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Hello. Hoping to learn more to help me deal with my upper back pain.

Hello to everybody.
My name is John McMullan. Im from Wales in the United Kingdom. Looking this morning I found this site while trying to research my upper back pain. I have had back pain since the age of 12 - I am now 37. After a few hours reading I could see that this is a well put together site and a huge resource of information for those looking to help themselves.

As I've always had a questionable back I decided to pick a profession which would not irritate my condition. This didn't happen and I became a plumber.

Over the last 4 years the lower back pain I had has become less of an issue but I now have significant thoracic pain extending round into my chest. I am fairly sure it's related to my working posture. But I did have a fall from a roof where I managed to grab a timber on the way down to stop the fall. The next day my upper back pain started. The pain is significant at times but will go away after a couple of weeks only to suddenly start again. It can be something as simple as brushing my teeth or turning to look at something which triggers it.

I have been having physio for months now and the frequency of episodes hasn't altered. I exercise to strengthen the area when I'm pain free.

I'm not sure i could cope with this level of pain on a 24/7 basis like so many of you do. This is really starting to get me down though and being self employed I'm worried about the future. I hope there is something I can do whilst in my thirties to help this be manageable in the future. Tomorrow I'm going to see my gp and see what else he can suggest. I have never had a definitive diagnosis just what I consider to be blanket approach treatment.

Reading the posts on here have been a massive help already.

Thank you John.


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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