I've had lower back, shoulders, and neck pain for 7 years. I'm almost 33, and have no explanation for the constant pain - it's becoming unbearable. Problem is the pain won't go away. It effects my family and work life. I often leave work early because I hurt so bad. At home I play with my 1yr old but I mostly need to be on my back when playing. I feel incredibly terrible about this as I swore I'd never be like my like my distant parents. I hate not being enthusiastic to sit on the floor or bend over to play with my daughter.
I've had multiple MRIs, scans, and imagining done. I have no material structural damage. My low back and/or upper back and neck always hurt. Radiating pain that never leaves. I've seen specialists in 4 states and none have found a reason for my pain.
The very worst part is that I have tried what seems like every pill/shot; any meds you can think of. I've also tried everything from PT to massages, and acupuncture. Nothing works except narcotics which only masks the pain -- so not the best long term solution.
I played football and lacrosse since I was 6 (for football) and 14 for lacrosse. I played both through college then boxed post college. After a few years off (and without getting better), I started Brazilian jiu jitsu which actually feels pretty good when training. Point is, I'm very active. In addition to the actual training, I also do quite a bit of yoga, core exercises (designed to strengthen the abs, specifically for stability of the back), I swim, and just began to do spinning.
I feel like I'm doing all necessary steps, seeing all the right doctors, yet the pain persists. It's incredibly frustrating, and I've run out of places to turn. It's too often that I sleep downstairs on the living room floor to get my back flat. It's 415a.m. as I write this, hurting and unable to be in bed with my wife.
Has anyone else had unexplained pain with a similar story? How did you deal or fix it? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Would love to hear how others with a similar situation figured it out.