I'm coming here basically at my wit's end in regard to this pain. To briefly summarize my story - I am a 25 year old active male and in January of this year I noticed some pressure in my mid-left upper back. Nothing I would even call pain for the most part - just a strange pressure. This continued for months and as I am a personal trainer and frequent weight-lifter I went to get it checked out by an ortho doctor just to be safe. I had an MRI of the shoulder which showed nothing at the time (in March) and a few weeks of physical therapy but since there was not much "pain" to begin with I stopped and felt fine for a while.
In August the feeling went away entirely and I was absolutely overjoyed thinking this was behind me. Then in September following vacation I did some heavy lifting following a week away from any physical activity and the feeling came back - this time as actual mild pain. Early in October I went on a trip and felt myself constantly "cracking" my upper back due to discomfort which led to sharper pain - however at this point pain was still intermittent and not terribly bad, I would have good days and bad days.
For the past 2-3 weeks I now have dull to sharp pain constantly in my upper back from the minute I wake up until the minute I go to bed. It is always to the left of my spine just under where the shoulder blade ends. I can press on the spot and feel sharp pain there which seems to radiate out and up into my shoulder. I've noticed it hurts the worst if I adduct my shoulder blades down and together, or if I pull my left arm across my body and stretch my back in that area. I was hoping it was just a muscle knot, but a foam roller, massage, and chiropractor were all unable to even touch it long-term (though the latter two provided relief for a day or two). I would say it is a constant dull 2-3 with spikes of 4-5 on the pain scale. I'm trying to avoid continuing any of these treatments until I see a doctor as I'm afraid of doing further damage.
I'm also at the point where I used to be able to rely on ibuprofen and a hot bath to take this pain away for a few days but now neither does anything for it. It's seriously affecting me as I am a very physically active person (and part of my career relies on this) and I cannot even lift at this point. The gym is also my biggest way to de-stress so not being able to actively work out has made me extremely depressed and anxious about this pain fearing it will become chronic.
I have an appointment next week with a doctor who specializes in back pain. I've also had a CT scan with contrast earlier in the year which showed normal results of my internal organs including my pancreas (which I feared might be the problem). I just wanted to pick everyone here's brain and see if anyone has any clue what this might be or what I can do to alleviate my symptoms - like I said I'm driving myself crazy fearing this will become a permanent problem which is a very depressing thought to me!