Hey, guys and gals
I'm a newbie to this site and hope I can get some good advice, as I suffer from some bad upper back pain. I have a lengthy description of my problem, so, bare with me.
I am a plumber and my job is physically demanding. A couple years ago, we were plumbing a new home and doing maintenance work at a high rise apartment facility, and I was doing a lot of overhead work with my arms stretched out and my head tilted back. Working under the new house was the roughest, as the crawl space was maybe only 30 to 40 inches high. Well, one day, when we were working on the house, I went to a local grocery store and purchased some cheese sticks with ketchup and notice about 30 minutes after eating, i got some serious indigestion that was radiating into my spine. Long story short, here it is a couple years later and I have still have the same pain. I was told that one of the upper thoracic discs has a nerve that passes through it that goes to your esophagus and upper abdomen area?? This pain is almost unbearable if I do a chin tuck, been my my spine to the left or right, or bend backwards. When I lay down at night, it feels like my upper abs are tight and I can feel pressure all across my upper back. Please help me with some advice or knowledge, if at all possible.
I haven't had an mri yet, but two ekgs, a chest xray, blood work, and my thyroid checked. Everything came back good. They told me at an ER visit about a month after it started hurting, that I had strained my thoracic spine, but didn't say to what extent or anything. Twisting around in my upper back is also excruciating. I'm going to try and get a mri in November.
Thanks for any insight to this newbie.