Where to start...hello is as good of a place as any I guess.
I am a 24 year old female with chronic pain. I originally saw a doctor for a shoulder injury (December 2010), or what I at least thought was a shoulder injury, after I had been having pain and one day was lifting something and felt a pop in between my spine and shoulder blade.
Since then I have been diagnosed with tendonitis in both shoulders and have seen 7 different doctors and 2 different physical therapists. The first time I saw the doctor I complained of back pain but at the time my shoulder seemed to be the issue. Every test that has been ordered has been for my shoulder, mri, emg, xrays (3 or 4 sets)... my shoulder seems almost normal now. My back is getting worse and I can barely get a doctor to look at it. When I trace my spine if feels like a couple of my discs are too close together. Oh, my dad has ddd...I know that it isn't exactly hereditary as well.
I feel like I am losing hope and don't know where to turn, so here I am checking out forums.
Sleeping has been a huge problem for the past 3 weeks, I am lucky to fall asleep and stay asleep. Waking up every hour or two is now inevitable no matter what I try. Yesterday at work I stood up and when I went to walk I just about collapsed. It felt like my spine was going to break in half or that one of my discs was going to shatter. I can still feel it when I breathe deep or try to move.
If there is any advice that people are willing to share I am listening. Any stretches...I'll try just about anything at this point.