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Chronic Pain/Soft Tissue Damage/Upper Back Pain

kd3511kkd3511 Posts: 2
edited 02/05/2015 - 3:11 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Car accident December 2012. Diagnosed with sprained back/ neck/ whiplash. Begin Massage Therapy & Acupuncture immediately 1x' week. Became Pregnant March 2013 and was diagnosed with a pelvic upslip in early summer - massage and acupuncture were not really helping accident neck and back issues so switched to physiotherapy exclusively 1x week as of August 2013.
Had baby December 2013 (took brief PT break until January 2014/ recovered from c-section) - started back up with physiotherapy, and going back to the gym.

Prior to the accident I led a very active lifestyle. I lifted weights, and ran. I was very athletic and very health conscious. So returning to the gym, and working my way back to running a 5km route, and lifting weight 3-4 times a week was a normal routine as this was my second time recovering from a pregnancy - this was my second child.

I noticed that through my second pregnancy I had a lot more ached and pains through my neck, back and hips but I was not sure if it was due to the fact that I had my first pregnancy just a year prior. After having my son I was hopeful that my body would heal and things would soon feel normal however as the months progressed and the harder I tried to recover, the more and more pain I continued to feel - and now, I seem to feel like i've hit rock bottom.

My body aches so badly that I am in tears most of the time. My neck is stiff, and had such tender spots all through it. The worst, at this moment is the thoracic aching that is just so deep. It is worse if I bend forward (cooking, typing, picking up kids, sweeping, even sitting), it is horrible to sit (driving) - yet the only relief I have is when I bed forward to open my spine. Its just the worse feeling/ deep horrible ache. I feel like I want to take a hammer and just hit my back - or punch it. I can't describe the way it hurts. I have a hard time standing in one spot (my lower back hurt and feels compressed), its much better if I keep moving. I have shooting/ fleeting pains through my arms, forearms, fingers, back of my legs, and neck - the neck feels as if I am being electrocuted. I have tingling in my fingertips and top of my head. I am depressed from this constant pain.

I have been pregnant, or breastfeeding for most of this ordeal, so medication was only introduced for the past 6 months. Tylenol, and the basics such as robaxacet, aleve and other otc meds seem to not work on me. I tried hydromorph (my husband was on this from the same accident) and it made me throw up for 6 hours. I was put on antidepressants because the dr. thought this would help me with the pain - Paxil made me feel like I couldn't breath, and wellbutrin made me throw up due to ocular migraines (about 10 out of the 14 days I was on it). Then onto Lyrica (a different "type" of med) which made me gain nearly 15 pounds in 1 week and I went back and asked to be put on something else that would not effect my weight. I am now on topamax - which, if any of you are on this medication, know that it causes a lot of mental confusion... and I am still in pain.

On top of these prescriptions I am currently doing:
kinesiology 2x's week
physiotherapy 1x'week
counselling 1x'week

at home every day: foam rolling, trigger point ball, topical compound ointment (diclofenac & amytriptylline) 2x's day, a535 rub, biofreeze ointment, epsom salt baths, heating pad

This is probably not all of it - I am lucky if I can remember things these days. This medication really makes me forget a lot of things. I do try to keep a pain diary because i've tried to see if I can see relation between daily activities and pain, but so far it hasn't helped.

My dr. only says that this is soft tissue damage. I have had X-rays, but they have shown up "normal". I have been referred to a chronic pain specialist, but will have to wait up to 6 months to get in to see him. I am very thankful for this, but I can't help but feel a little bit upset - I really want to know what the root cause of this problem is - I want to know what the reason is that makes my body hurt and feel pain like this. I want to be fixed. I want to run again - I want to have my life back. I feel like my children are suffering for this - they have missed out on so many trips to the park and walks outside in the stroller because of the way I physically and emotionally feel all the time, and its so unfair to them.

Im not sure what I am really looking for by posting on here - not sure at all .... but just thought maybe it might help to write this out and see if anyone can relate.



  • I have upper back pain, left shoulder blade spasm, tight, burning, pins and needles down my left arm, struggling to take a dee breath. I sleep on my back and the pain there stops me from breathing completely. I wish this would go away..
  • ivymiivym Posts: 278
    edited 06/24/2015 - 3:48 AM
    but that might give more answers. For me, it gave me the information I needed for surgery. Personally, I am not a big fan of drugs that have effects on the mind, I think they cause more problems than they cause but that's just me. Good luck.
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