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Thoracic pain for 14 months

SushiHeroSSushiHero Posts: 1
edited 01/19/2015 - 8:06 PM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Need help! I've had pain in my thorathoracic spine and surrounding area for over a year now, and despite being proactive in my search for answers I'm starting to feel pretty hopeless.

I've been to a TON of doctors and specialists, none of them have had no real clear idea of what might be wrong. I keep hearing the same thing, "this doesn't make sense", and it's starting to sound a lot like "move along, there's nothing wrong with you."

I started by seeing my primary physician, and his first thought was to send me to PT. So I did the set of PT, and continued to get as much exercise in after as I could manage. No results.

I had an x-ray, which came back normal. Then an MRI, which also came back normal.

I've been to the chiropractor twice, and have had numerous massages, nothing gives me lasting relief. I even went to an acupuncturist, and all I got from that was 3 days of painful muscle spasms (I VERY rarely have gotten muscle spams since this all started).

I saw a neurological specialist, and he thought I might have a condition called ankylosing spondylitis, but there is usually a genetic marker associated with it and I tested negative for that marker. I've also had about 8 blood tests, all of which showed nothing abnormal, except somewhat low vitamin D levels.

I am not sure if it's related, but I also have pain in my upper abdomin, but it only really gets painful (quickly and sharply) if pressed on. The last nurse I saw decided that I MUST have an issue with my gallbladder, but after the pain persisted for around 8 hours after she had pressed on it, I went to the ER and they did a CT scan and said it looked normal. I'm still set up to schedule an ultrasound appointment this week, but I think if my CT scan was clear I probably shouldn't hold onto hope that an ultrasound will reveal something that it didn't.

I have tried a wide variety of medications, nothing has had any last effect. I started out with naproxen, ibuprofin, acetaminophen (all the lighter stuff), then tramadol, gabapentin, muscle relaxers, none of which provided any sort of adequate relief. The only thing that's helped me get through my day semi-normally has been Norco, and they don't want me on it anymore so my need for an answer feels a little more urgent now.

Any advice or insight would be overwhelmingly appreciated. Thank you!!


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

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  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 1,816
    Keep looking , some of us go for years without diagnosis, if we would have listened to the drs that were saying move on or in head we never would have found out what's really causing problem. You know your body best and while u may not know what's causing issues u know something isn't right for 14 months . Keep searching .
    A misconception out there is clear scans equal no pain or problem , this just isn't true in so many ways , same sometimes with bad scans and person has minimal pain. scans should never be the defining factor. Annular tears,, MRI not 100 percent accurate, saying like surgeon said was much worse when got inside than scan showed etc all show scans should not be sold defining factor in determining if person in pain. Educate yourself and ask a lot of questions, it's your life push for answers and hope they are simple ones
    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
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