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Upper posterior thoracic muscle spastic pain

BillKBBillK Posts: 1
edited 07/06/2015 - 1:55 AM in Chronic Pain
For the last two months, I've been having upper posterior thoracic muscle spastic pain that is resilient to pain killers. All tests are negative, which makes me think it is muscular pain. Some days are good some are bad. It started with low back pain (lumbar 4 and 5) and moved upwards (from thoracic 4 to thoracic 10). Now it is persistant. Muscle relaxants do help but make me drowsy. I do have myofascial pain in many different areas of my body (thighs, hips, shoulders), to the point that I cannot stay seated for long time. Sometimes the weather (humidity) makes my pain worse. I'm wondering if besides swimming, taking baths, stretching, resting, and medication, there is anything I could do. Also, I would appreciate any insight on what this pain could be caused by.

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  • Do you have structural damage in your Lumbar? What diagnostics have they used so far to look at your thoracic?

    Have you ever tried trigger point shots? They help me, both types. The Botox steroid ones seem to last considerably longer for me (when they're covered by insurance). For muscular stuff I like massaging in aromatherapy oils & hot Epsom salt baths. I know they're just little things but sometimes it just takes a bit to get our pain slightly more manageable.
    I take muscle relaxants, Baclofen but I was on Tizanidine for years. Both work well for me. They made me very sleepy at the start (that's why new patients often just take them at bedtime) but I was surprised how fast (couple of weeks) it took my body to adjust. I never adjusted to Cyclobenzaprin though. That always sends me to sleep.
    I also have a prescription compounded cream (when insurance covers it. It's soooo expensive) with Ketamine & lidocaine to numb & various muscle, nerve meds. They can compound whatever you need for your pain. I can't take the nerve meds orally because of side-effects. No unwanted effects from the cream. ;-)
    I know people who have found thoracic Problems hard to get diagnosed & treated. I went through a 2 year 'stage' when I was diagnosed with sooooo many different syndromes, fibromyalgia etc. all over muscle, nerve pain. For me, it turned out to be part of my reaction to unmanaged pain. Since I've had my arthritis & lumbar pain more controlled all the other 'stuff' has gone away.

    Have you been checked out for arthritis?

    I'm sorry you're hurting. I hope that you get some answers soon. They're so much better at treating pain once they've diagnosed the exact cause.
    Osteoarthritis & DDD.
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