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So let me start off by saying that i have been in pain for about 7 years now. It hurts just to the right of my spine around the lower portion of my shoulder blades. Kind of like some one is doing a four knuckle press there. Occasionally i will move wrong or twist and i will there is a slight popping sensation followed by extreme pain (spasms). At that point i cannot bend left, right or forward anymore for about 2 or 3 weeks. I can also get some sharp pains when i use my arms in front or behind me. As i get older and the longer i have had this problem it seems to be easier it is to have the problem get more extreme. The last time it happend i wasnt twisting or turning iw was just walking in a straight line and it dropped me. Initially i went to the doctor and we played the i hurt game until i went to an mri that came back negative. After they told me nothing was wrong and all the pain was in my head and then accussed me of being a drug seeker. Needless to say that will make feel crappy about getting medical help. After this last bout of pain however i decide i just cant take it anymore. I am going to go to physical therapy in a few weeks but am really worried. i have tried to stretch the muscles in the area but it is difficult. I cant pull my chin to my chest, pulling it forward is ok but letting it go back is murder. Same goes for pulling up on my head( did this in an attempt to relieve the pressure, I swear the just the pressure from my upper bodies weight hurts.) After the negative MRI is there any hope? Can this pain really be in my head? 7 years is just to long to live with pain like this especially if there is any chance of making it better. Advice would be appreciated


  • ...is that they will be able to give their recommendations, too. Hopefully, you do improve with physical therapy - and how lovely that would be if that occurred.

    However, if you don't improve, you would have further documentation on the subject and can go to another doctor. I don't know where you live, but find a doctor who will listen. Clearly, the one you saw isn't.

    But, it's actually good you are going the route of physical therapy. It might be uncomfortable and it might be painful to start, but you're starting to build a case/history about your symptoms and that will hopefully lead to a better resolution for you.

    Good luck!
    10/26/2012 ACDF C3/4 C4/5 surgery
    No pain; no pain meds - thank goodness!
    04/01/2013 - 5 months + 1 week - FUSED
    Doing some physical therapy for even better range of motion
  • reesemayrreesemay Posts: 67
    edited 03/01/2013 - 7:23 PM
    Please, if anything hurts do not push through it. I hear the pt's force you and i have heard people say they push you to your furthest limit. I only tell you this so you dont do something to hurt yourself more. Shooting or sharp pain is nerve pain. Dont let them abuse you by increasing weight too high, let them lower your pain, its your pain and they dont know how much you hurt Dont let them get away with it and just say it is your muscles.
    I speak from experience. I did the intensive pt program. With 5 different doctors,,, the whole thing.
    My experience is the pysical therapy for me was the best part. They teach you to use tennis balls and a oversize pool noodle. That was the beSt thing of the whole pt.
    I alsi found that they will have you do exersizes lifting a ball in increasing increm
  • reesemayrreesemay Posts: 67
    edited 03/01/2013 - 7:36 PM
    Increments. When or if you get to this exersise if it hurts you stop and go back to the lower weight until you can get thru it without pain. Or even go down 2 levels. My whole point is dont push your limits till you hurt
    I am sorry but i did just that and got hurt more..so take it easy.
    I hope i did not scare you, but just some things to think about going thru PT
    The usual steps are,
    1. Conservative. Anti-inflamatories
    2 injections and or PT
    3Either pain management or surgeon.

    Maybe you can find a thoratic specialist
    Sharp pain is nerve pain dont let the docs dismiss it,get a referral to someone who knows this.
    Sometime depending on where the problem is, they might not be able to see it on an mri
    DONT GIVE UP!!!!!
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