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please, please, please offer some kind of advice :(

Hi everyone.

I'm writing this as a sort of last resort - I've constantly been going round in circles.

I am a fit, active, 24 year old male. For, roughly, the past 2 years I have been experiencing terrible mid-back pain when waking up in the morning. I have no pain whatsoever during the day - only in the mornings. Over the past 2 years I have changed mattresses and regardless of what I sleep on, the pain is intense. Over the past 5 months - 98% of the mornings, I will wake up but whats worse is this.... I wake up and every time I breathe in, everything tightens and I find it difficult to breathe.

It honestly felt like my ribs were bruised as opposed to muscular. I went to the hospital over a year ago - they did an X ray, saw no problem and told me to see a physic. I went to see a physic and they saw no muscular imbalance and said they didn't know what it could be? I now live in Dubai and healthcare isn't top form here - I also went to see a neurologist here who didn't even look at my back and told me to carry on 'stretching'?

I hate the hospital / doctors etc so would only go when the pain is excruciating. Every single morning I am waking up with a 'bruised' feeling in my mid back / lower ribs - which tightens whenever i breathe and i struggle to move. I have to gently ease myself out of bed and walk around a bit.

On top of this - my vision keeps going blurry (same duration as back pain). I don't need to wear glasses - went to the opticians and they said I had good eyesight. However, my eyes every couple of months will both go blurry and honestly feels like the start of a stroke! I have had uveitis in the past also.

Does this sound familiar to everyone? I have no idea what to do. X rays / physio / neurologist has been a waste. People keep trying to pass me off to someone else. Should I get an MRI scan done?

Please help.



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  • In your situation, I'd ask the doc about a CT scan or MRI. X-rays are great for detecting issues with the bone like fractures but you really need a CT or MRI to see the soft tissues like cartilage, discs etc. It seems strange to me that your doctors haven't wanted to investigate your problem further, since they haven't found an answer as to what is causing it. Good luck.
  • thoracic spine painthoracic spine pain Posts: 566
    edited 02/17/2014 - 1:17 AM
    If you are having trouble breathing and it is wrapping round your thoracic spine you need to get checked out especially with blurring vision as well. All your vital organs are protected by your thoracic spine and ribcage so it could be anything.

    Thought the Drs were pretty good in Dubai. Get an MRI, Ct san, bone scan but also you need to have your vital organs checked as well with all the normal tests like liver, lung function, heart, blood checks etc.

    If it is your spine it would normally get worse during the day especially if you are working on a computer. With spine pain lying flat usually helps so maybe it is something else. It could be anything but I would try and get a diagnosis as soon as possible as breathing problems are a red flag - so is blurred vision - and your vital organs are where the pain radiates.

    Have a look at the dermatone chart on this site and if it is spine you can tell where the pain is originating, then I guess get someone to touch you there, if it's your spine it should be agony if they hit the spot BUT it could just be something like a cracked rib which they don't pick up sometimes. It really could be absolutely anything.

    If it was me I wouldn't leave it any longer as it could be serious and might be connected to a problem with one of your vital organs. No good earning the big bucks if your health is compromised. If you lose your health material possessions and chasing the big buck are going to be the least important thing in your life.
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