Hi everyone~ I did not know this forum existed (and maybe it didn't when I first started looking many, many years ago). I have been suffering from mid-back pain for over 8 years now. No one has given me an explanation. When it first started (and I had insurance) I had an MRI which only revealed mild DDD and nothing else. I am divorced now, self employed w/o insurance and have not had an MRI in over 7 years. Since then, the pain has worsened considerably. My doctors say that the muscles in the thoracic area spasm nonstop and they don't know how to make them stop.
I started with physical therapy, chiro, then steroid injections, then up to the University of Washington (wanting to get off of daily pain meds) and they did injections and I was pain free for 15 days!!! It was heaven! When the pain returned, they had me come back right away for more injections. 3 days later, I came down with Cushings Disorder and not long after that, I came down with viral meningitis. I was in the hospital for a week and out of work for 3 months. During this time, my husband divorced me and I lost my health insurance.
Now, 4 years later, new symptoms: loss of fine motor control in hands and feet. Drop everything! Breaking dishes etc. Driving, I cannot smoothly push gas and brake pedals so every movement requires a jerky motion. I not only frustrate myself, but y daughter who is usually in the car with me. I'm not sure what to do now? I cannot afford to pay out of pocket for another MRI but I feel it should be updated since my original symptoms are worse and I have even more problems now.
So far, my general doctor thinks it started because I am a hairstylist and I have been doing hair for over 20 years. My arms are raised most of the time.