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chronic middle back pain

Hi everyone,

This is my first time on here and as i read through all the forum posts I realise that I am not alone. Back bain is such a debilitating thing and really affects your quality of life. Let me introduce myself - i am 25, recently married, i have hypermobility syndrome and reside in brisbane, Australia. My first back troubles started with my lower back a few years ago after a treadmill incident. I have a bulge in my L4-L5 and i used to have chronic sciatic pain. the sciatic pain has eased off since i have lost almost 20kgs, i guess the pressure isn't so much now but 2 years ago is where my most recent, most painful back pain started. I was doing star jumps to a work out dvd and the next day I woke up with a severe spasm in my muscles in the middle of my back - on the spine, between my scapulas. I couldn't really move it hurt so bad so I went to the GP and they just said take some pain killers to get rid of it but it never got better. I don't know how to explain it but it's a chronic burning pain in the middle of my back and it's sore to touch and radiates more on my right side than left. I have a bit of scoliosis too but before this I had never had back pain. I can crack the middle of my back with ease now and before I couldnt, I find it really troubling that it cracks so easily. Cracking it eases it for a second or 2, heat and ice help but once again only temporary. I have had cortiso injection whilst having an MRI and that did nothing. I have had prolotherapy as well and that has not been helpful either. I also have massages in that area to ease the muscles but that can only help so much. If i sit down for too long it hurts, if i stand up for too long the pain gets worse, its only really a combo of lying down, walking etc that help manage it. I do weight training as well to try to strengthen my back but the pain is still there. I dont want to go to a chiropracter, i dont know what to do next? I just want an answer to what i have because its slowly ruining my life. Sometimes i get pain from the middle of my back radiating through my chest, the massage therapist thinks its a misaligned rib...My musculoskeletal dr says i have secondary triggerpoint dysfunction/muscle something or other and i have schmor's (sp?) nodes but he suggests they arent causing the pain. Is anyone else in the same boat as me? Anyone have any suggestions?

Thank you for listening to my story.. together i hope we find answers to our back pain


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  • thoracic spine painthoracic spine pain Posts: 566
    edited 07/23/2013 - 1:12 PM
    I have been through 8 years of hell from specialists in Brisbane. I will PM you with the only people worth seeing, it has taken me 8 years and a lot of research to find them. I have spent around $30,000 on every type of therapy possible, natural therapies and traditional western medicine. If they suggest a pain management clinic they are a rip off as well. I went to the Wesley PM and even my new specialist said it was a money making scheme. Look at your Inbox and I have given you the names of the only people who have helped me after 8 years of research and constant delibitating pain to the stage I had to give up work and everything else I loved, including my partner. I don't want anyone else to have to go through the same treadmill horror story I have been through.
  • barcabbarca Posts: 24
    edited 07/25/2013 - 1:40 PM
    sorry to hear...i'm in a similar boat. What did your MRI say?
  • I'm from Brisbane as well, and truly sorry you are going through this much pain. Hope the Drs thoracic spine pain recommends can help you.
  • thoracic spine painthoracic spine pain Posts: 566
    edited 07/25/2013 - 4:54 PM
    I haven't found a good PM doctor but a friend of mine who is a DR said that anethiests are the best for pain. Will PM you with the only DRs I have found that have helped. Look in your in box.
  • HAFcrew12HHAFcrew12 Posts: 1
    edited 01/22/2015 - 10:19 PM
    Going on about 5 or 6 yrs myself and looking for any advice/insight you all may have. Feel free to PM me.

    Thanks all!

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