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Jeff JJJeff J Posts: 1
edited 12/13/2015 - 1:53 PM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
Hello-I'm 53.Just a summary of my last 10 years. Even though i was in a terrible car wreck in 1986 while in the Army that broke my left leg in 8 places below the knee i never had back pain at all-That is until 2005.My first time ever having back pain of any kind happened while i was doing factory work in 2005.I was lifting a heavy car part and placing it in a fixture to be machined.As i held the part out in front of me a pain shot through my mid back and my back has literally never stopped hurting since that day and that was 10 years ago. I've had quite a few MRI's and X-ray's done over the years,these show a few bulges and narrowing of spaces between the disc and mild arthritis. The doctors say i should not be in the pain i describe i'm in.None of them ever want to operate.An X-ray in 2007 shows my spine straight but X-rays in 20012 show a noticeable curve now,doctors say it's not true scoliosis though. In fact i wonder if they even believe me when i tell them how bad i hurt. I've had numerous epidural injections which only help for a short time,lots of physical therapy which never completely cures,just helps for a short time.I go to the chiropractor once or twice a month,sometimes he helps,sometimes he makes it worse. I used to be able to take hydrocodone which helped,but now with stricter laws in force i can't take that because i have a CDL license.So now all i take is Tylenol and Aleve(lots of each) which doesn't help the pain much. I've been out a small fortune trying to find pain relief even though i have reasonably good health insurance and VA healthcare.I'm at my wits end. I've really thought about ending it all a few times as the pain is robbing my of the active lifestyle i once had a decade ago. I read about a condition known as spinal instability and have decided i might have that issue as my mid back pops and cracks alot,plus i feel the need to try and self adjust my back. I read about Prolotherapy and wondered if anyone on here has ever tried that? I called one Prolotherapist and was not convinced that the treatment would be worth trying as no insurance covers it,plus sounded like it would be very expensive and all the offices are very far away from my location in Kentucky. Anyone have any idea's or suggestions? Doctor recommendations?I know i'm not alone on here with these types of issues-hoping someone has found some kind of relief i could benefit from.Also my neck has started bothering me a few years ago-I feel its related to my mid-back but i could be wrong.Maybe my problems are related to the car wreck of long ago? I just don't know how i can hold out much longer as it's all i can do to make it through work each day.I also avoid any kind of social situation because my back hurts me so bad. I live alone and its hell dealing with this by yourself.

Welcome to Spine-Health

One of the most important things that members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. It is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. This is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.

So many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. The more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, The fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. Many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.

Here are some questions that you should answer:

  • - When did this first start?

    . Year, Your age, etc
- Was it the result of an accident or trauma?
- Are there others in your family with similar medication conditions?
- What doctors have you seen? (Orthopedic, Neurosurgeon, Spine Specialist, etc)

  • . Which doctor did you start with? Ie Primary Care Physician
    . Who are you currently seeing?
- What Conservative treatments have you had? Which ones?

  • . Physical Therapy
    . Ultrasound / Tens unit
    . Spinal Injections
    . Acupuncture
    . Massage Therapy
- What diagnostic tests have you had? And their results (MRI, CTScan, XRay, EMG, etc)

  • . Summarize the results, please do not post all details, we cannot analyze them
    . How many different tests have you had over the years? Similar results?
- What medications are you currently using? (details, dosage, frequency, etc)

  • . Name of Medication
    . How long have you been using this?
    . Results
- Has surgery been discussed as an option? (If so, what kind)
- Is there any nerve pain/damage associated?
- What is your doctor’s action plan for treating you?

Providing answers to questions like this will give the member community here a better understanding
of your situation and make it easier to respond.

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I also strongly suggest that you take a look at our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) which can be found at the top of the forum menu tab or by going to FAQ There you will find much information that will

  • - Help you better utilize the Spine-Health system
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Please remember that no one at Spine-Health is a formally trained medical professional.
Everything that is posted here is based on personal experiences and perhaps additional research.
As such, no member is permitted to provide

  • - Analysis or interpretation of any diagnostic test (ie MRI, CTscan, Xray, etc)
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What could be good for someone could spell disaster for another.
You should also consult your doctor to better understand your condition and the do’s and don’t’s.

It is very important that new members (or even seasoned members) provide others with details about their condition(s). It is virtually impossible to help another member when all the details we have are

I’ve had this for years, it hurts, I cant move my shoulder – what could this be, what treatment should I get?

Diagnosing spinal problems can be very difficult. In many ways it’s like a game of clue. Especially, when the diagnostic tests come back negative – no trouble found! Then it’s up to the patient and the doctor to start digging deeper. The doctor is like a detective. They need clues to help them move along. So, you as the patient need to provide the doctor with all sorts of clues. That is like it is here. Without having information about a condition, its impossible for anyone here to try to help.

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--- Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Moderator : 12/13/15 19:53 est

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