I am new to this forum, but wanted to share my story in the hopes of finding others with a similar issue. I have been suffering from mid back pain (thoracic region) for the past 10 years. It is a very localized, hypersensititve spot about the size of a half dollar (maybe slightly bigger) approximately one inch to the right of my spine. This area of my back is pretty much always in pain, but there are times about once or twice every month or so where I do something that intensifies the pain. This exacerbation of pain can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. The pain is so debilitating sometimes I end up just lying on the couch not wanting to move because I am hurting so badly. There are a number of things that have caused these exacerbations in the past including bending down to tie my shoes, lifting, twisting, exercising, coughing, sneezing, etc. I try to avoid activities that increase my back pain, but sometimes when I have the exacerbations I couldn't even tell you what happened or what I did to cause it. When I am not having an exacerbation of back pain, my back is in a state of "normalcy" for me in which it is painful, hypersensititve, and sore, but a tad bit more manageable.
I have been to numerous doctors and tried various treatments over the past 10 years, including PT (many, many times!), two cortisone shots, chiropractor, swimming, stretching, biofreeze, ice/heat, myofascal release, e-stim (electrical stimulation, and kinesiotape. I also take IB profen or tylenol, but this does not help the pain. None of these treatments help my back pain or relieve it in the slightest other than ice/biofreeze because it temporarily numbs the pain.
The most frustrating part of all of this is that no doctor can figure out exactly what is wrong with my back. I have been given the diagnosis chostochondritis, but I strongly believe this was just given to me as a diagnosis for lack of knowing what else to tell me as none of my symptoms match this condition. The answer I have gotten from many doctors is that they don't know what is wrong and there is no surgery to help me that they know of, and their answer is to send me to physical therapy. I have been to physical therapy MANY times, and honestly, it always just ends up making it feel worse.
I am just so tired of living with this debilitating pain. I am only 24 years old and I worry about what my future will be like with this back pain as the years go on. What will it be like with pregnancy and during old age? Honestly I feel like I'm screwed!
Does anyone have any suggestions as to treatments to try? Or has anyone ever experienced similar back pain or issues?