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Upper/mid back pain ruining my life

tthunsttthuns Posts: 1
edited 09/04/2015 - 11:43 PM in Chronic Pain
Hello, i'm new to this forum, i have been struggling with back pain over since i was 17, i am now 24. i'm not sure how to describe the pain, it feels achy/ tight/sharp. When i am most active seems to trigger the pain, i've tried many exercises, and it just makes it worse, i've change the way i eat, change beds,seen physical therapist, yoga ,aerobic, basically i've tried everything i've could to help me. never found a solution. i have seen multiple doctors, i've had x rays done, but have no answers. my pain has affect my life, its affected relationship, jobs. i cant do any little task without feeling horrible, my pain has brought me into a depression, my friends and family do not understand. my doctor seems to ignore my pain, i do not know what to do or what the hell is going on with my body.

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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    You say you've seen many doctors.
    Have you seen pain management doctor?

    My primary tried to work with my pain couple of years and then referred me to pain management doctor.
    Best thing for me!
    He did different kinds of tests to learn and guide me to best treatments and medications for me.
    He reviewed my past testing and saw things that other doctors did not.

    Meds take the edge off pain, so it's more manageable.
    I also, took myself to see psychiatrist and did some talk therapy for my depression and anxiety.
    Some psychologists even specialize in depression with chronic pain.

    I found and saw that kind of psychologist at the end of my talk therapy. She was most helpful. She actively would guide me, gave me little charts to journal and more.....and presently, I've never felt better in my life..re my thoughts remaining possible.

    It does not need to be a forever thing. I havent seen her in about three or four years. But if I find myself with those not helpful thoughts again, I would not hesitate to make appointment to find this stability again.

    I choose to continue with psychiatrist for med management. I'm stable, but want to stay that way!

    I wish you very best! Please keep us posted on how you are doing!
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    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • Have you considered chiropractic or massage? Maybe you have trigger points that need to be released? Typically pain in the middle upper back COULD mean you have an intolerance to dairy. Did you try and gluten/dairy free diet?
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