Firstly my background: 48 years old, a veteran of the US Navy, not very physically active. Most of my medical care is done through the VA system. I have been "diagnosed" with degenerative disk in three places, one in each primary area of the spine. My doctors concentrate on my cervical spine as the damage is most obvious in x-rays.
I am going insane trying to convince my primary care (PCP) that my pain is real. Near the bottom of my shoulder blades at I think T7 and just to the right, the pain is nearly constant and nearly debilitating. But here is the part that makes my PCP question my pain: as the back pain increases my hands cramp, then I "crack" the knuckles of my two middle fingers on both hands and the pain in my back is mostly relived. Problem is, I can feel the pain building as slowly increasing pressure, both the spine and the hands, until I do the same thing over again and the process starts all over. The pain peaks anywhere within 5 to 15 minutes, depending on activity. Standing at the sink doing dishes, 5 minutes. Sitting still watching TV, 15 minutes. Laying in bed (assuming I can get comfortable enough to lay still), 10 minutes. I am finally having an MRI in a few weeks, but if the x-rays are any indication I have little hopes the MRI will show anything.
Again, the most difficult part to explain to my PCP, or anyone else for that matter, is the relationship between my thoracic spine and my fingers.
Please, does anyone else experience such pain or can anyone give me suggestions where I can find information?