Hi I'm new here. I don't know if this should go in cervical pain or thoracic so I will start here.
So quick list of symptoms.
Constant dull ache and tightness with occasional burning between shoulder blades to the right of my spine.
Lack of mobility in neck.
Top of right shoulder now 2-3 inches lower than left shoulder when standing straight and relaxed.
Spasms of the muscles in neck/shoulder/upper back preventing the raising of upper arm/moving of head.
These also cause pulling ear down toward shoulder and shoulder up toward ear. Usually on right side, occasionally on left side. Lasting 3 to 6 days each with gaps of 3 days to 3 months between episodes. When is spasm the pain is worse than I have ever experienced. Breathing sends shooting pains that take my breath away. I cannot dress, get out of bed or wash unaided and cannot drive or do my job.
MRI shows disc bulges/lesions at c5/6 and c6/7, lost curvature due to degeneration and a lesion at T3/4. I have been told that none of this is the cause of my problem as the nerves are not being impeded in any way. He doesn't know what the problem is and cannot do anything more for me.
My doctor didn't even want me to go for the MRI and said it is a waste of money. He wants me to take painkillers and muscle relaxants and accept that it is just the way I am. He says that the source of back pain is rarely found and it is better to manage the pain than to try to find the cause.
I also have numbness/tingling in the 2 smaller fingers on my right hand and occasionally the outside of my right foot although the fingers may be down to a nerve issue in my elbow, I have yet to get it investigated.
This has gone on for about 7 years but I have had a burning pain between my shoulder blades since I was a teenager (I am 34). I can put up with the pain day to day but I cannot cope with the spasms. It is genuinely ruining my life.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I have had regular PT but everything they have tried has made it worse. The muscles are constantly rigid but the more they try to massage out the knots the more spasms I have so I am going in a circle!