and I had about 2 margarita drinks not fully loaded but I did notice that my legs hurt a lot more in the am. Its like a hot and cold feeling, dont know if that makes sense or not. But I use to drink just about every other weekend before (2 years ago) and the leg pain was the same, sooo I have now concluded that alcohol makes it worse, so i have officially stopped drinking in any amount. Sorry for this being soo long, i just need to vent and see if anyone has any suggestions.

    What should I consider now? Surgery? All medication treatments have failed and I need relief NOW. I have had chiropractic treatments, physical therapy and have taken all sorts of medications. I now know my problems but am stuck as to what to do. I am only 25, I want to get married and start a family but i cant get off my meds and i know that while preg you cant take anything.. Im just griping now so Iam gonna stop now lol.. But please take a few minutes to reply. Thanks!!

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