I've had intense upper back pain since changing the battery in my car in February 2011. I've had all the symptoms of a herniated disc, but according to the MRI's I've had: "very mild posterocentral protrusion at T3-T4"
How could a "very mild posterocentral protrusion" cause debilitating pain? I often have extreme burning pain in the muscle under my arm and along the outside of my scapula. When this first started I was having heart palpitations and shortness of breath. Lately, I've began having muscle spasms and a permanently tight muscle in the front of my rib cage. Bending over, sitting in any position other than ram-rod straight, or lying on my side (either) makes the pain much worse. How could a "mild" protrusion cause all that? I just don't believe the MRI is giving a full picture of the problem. I don't know what other test to ask my doctor to do.
Has anyone else had the experience of having an MRI that shows a mild problem (or no problem at all), but then later having some other test that shows a more serious problem?
My doctor prescribed PT, but it hasn't helped at all. In fact, it tends to aggravate the pain. PT feels pointless anyway. I don't see how it could possibly fix whatever the problem is. When I do PT I feel as though I may as well be painting a barn with a toothpick.