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Chronic Upper Back Pain

I am new to the forum and I'm just looking for any advice/tips from any other members suffering a similar problem. I have suffered with back pain for approx 6 years now originally in the lower back area but over the past two years this has progressed into my upper back. The pain in my upper back is constant and is having a massive impact on my quality of life and it feels like it is getting worse.

I have seen chiropractors and physios over the past few years and they have suggested various causes such as a pelvic imbalance, leg length discrepancy, muscle imbalance and poor posture. I have had an MRI scan on my lower back that didn't reveal anything major other than minor disc degeneration at L5. I have been given various exercises through these visits which I have followed but with no benefit or pain relief. I have also been an active member of a gym this year doing some cardio and gentle weights. Unfortunately none of this seemed to help and the upper back pain is taking over my life!

I have been to my GP several times but their support has not been great. They just say I am doing everything they would advise and that any referral to a pain clinic would only be for those patients who are unable to go to work and in significant pain. I have tried some pain medication such as co-codamol and codeine but unfortunately I can't take anti-inflammatories as I have a kidney illness.

The reason that I am posting now is to hopefully see if anyone else is suffering in a similar way and see if there are any coping technics/pain relief that they have found helpful. Also if they have any suggestions whether to see any other specialist I.e a osteopath? I have become really down about it and I'm struggling to cope with the constant pain and just don't know what else I can do about it or who else may be able to help. I appreciate any tips/guidance any of you may be able to offer!




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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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