I am new to this forum, in fact I have never used one but I was searching for research regarding my chronic health problem and came across this forum. I was hoping someone, anyone.. would help me! PLEASE
I am 27 year old, 120lb female who is suffering from chronic pain in the right scapular region, which I believe is causing the entire spine to feel severe discomfort, ache, and severe heat. The pain is worst in the morning arising out of bed and prevents me from fully standing up straight. In the am, I have severe aching of the entire spine/back. I need to set my alarm 30 mins before fully awaking to take a pain med in order to not cry out in agony. Without pain meds, the pain is so excruciating and minimally tolerable. I would rate it a 6/7 out of 10.
HISTORY: I worked at a chiropractic office 15 months ago and one of the "perks" was to get adjusted. While working there, I was engaging in weight lifting but It was minimal and I do not recall hurting myself at the gym. NEVER IN MY LIFE have I experienced any kind of back pain, ever! I started chiro adjustment as I heard it is healthy for the spine and body and to try it. I had never had an adjustment and was worried about him touching my neck. It just seemed scary adjusting a neck.. eek. Anyway, he adjusted my neck, upper, lower, hips.. overtime obviously not at one adjustment. After one adjustment, I started feeling a weird tingle under my scapula. After a few, it got worse and I started using a heating pad often that you heat up in the microwave. I also iced it, and I heard heat/ice on and off is beneficial. I would only use heat or ice 1x a day maybe 2. The tingling under my scapula started causing achy and upper back pain/thoracic consistently.. however it was a 2/3 out of 10 on the pain scale but was constant.
I stopped getting adjusted at adjustment 12 to 14x because I felt the pain was because of the adjustments as I never had a back problem, or any type of constant pain. I feel like chriopractic care is not for everyone and I believe this has caused the current life altering issue I am dealing with and wish I never was adjusted. I will never truly know what caused the chronic pain but it is the only logical explanation. I do think it could have been lifting related, but I had always lifted and know how to properly lift as well. Regardless, the incicent has caused detrimental results on my life.. so I am asking anyone TO PLEASE HELP ME, HELP ME FIGURE OUT WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME, I AM SOO SAD;(.
Currently, I cannot function without 3/4 or more pain meds a day as the pain continues to get worse. I am experiencing tingling, burning, warm to touch, tightness, aching in my scapular region. It feels like its underneath the right scapula. I feel like that is causing the aching in the thoracic/lumbar spine regions and the pain is constant unless it is relieved by Ultram or Hydro/acetam. I have tried to function without any pain meds because I am a nursing student, I learn about addiction and know what pain meds can do to peoples lives. I could not physically function, get ready for school, eat breakfast, without a pain med. The pain is so intense that I just cant do anything, it almost tires me out and iI feel short of breath and need to lay down. But then I do not want to get up, and the pain intensifies If I do not take a pill.
I am soo beyond sad and feel worthless now, like such a loser because I need the meds in order to function and I pray everyday that I can be normal again. I am doing well in nursing school but that is only because I am on meds to relieve thepain. if I was not on a pain reliever, I would not be able to get to schooL, I would not be able to do anything.
I have seen a spine surgeon, and begged him for an MRI, but he did not do one focusing on my scapula, only on cervical/thoracic. It showed a buldging disk but the doctor said that is not causing my problem. He said he could not help me further. I went to the same offices PT that they recommended and felt no relief after 10 visits, no progression. With the insurance I have, it prevented me from seeing spinmusculoskel specialists in the area who are highly recommended, however I talked to an old friend and their good ffriend was able to pull some strings and get me into this hhighly recommended spine doctor.
The newest Doc says I am having severe muscle spasms in the right scapular region and that is causing my problem so he is going to do a few trigger point injections and advised me to his PT office and am starting PT in a fewdays, again. The trigger pt procedure is in a few weeks. I know trigger pt injections are temporary and I want to be cured forever, what could I do to never experience this pain again? What do you think is wrong with me? Can anyone help me?