I'm new to this chat site and always looking for similar situations for guidance on my issues. Originally I had lumbar fusion (L5/S1) over 15 years ago & had exceptional success. Earlier this year I started suffering from extreme pain between my shoulder blades. This is a hot burning, stabbing pain that tends to radiate more to the right shoulder back area. I started with my family physician for x-rays & sent me on to my prior spine surgeon. He did a cervical MRI showing sight buldge/degeneration of C5 & C6 but nothing pronounced. From there I was transferred to his pain management team. This doctor said I was suffering from a rib head out - without even examining me! He sent me to 6 weeks of painful physical therapy which just made the pain worse & finally therapist said there was nothing more he could do that it was more in depth & a spinal issue he could not solve. I went back to the pain management doctor which performed a thoracic MRI showing slight buldge/degeneration of T6 & T7 and prescribed meds to help with the pain. After a few weeks I couldn't handle the pain so I went back for a follow up. He then said go to my family physician as this was NOT a spinal issue (again, no examination!). My family physician was sympathetic & said this IS a spinal issue and sent me to his neurologist. This neurologist prescribed another thoracic MRI w/contrast only to find the same T6 & T7 herniation & degeneration along with a few other levels of degeneration. He prescribed more meds (& I can't take narcotics due to severe sensitivity) & said he didn't know what else to tell me because he's not a surgeon so he can't help me. I went back to my family physician who sent me to a different pain management specialists. She performed occipital nerve & cervical injections which did absolutely nothing but give me extreme headaches the first round. After a follow up & with the holidays coming she wanted to give it another try 10 days later. We did so & the same outcome - severe headaches & no pain relief what so ever. I went back to my family physician who now wants me to see a neurosurgeon for possible spinal stimulator. I said I believe I should see a spinal specialist. I don't want to mask the pain - I want to find resolution & fix the issue! Does anyone out there have any suggestions as to which specialist (neurologist - spine specialist) I should see or what testing I should insist be done to help find a resolution?