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Back pain is ruining my life - please help me

cbp30ccbp30 Posts: 1
edited 10/07/2015 - 4:48 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Hi, I'm turning to this forum because I honestly believe the problem is to the point that there might not be a solution. If you stick with me and read my issue, I really do appreciate it.
I'm 17 now. My pain started at age 16, in May of this year (~6 months). I had begun going to the gym September of last year, and been lifting weights very frequently, and had absolutely no problem/pain in doing so for 8 months until the pain started, but I'm including this in case it helps anyone pinpoint the root of the problem.
So, one day I woke up with pain. A dull ache in my right shoulderblade. I didn't give it much thought; sore muscle, for sure. Except, it continued. A week into this hell, I gave in and got a deep tissue massage. It helped.... for about two hours. The pain kept spreading at this point; I had a coding internship in the summer and was thus in a desk for a long time every day. I had to stop going to the gym, I couldn't bear the pain. I was super irritable, wanting to get home and just lie in bed for the rest of the day - the most miserable summer I've ever had. I went to an orthopedist family friend, who didn't give much thought to it and prescribed me metaxalone. Took metaxalone, didn't do jack crap. At this point, pain was throughout ENTIRE back, but by this I mean at different time intervals it will be upper back pain, and other times it will be lower back pain. The guy brushed it off and didn't really care, so I decided with my parents to see a Chiro. Chiro gave me all these false promises - "oh, why even go to the others, you should've just come to me" he did his adjustments, felt better for 15 minutes... then back to normal. I probably went to this chiro about 10 times. I totally regret it. I have no doubt it made the pain worse. I'm not in a constant need to crack every part of my back, my neck can't move without cracking. I tried three other Chiros, ~10 sessions of physical therapy, bought electrodes, used every day, etc. At this point I've been to probably 12 different doctors and we've spent thousands of dollars and I came to the realization that the pain is at its root myofascial, that it's muscular and that it was ORIGINALLY muscular in its origin - which again, was right scapula. I've been getting a $100 massage EVERY week which hasn't done much. I just went to a doctor who I have liked the most out of all. He told me to get an MRI (x ray was requested in May and had no irregularities) and told me to first try two weeks of PT, but I don't think it's going to change anything. The pain prevents me from enjoying anything, studying, it's drastically reduced my quality of life and I have NO IDEA what is causing it. I've tried improving posture, stretching, etc.
The best description of the pain I can give is a general tightness in the mid-back, super tight (you can feel the contracted lats when you put your finger) and spasming upper back (shoulders, scapulas), and hurting, cracking lower back. I am currently taking ~75 MG Diclofenac Sodium twice a day. It barely even helps. I don't want to become a pill addict either. Could someone please, please, please try to help me - I would do anything to get rid of this curse. None of my friends can relate, or come close to having a pain like this.
Info that might help you: I'm ~6'3.5 (I was 180lbs at the start of pain, ~200 lbs now because I can't do phys activity... just watch netflix and can't be productive because I can't focus) I tend to not have good posture but I never have... and I have tried to keep good posture but it exacerbated the pain. I have tight hamstrings, stretches had no effect on pain.
If anyone could actually help me solve this hell-on-earth situation, I might fly to wherever you are and give you a huge hug.
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I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

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