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.