So basically, this started about five years ago (21 now) with upper back/trap tightness and tension-headaches. This turned into thoracic-area-back-pain. Fast forward today and I'm just always in so much pain I don't know what to do with myself. I basically spend the entire day on my computer or watching tv. (Had to take a year off university. Cant not hold a job). I stretch periodically and foam roll (only when i can). Theres times i can not even stand getting on the foam roller.
My pain ranges from moderate to severe and is always there. Its either muscular dominate or very bad down my spine (one or the other most of the time). It can be dull, achey, burning, pins and needles, or like someone is wedging something against my back. I feel it in my neck (cervical spine), middle of my back (thoracic spine) and upper lumber spine. Pretty much every muscle in my back is sore and tender. Pain in shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, wrists. (not all at once, and pain comes and goes). Tender spots (chest, elbow, quads, calves, back, neck). Get a headache where it almost wraps around from the front top of my head all the way down into my neck/upper traps. When the pain is really bad i just need to be alone, I can not even talk to anyone.
Not sleepy at night, and tired during the day (it almost feels to me like its the middle of the night at 3PM!) Stomach seems sensitive to spicey,sour foods. Chronic sinus problems/ nasal drip / dry cough. Not the greatest memory, write things down often and still see to forget. Sometimes get dizziness and also very shaky mostly hands. Sometimes feel like I'm in a "fog". Pain worse in the morning (can't even get out of bed for a good 10-15minutes) then gets manageable. Gets worse again towards the middle of the night. It can be as bad as severe low back pain where I can not stand for more then a minute or two.. really bad thoracic pain where i just curl up in a ball on my bed. Sometimes its so bad I can barely get to the washroom at night. Or I feel like I will throw up and bring a pale (but i have never actually thrown up)!
Tried Acupuncture - did not help
Tried deep tissue massage - helped maybe a day at most
Physiotherapist recommended by surgeon - went to for a year and no improvement
Myofascial Specialized Physiotherapist - went to for a year and no major improvement
Rheumatologist said - NO R.A.
Pain Management Specialist - Anastasia injections (takes pain completely away, never lasts longer than 3-6hours). ......................................................- Discharged after they determined they could not help me
Surgeon - Surgery not an option at the moment.
Currently just doing a mix of stretches, yoga poses, and foam rolling when i feel i can.
Medications I have tried:
cyzlobenzaprine - Did not do much
amytriptalyine - Did very little
nortriptayline - Did very little
Gabapentine - Helped a little (at 1800mg /day)
Cymbalta - Did not really help
Lyrica - Helped maybe, but had baddddd side effects
Advil, Tylenol, Ibroprophen* - Do next to nothing
(Currently not taking any of these). Between not wanting to take them because i felt like i was taking too much, and not being able to get a doc. appointment and being in a whole lot of pain... i ended up coming of them. (No, I was not taking the entire list at the same time).
Medical marijuana - helps with pain management and keeps me from going crazy from pain! But still in a great deal of pain.
Vitamin D and Omega-3. (no noticed difference?)
X-ray #1: slight scoliosis at L2-3.
X-ray #2: minimal lower thoracic scoliosis and ddd
MRI: schmorls nodes between T6-%12 with disc space narrowing and loss of disc signal, T10-11 moderate broad-based disc bulge + posterior osteophystes causes mild cord compression, ddd T6-T12, partial wedging T11, T10-11 herniation with mild cord compression. (This mri is about two years old).
-Rear Ended by truck 8 years ago
-Serious weight lifting/bodybuilding starting around 16 (with a professional trainer)
I don't really know what to do right now. My parents are pushing me to start exercising but for some reason i can not find it in me to do it. Like I want to mentally (I had even bought a station bike to use at home, but it did not end up getting used us much as i thought i wanted to).