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Need Help, extreme back pain that gets worse every day

Jackdude3006JJackdude3006 Posts: 1
edited 11/15/2014 - 7:52 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
I am a 17 year old male and have had severe back pain for the past few days. As far as i know this pain hasn't been here for a while, but i will list everything that is wrong. I recently had to go on an inhaler because my lungs hurt like non other. However, the inhaler itself did nothing to help except make me angry. I have bad side effects to medicines so i have an issue taking most pain killers and the like. Something tells me that my lungs hurting has something to do the my back pain.

On tuesday 11-11-14, i was in my kitchen making a Japanese dessert called Dango. Now, i am not Japanese, but i love the dango a lot. I live in the US as Well. I had a problem standing there for about 2 hours making the stuff, but i brushed off the pain as nothing, as i have had pain standing up before. My doctors have said nothing about it. Wednesday i had a pain underneath my right shoulder blade. I was in school this day. I had finals last week and had monday and tuesday off. The pain was a big discomfort and i had 400 mg of ibuprofen in my system to help the pain. Didn't help. That night the pain didn't improve, even though i put on icy-hot.

On thursday i couldn't go to school because the pain had spread around and it hurt to move. So i stayed home from school and just went to work with my mom. We have a dog walking company, so it is easy not to do much. My mom told me to get a heat ;ad and lie on that for a while. This is a special type of clay that is heated up in the microwave, or chilled in the freezer. I went with the heat. The pain was a real annoyance now. I took a melatonin to help sleep through the pain. Should've remembered my side effects. I also had 400 mg of ibuprofen that dad.

Yesterday i couldn't go to school cause my melatonin activated at 5 in the morning rather than 10pm with i took it. My pain had also taken up my entire right side of my back and started snaking up my neck and around my chest. My mother and i went to the grocery store and i couldn't push the cart because my back hurt so much. Like i could barley move the damn thing. I couldn't lift anything with that arm. By the time i went to bed the pain was enough to bring some tears to my eyes. And i haven't cried in over 3 years. Just not my thing anymore. I couldn't fine any good way to sleep as the pain hurt everywhere. I am surprised i found a way to sleep, but i am sad i did. I had 800 mg of ibuprofen yesterday.

Today i woke up in pain. My entire back is in pain. More so on my right side, but my left side, lower back and my neck all hurt. Now, i haven't been just brushing this off. I have done maybe 13 hours of research to what this may be. I have looked on here, webmb, wikipedia, google, documentaries... I have looked everywhere. I saw a blog here on thursday written two years ago by Hermonie Maylfoy. She had a chronic pain that started when she was 14 but didn't thing she could have any issues. It turns out she had injured her back. A man on there posted that his 6 year old son was diagnosed with Spondylolisthesis. I have researched many back issues from slipped disks to pulled muscles, fractured spines to broken ribs. I am lost.

From what i have seen Spondylolisthesis is most common in the elderly and children from ages 6-16. And with that mainly girls rather than guys. Slipped disks on the other hand are more common in males, but you can see slipped disks. I flexed my back a certain way yesterday and my mom was there with me. According to her my back is swollen in 3 places. The worst swollen place in under my right shoulder blade.

My pain is excruciating, but my dad is too stubborn to take me to see a doctor. Again, i am 17, but my parents are divorced. I live with my mother as my dad is... Anyway i have heard that is i have fractured my thoracic spine, or my upper and middle back, that surgery could be up towards 3000$. My dad doesn't like to spend 30$ on me. At first i thought i had pulled a muscle under my right shoulder blade, but now im sure it is something worse.

Any help would be great, and speedy with be even better. As i have said this pain has been getting worse and worse every day, and i have missed school because of it. If i can convince my dad (not gonna happen) to take me to see a doc, i may get answers, but i would rather see what help i can get on here first. If you can answer my question, just call me Jack, as this is probably quicker than typing out Jackdude3006. Now i have somewhere to be, but i need help and fast.

Thank you for your time and a speedy response would be great!

Jack Nutter


  • I am sorry that you are in such pain. Unfortunately back pain does not discriminate, whether you are young, old or in-between, you can have it. My nephew suffered for years, now in his 20's he finally had back surgery. Unfortunately most likely your problem will not go away without professional help. I assume neither of your parents have any health insurance.
    Regardless, you should be consulting with a spinal specialist. Surgery is a last resort, you may not need it. Often some kind of a treatment should be able to help you, but only a doctor can advise you what to do. A consultation should not cost your parents an arm-and- leg, if you absolutely can't afford it, maybe you could be referred to clinic where thy would see you for a reduced fee. Can you talk to a school nurse, or go to county clinic? Good luck, and let us know what happened.
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