I have been dealing with neck, arm, shoulder and unrelenting thoracic wrap around the rib cage pain that is unrelenting. Physical therapists at multiple places have said well is it lower back or neck or shoulder pain? For the billionth time I say NO ITS MID BACK. It wraps around the right side of my rib cage. Nothing seems to help this. Yes meds take the edge off but pt makes it worse. Sometimes they are massaging me and they all the sudden do a chiropractive move that leaves me unable to breathe deep for 1-2 weeks. Or they will make me lay on a hard roll and that also causes severe pain. I have had ESI IN MULTIPLE THORACIC DISCS and one helped for 4 ish weeks about 40 percent but it wasn't worth the 400 bucks I had to pay.! Does anyone have this and had any results? I feel like I'm doomed with this neck and back pain. I'm broke and everything is expensive. I pay 300 per month out of pocket because I'm an insurance agent. I have a low deductible so I always meet that quickly with meds, but then I still have a 20 percent co insurance. I had to take a big pay cut when I got let go from my restaurant job after I got back from FMLA. Every time I see my pain doc I pay 50 bucks. I spend over 500 per month in medical and I only make 2000 per month. I'm 28! I got denied life insurance because of my meds and I try to keep them to the min. I take cymbalta 90mg daily, robaxin 2x day, norco 10/325 up to 3x day and Xanax 1mg as needed for anxiety. I use a tens unit. Massage helps but I can't afford it. Im stuck because everything except meds are super expensive! Help!
ACDF C4-5 June 23rd, 2011
Another surgery in the near future. I am 26 years old.
Current Meds- Norco 7.5/325, Cymbalta 60mg, Gabapentin, Adderall 20mg