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Sore back for years, x-rays paint a new picture

So, I've always sort of had an achy upper back for as long as I can remember. I was always told to sit up straight etc. etc. Over the past 7 months or so it's gotten progressively worse and my neck has been troublesome also. I finally went to see a new chiropractor who gave me a full spinal x-ray including my neck. My neck x-ray showed a loss of cervical lordosis which explains the neck issues. I'm not so concerned about that as I've been told it's fixable and I'm already feeling better with a combo of chiropractor and adjusting how I sleep.

My biggest concern now is for my back. Below is the x-ray:


So I know in the grand scheme of things (or at least after browsing the forum and googling images that's how it seems) that what's going on here isn't terrible, but I know it's not good. And it doesn't feel good. The area between my shoulder blades, particularly on the right hand side just burns and aches when I'm at work. I do work at a computer all day, something I am hoping to change in the future but for right now I'm stuck with it. Over the past 2 weeks it's been getting progressively worse to the point where I'm squirming and readjusting all shift and I can't make it a full 8 hour without icing my back. Last night ice didn't even help. The area around my right shoulder blade felt incredibly tight and very uncomfortable. Ice didn't help at all. I had to stop working and went home early. As I drove home my right arm started to hurt and just felt heavy. Sleep wasn't awesome and as I sit here typing this I am in quite a bit of discomfort. I'm near my breaking point! I can't make it through work anymore, and some days I don't even know how I manage it. I make every effort to sit properly but it doesn't seem to help.

I know there are no doctors here, and I'm going to see mine next week to see if I can get something for the pain and a referral to a specialist, but I'm curious if anyone has experienced something similar or has had x-rays that looked somewhat similar to mine. I feel like I'm walking around in the dark and it's very scary and frustrating.


  • I'm not sure you are going to be able to get much feed back with this pic. It's a neat pic with your skull in the picture, never seen one like that. I'm not seeing anything wrong on here, but then again, I'm only familiar with scoliosis and kyphosis (which is better seen at the side profile). Please let us know what the doctor says and then hopefully you'll be able to find someone here going through similar issues. I do hope you are able to get the correct treatment soon.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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