Hi all, first off, this is my first post in the forums, I hope this is the correct sub-forum to post in. Basically, in late 2012 I was weight lifting and felt a sharp shooting pain in my upper back below my left shoulder blade. I thought it would go away after a few weeks, as the docs kept telling me, and surely enough to this day I still suffer from bouts of intense pain and frequent prolonged milder pains throughout the day.
I am currently prescribed 10/300 hydrocodones after starting over a year ago with 7.5/500. I am 25 years old, and I recently told my parents about how long I have been taking hydrocodone, and they are worried about addiction and dependence problems. In no way do I want to be taking these drugs forever, and am seeking others with similar problems about what medications they take and what works best for them, especially drugs that would not form addiction.
A little about my pain history:
-I have seen many doctors, including spine specialists. X-rays nor MRI scans showed no abnormailities in my back (2012)
-I did PT in early 2013 for 2 months with no relief.
-I did chiropractic/ massage therapy afterwards for 6 months with more pain after massages and eventually stopped. I took magnesium powder at night per the chiropractor's recommendation for my muscles but didnt feel much relief.
-I moved across the country and have been doing PT for 8 weeks so far, with no relief. I am doing tons of back stretches every day in accordance with my PTs recommendations on top of appointments. I currently see my PCP once every few months for updates and refills on my hydrocodone.
-In the past I hav tried countless medications, of which none gave me any relief like hydrocodone, which was our last drug we tried. Those drugs included: Skelaxin (metaxalone), Robaxin (methocarbamol), flexeril, toradol, ibuprofen 800mg, naproxyn 500mg, methylprednisone (made me nauseous as hell, so I was told to stop), tramadol, tylenol 3, and Im sure others I cant think of right now.
Currently, my therapist has told me that my scapular and trapezius muscles have been overcompensating for my back problem for so long that I have lost all curvature in my thoracic spine, which is causing my pain. My pain extends from T3 to the lower lumbar region, although predominant around T5-6.
Sorry for the long story, but I am actively looking to try something else or find something to lay on to help correct my spine. I discussed Lyrica with my doctor but am afraid to try something new when I know my hydrocodone is helping me find relief. Thank you for any and all input.